From Pine View Farm

If You Haven’t Visited the Grand Canyon, Now Is the Time 1

Some Arizonans are determined to despoil it. From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

There’s a potentially harmful initiative on the November ballot that asks voters to amend the Arizona Constitution in an attempt to take jurisdiction over the Grand Canyon. That’s right, Arizona lawmakers want to lay claim to one of the seven natural wonders of the world so they can open up millions of acres to livestock grazing, logging, mining and who knows what else.

I’ve been there twice, once to the South Rim and once to the much-less-visited North Rim.

I find this effort appalling and barbarous.


1 comment

  1. George Smith

    October 24, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Secessionistas. You’ll have noticed it’s unconstitutional and that Arizona doesn’t even have the money to maintain its own state lands. They try to rephrase it as a Sagebrush Rebellion, which sounds nicer. Now I’m thinking we should have a pool to buy copies of Better Off Without ‘Em. Although I haven’t read the book the author has made the point in interview that if these people had a separate country and were thrown to the global economy, they’d have to change and get better, not just sell everything off until they had a heavily armed, poverty stricken, fundamentalist religious third world dump. Of course, the idea of a new Confederacy with the second biggest military in history might give the rest of the world a severe case of indigestion. But it wouldn’t be that much worse than it is now, right?