Hypocrisy from all...
Dec 13, 2012 | 747 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Moab appears to be organizing yet another circular firing squad, this time over the proposal to “protect” over a million acres surrounding Canyonlands. Both sides profess a deep and abiding love for the land, but both sides are hypocritical.

Extractive industries want what they can take from the land in order to make money. The outdoor recreation industry loves the land because it also gives them an opportunity to make money. Jim Stiles has been pointing out the recreation industry’s schizophrenia in the Zephyr for years.

Last week’s T-I contained an excellent op-ed piece by Sarah Gilman, “Writers on the Range.” She raises tough and interesting questions to those who want to protect the land from resource development. Are you willing to give up your cars, your swamp coolers, your entire electric life to protect the land? Is it really OK to trash land that other people love so you can continue your consumptive lifestyle? State Route 128 was built pretty much by miners and ranchers. How about it Castle Valley folks – would you love Castle Valley as much if there was no road to get there?

You motor recreationists just need to be a little reasonable. There are thousands of miles of legitimate roads. You couldn’t drive them all in a lifetime. It is not necessary or appropriate to be able to drive everywhere, and you’ve all seen the damage from those who try. If you want a voice in the discussion you need to get active in policing your own, participate in improvement projects, respect reasonable restrictions and discover the simple and healthy joy of walking short distances without the continual drone of engines.

It’s too bad the land and its diminishing flora and fauna can’t speak for themselves. (Who cares what they think anyway?) If they could talk, I’ll bet they’d say, “Can we just have a little break, please? Can we just have some peace and quiet?”

Happy Holidays!

—Steve Russell

Moab


Copyright 2013 The Times-Independent. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

report abuse...

Express yourself:

We're glad to give readers a forum to express their points of view on issues important to this community. That forum is the “Letters to the Editor.” Letters to the editor may be submitted directly to The Times-Independent through this link and will be published in the print edition of the newspaper. All letters must be the original work of the letter writer – form letters will not be accepted. All letters must include the actual first and last name of the letter writer, the writer’s address, city and state and telephone number. Anonymous letters will not be accepted.

Letters may not exceed 400 words in length, must be regarding issues of general interest to the community, and may not include personal attacks, offensive language, ethnic or racial slurs, or attacks on personal or religious beliefs. Letters should focus on a single issue. Letters that proselytize or focus on theological debates will not be published. During political campaigns, The Times-Independent will not publish letters supporting or opposing any local candidate. Thank you letters are generally not accepted for publication unless the letter has a public purpose. Thank you letters dealing with private matters that compliment or complain about a business or individual will not be published. Nor will letters listing the names of individuals and/or businesses that supported a cause or event. Thank you letters about good Samaritan acts will be considered at the discretion of the newspaper.