Shameful shenanigans...
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It’s too bad that San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman has abandoned the child in him who hiked in wonderment in Recapture Canyon, to become the adult that, no matter how he sugarcoats it, will break the law on May 10 if he and his followers illegally ride in a watery canyon bottom on a route properly closed to motor vehicles.

Of course, it’s not surprising behavior from Mr. Lyman, who last fall threatened to unilaterally reopen federal lands in the county during the government shutdown. Only the actions of Gov. Herbert and the Department of Interior saved the county from a possible ugly confrontation with parks personnel.

It seems reckless and bullying behavior is his trademark. Why is it that no one has the backbone to put Mr. Lyman in his place for advocating and perhaps taking part in an unlawful ride on an illegal route? Or is it really the case that if you’re a county commissioner you get to decide which laws to follow and which ones to ignore?

What does it say about the character of other government officials and citizens in San Juan County that they tolerate Mr. Lyman’s shameful shenanigans? Having hiked many times in Recapture Canyon, I hope the Bureau of Land Management, as steward of our public lands, will continue protecting the canyon’s riparian world from the noise, pollution, and destruction of motorized vehicles.

That way it can stay a quiet world for children to let their imaginations run wild. Children know only too well that when adults try to force their will upon special places, the magic goes out of them.

—Marc Thomas


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