The “review” of Carrizo Plain National Monument is not over by any means. The Tribune’s headline last month that the monument “would not be eliminated” was simply a play on words.
A reduction of 95 percent is not elimination. There were going to be reductions in “only a handful” of monuments — another play on words. How many M&M’s are in a “handful”? The public had 60 days to comment on this “review,” and responded with 2.7 million comments, the vast majority of which said leave our monuments alone.
On Aug. 24, Secretary Ryan Zinke was to submit his recommendations to the president, which presumably he did. But no one knows what they were. Why the secrecy? What is there to hide, and why? What a sad commentary on our officials, who should love and cherish our national parks, monuments, wildlife refuges, forests and grasslands, which all stand as examples of this nation’s best idea.
Certain folks say, what is wrong with a review? The answer is, nothing, if it is truly just a review. But a review doesn’t happen that way; there is usually a hidden agenda somewhere. Come on, Mr. Secretary, step up and tell us the truth.
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Neil Havlik, San Luis Obispo