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Free Press Letter: Monument vs. Park issue brings up questions

There is irony in the status quo regarding Colorado National Monument. Would “The Monument” ever have come about without the efforts of John Otto? Would that have been opposed as well?

Monument status is a first step in the concept of protecting and sharing its natural beauty. If this status was inadequate, then it might require a change in status. Is there?

In any event, as a national park, it would show up without the “trimmings:” Accommodating fewer people without a full cadre of facilities other parks have. Would it have more potential for development? Who would oppose that?

Fred Stewart

Grand Junction, Colo.


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