The proposed removal of a statue of General Robert E. Lee spawned a protest that attracted the worst elements of society, leading to the tragic deaths of three people. The president favors keeping Confederate statues.
I do not downplay the moral importance of Charlottesville, but while the news is focused on monuments made of stone, the fate of millions of acres of our natural heritage remains uncertain. The administration's review of national monuments, the public lands variety, is lacking in transparency. What criteria are being considered in eliminating our national monuments? We don’t know. We do know that Secretary Zinke has visited only a few of the 27 national monuments under “review”. Certainly, none are expected to be increased.
Zinke's recommendations are to be released soon. Monuments made of stone can be moved to a museum. Our natural heritage can’t. If you haven’t already done so please contact Senators Flake and McCain and your congressperson to save our protected lands and the natural heritage they represent.
Disclaimer: As submitted to the Arizona Daily Star.