Letter: The enemy is us

Sunday, December 10, 2017
The enemy is us

We live in dark times. We are faced daily with negative news about drugs, rape, murder, natural disasters and terrorism, events that threaten what peace we are able to maintain. We run to places such as Bears Ears, and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to restore peace to our minds and souls.

We fear North Korea and foreign terrorists are going to kill us and destroy our lives. Yet we have our own terrorism here at home. These terrorists are threatening and destroying ecosystems that give us life. A bounty has been put on wolves and bears who are murdered while asleep in their dens. African elephants are murdered, too, in cold blood as game.

Oil pipelines are leaking into the ground and our water resources. Natural disasters are not enough to destroy us. We destroy ourselves.

Bears Ears is going to be reduced by 85 percent to 315 square miles and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument reduced by 3,000 square miles to 1,569 miles. The same terrorists do not believe in climate change and global warming, and remove protective laws and regulations from our environment. These actions are not making America great; temporary gain of greed is only temporary.

Once natural resources are destroyed, what will sustain us and our way of life? Our government has poured millions of dollars into other countries after they experienced mass destruction. We are raping our lands and murdering our animals. I ask who will come to our aid to save us from our self-inflicted destruction?