Daily Sun News Editorial

Legacies should be downsized

Our nation’s founding forefathers believed very strongly that the king shouldn’t hold title to large tracts of land. And as our country came into being, one of our core principles was restricted government ownership.

But that principle has been lost on recent presidents creating legacies for themselves.

That changed Monday with the Trump Administration’s decision to slash the sizes of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments in Utah. We hope Trump should also follows Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s Tuesday recommendation to do the same with the Cascade-Siskiyou and Gold Butte national monuments, as well.

For far too long, our presidents have abused the Antiquities Act of 1906 to restrict public access, use and enjoyment of western lands to create mammoth legacies to themselves.

But the act was written to allow protecting and preserving small acreages. We’re glad Trump realizes that.

Cutting the size of mammoth national monuments will stimulate rural economies by restoring traditional commercial and private uses like commercial timber harvests, mining, firewood gathering, hunting, fishing, off-roading and more.

Our founding fathers never intended for presidents to dictate the use of millions of acres. Instead, they believe you and I should be responsible for it.

We’re glad Trump is more interested in restoring our principles than in creating a legacy to himself and others.


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