Since the time of Theodore Roosevelt, National Monuments have been created to protect historic, cultural and natural places that belong to all Americans, Craters of the Moon in our state being an example. Now, under the current administration, National Monuments are under dire threat. On Dec. 6, on a visit to Utah, two treasures — Bears Ears, which encompasses important Native American cultural sites, and Grand Staircase Escalante, an environmental wonderland — were scheduled to be reduced significantly despite the outcry of a coalition of Native American organizations and all of us American citizens who love these places. I visit both places often, and I believe they should be saved as is in their current state. They belong to all of us.
Suzanne Marsall, Coeur d’Alene