Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Get your facts straight on the monument

    I am flummoxed by the continued misinformation foisted upon the public about the proposed Boulder-White Clouds National Monument.
    In recent weeks, we’ve read news stories in which Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune called the Boulder-White Clouds “unprotected” and Idaho gubernatorial candidate A. J. Balukoff suggested Castle Peak could be mined.
    Pesky facts: Public Law 92-400, which created the Sawtooth National Recreation Area by an act of Congress and in which the said mountains (and peak) reside, has protected the Boulder-White Clouds since 1972.  And the law makes mining Castle Peak impossible.
    With obfuscation and misinformation, right-hearted but wrong-headed monument advocates (I’m being generous here) are taking advantage of people’s good nature as the public leans into so-called conservation groups to do the thinking for us.  
    Whether you are the leader of a national organization, a political candidate, or simply a citizen, relying on information from advocacy groups who abuse public trust through deliberate and persistent misrepresentation is a fool’s errand. Go to source documents and check the facts.
Carol A. Eleazer
Sun Valley


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