Heads need to roll over monument ban

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By S. Price
Colorado needs to take back ALL of the public lands from the federal government. The federal government consistently does very little to provide services they are being paid to do. Instead it keeps expanding the number of employees or agencies and reducing its services. It make arbitrary decisions that costs the tax payers money or have to go to court to settle issues created by their overreaching authority. Colorado public lands were maintained exceedingly better before the feds stuck their nose in.

The Sentinel’s editorial is right on the money.
On it’s face, from a philosophical point of view, I don’t care whether you call the piece of ground in question “Colorado National Monument” or “Colorado Canyons National Park”.
My main concern has always been that Mesa County, and especially Glade Park, voters don’t fully understand what they are up against.
To gain a more complete understanding of the evil nature of arrogant federal government overreach, I wish every voter in Mesa County would take the time to read the blog I posted on my website titled, “Arrogant government scumbaggery tries to shut down venerable oyster farm” at http://bit.ly/1lNYxsv . The two video documentaries I embedded in the post are especially interesting and informative.
Dr. Cory S. Goodman, an environmental scientist, had to file an FOIA request (which the National Park Service refused) to get the data the NPS used to justify closing an oyster farm which actually benefited the environment. Diane Feinstein intervened, and Goodman was finally given the data. After examining it, Goodman said: “When I got that data two weeks later, it was clear that there actually had been an 80% decline (in harbor seal numbers) at a location. That was a location called sand bar A. That location was in the wilderness area. That location was far, far away from the oysters. That location – it’s a long story – but the sand bar had become connected to the mainland, and both hikers (i.e. one source of problems, human beings) as well as coyotes and other predators were getting across and chasing them away. Sure enough, there had been exactly the 80% decline IN THE WILDERNESS AREA. Did I mention: in the wilderness area? That’s where humans were disturbing harbor seals, and there was no such decline anywhere near the oyster farm. Now, if you saw one mistake, you’d say, well OK, you might say, sloppy use of data. But the fact is, now – and I’ve only given you the tip of the iceberg – we’re seeing mistake after mistake after mistake; misuse of data after misuse of data after misuse of date. And it’s always with the same sign. Finding environmental harm where none exists. That’s not science. That’s a belief. That’s an agenda. And what do I call that? In the world I come from, it’s called misconduct. That’s called scientific misconduct.”
Where I come from, we call behavior such as that manifested by Lisa Eckert’s edict “manipulativeness” and “arrogance”.
I believe those who take the time to watch the videos will call the overreach “lying”.
It doesn’t much matter what you call it, as long as you understand the nature of the bureaucratic beast you are dealing with.

Thank you for understanding how such “capricious” decisions affect the very lives and livings of individuals who count on access to public roadways. With her unilateral prohibition of essential vehicles, Eckert may have forever extinguished any chance that she will be the superintendent of a national park instead of a national monument. Though the NPS manages the Monument, one has to wonder why those like Eckert are so out-of-touch with the real-world challenges of those who live right outside it boundaries. Glade Park is a ranching community; fuel, hay, livestock, and other commodities are the lifeblood of that little town. Anyone who has ever attempted to drive Little Park Road with a big load in inclement weather knows that it presents much greater dangers than the potential “hazards” of Monument Road. Eckert’s poorly executed pronouncement, if not reversed, will consign the ranchers of Glade Park, to the near impossible and extremely dangerous task of trying to maintain their operations by risking their safety on infamous Little Park Road.

PART 2: From a purely pragmatic point of view, I oppose turning the Colorado National Monument into Colorado Canyons National Park. Doing so erroneously presupposes honorable intentions and forthright behavior from Big Bureaucracy, neither of which are likely to happen any time soon.
In the fascinating case of the Drake’s Bay Oyster Company, Ken Salazar and Big Bureacracy were opposed to the oyster farm, while Pete McCloskey and Diane Feinstein were in favor of the oyster farm.
The National Academy of Sciences, at public expense, had done two studies on the issue, and came to the conclusion there was no adverse environmental impact by the oysters. Feinstein went along with new legislation provided those studies be part of the legislation (which would help the oyster farm be grandfathered in). The Department of Interior and NPS dismissed the NAS studies out of hand because the NAS had not defined the word “major”. Obviously Big Bureaucracy had an unspoken agenda, which was that the “first marine wilderness in continental U.S.” could be designated.
So much for the naive idea that the public right of way and access to Glade Park can or will be written into the proposed legislation. Big Bureacracy and Congress, like the proverbial 800-pound gorilla can do whatever they want to any time they please. Anybody who doesn’t like that will have to learn how to fight the local Good-Old-Boy duopoly political hacks and assorted players at all levels who, directly or indirectly, support and enable centralized anti-constitution Big Brother corruption and cronyism.
The devil you know is preferable to the devil you don’t know. If the CNM were turned into a national park, as a pragmatic really, there will literally be no end to the bureaucratic garbage which can be pulled by the type of lying NPS bureaucrats who base their agenda-driven manipulations of the fraudulent pretense that they care more about “children” and “the environment” than the rest of us.
I’m talking about the type of illogic which allows daily recreational bicycle travel to make life more difficult and dangerous for nonrecreational Glade Part traffic, but pretends that a two-hour restriction for a world-class professional bicycle race which would draw favorable attention and economic activity to the area is a violation of the NPS’s prime directive and the best interests of the resource.
In my opinion, any and all heads which are diseased with that type of manipulative illogic should indeed roll. (Hyperbolically and politically speaking, of course.)

The Sentinel is right, designating the Monument a National Park will not increase the authority one whit. However, why encourage the Federal Government’s outrageous behavior by approving any upgrade.

We have seen in this decision and the unilateral decision issued by the BLM on the Sage Grouse that the Federal Government Officials have no desire to work with the local population. It is their way or the highway.

Where does this power come from, for bureaucracies to make decisions with out consent of the Governed? Where are the powers derived? There is no part of the Constitution which allows Government Agencies to make any decisions damaging taxpayers.

The Arrogance is complete. Do not give them more excuses. No National Park.



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