It’s time to support national monument proposal

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The Organ Mountains (Photo by Heath Haussamen)

The Organ Mountains (Photo by Heath Haussamen)

It is time for Doña Ana County residents to stand up to the special interests and support the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument proposal.

We are heir to the beautiful heritage of the Organ Mountains, and it’s our civic responsibility to preserve them for future generations. That is why it is so important for us to support the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument proposal.

Rancher and President Theodore Roosevelt stated it best: “There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy, and its charm.” Also, it will boost our local economy – more jobs!

However, a few ranchers and Tea Party members oppose this legislation for dubious reasons and constantly voice anti-federal government rhetoric. There is the constant harping about border security and watersheds.

Unfortunately, these individuals are entirely misguided and politicizing these important matters.

One of their key criticisms is about the restrictive aspects of the Wilderness Act of 1964 and 1980. Ironically both pieces of legislation were largely written under the supervision of the powerful ranching interests. The legislation entrenches livestock grazing interests in our national wilderness preservation system for all time.

The ranching industry even pressured the Bureau of Land Management to lower the federal grazing fee to only $1.35 per animal unit per month – the lowest amount in years. It must be remembered that taxpayers are subsidizing federal grazing. The federal government spends at least $144 million each year managing the private livestock grazing but collects only $21 million in grazing fees.

This is for only 18,000 public-land ranchers all over the country and 157 million acres of public land.

Pearce’s forum a façade and sham

Southern New Mexico residents should also know that Congressman Pearce had a private and secret dinner meeting on April 30 with developers associated with the Builders Trust of New Mexico and the New Mexico Home Builders Association, both of Albuquerque. This is revealed in a series of e-mails dated April 30, May 1 and May 4. It was to develop a strategy to undermine the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument proposal and to gain support for the congressman’s “pro-developer” position.

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After a surely “hearty meal,” this cabal then told the New Mexico Home Builders Association and the Las Cruces Building Association to e-mail members to support Congressman Steve Pearce’s miniature national monument by attending Mr. Pearce’s so-called public forum.

Here is part of the May 1 e-mail from the Builders Trust: “Several of us had dinner with Congressman Pierce (sic) and his people and they asked if our Las Cruces contingent could get some folks over to this event to support Pierce’s (sic) PRO DEVELOPER position.”

Congressman Pearce’s forum was a façade and a sham. Obviously the Pearce proposal will allow developers to build in the Desert Peaks area and the Organ Mountains foothills. This is a travesty. Frontiersman Davy Crockett best described these political antics by Congressman Steve Pearce: ”There ain’t no ticks like poly-ticks. Bloodsuckers all.”
It is clear that Congressman Pearce is tied up with the special interests. He does not seem concerned about our community. By the way, here is a question for Mr. Pearce – who paid for dinner?

Preserve this important heritage

It is time for Doña Ana County residents to stand up to the special interests and support the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument proposal. Doña Ana County residents should write to President Obama and ask him to establish a national monument for the Organ Mountains-desert peaks area before it is carved up by the special interests.

Let’s preserve this important heritage for the present and unborn generations.

Greg Lennes, a retired businessman, lives in Las Cruces.

4 thoughts on “It’s time to support national monument proposal

  1. Here is a wonderful song for the “Author” called the Tree Hugger by Antsy Pants
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R378SwPH-b0
    Here are some of the lyrics–
    And the flower
    Would be its offering
    Of love to the desert
    And the desert
    So dry and lonely
    That the creatures all
    Appreciate the effort
    After hearing this song I bet the the Author is inspired and is out hugging trees. Be careful though – don’t hug a cactus!

  2. Writing to Obama to get relief would be tantamount to talking to the wall. The bill introduced and supported by Pearce is the best idea to come down the pike. The author of this piece is obviously a treehugger who is in favor of what is happening in Tombstone with the water that supplies the town. 
    It is the desire to tie up the land and water in the country to use as a choke hold on the states and communities. Anyone who is not myopic can see through the scam being perpetrated on society. Follow the money trail.

  3. These are the kind of people that really get mad when mountain lions come down the mountain and eat their poodles.  They rip out the local fauna so they can transplant Arizona scenery into their contrived little manicured desert scapes. Then they want fast food, movies theaters and Walmart just down the street because it is too inconvenient to drive to Las Cruces.  This kind of development cannot be supported by the water in the area.
    No respect, none.
    “Obviously the Pearce proposal will allow developers to build in the Desert Peaks area and the Organ Mountains foothills.”