September 21, 2017  
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Editorial: Monumental mixup
Editorial: Monumental mixup

U.S. President Donald Trump has called the designation of national monuments "a massive federal land grab," even though those lands are already public. He ordered a review of national monuments created in recent decades with the aim of undoing, shrinking, or undermining them by imposing incompatible uses.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage has testified to Congress that if the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument is “put into preservation, it’s dangerous.” He wants to rescind it, even though it is helping to bring prosperity to an economically devastated region.

Last week, Trump tweeted, “Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our [Confederate] statues and monuments.”

Last week, LePage echoed Trump. He likened the removal of Confederate statues to taking down monuments for those who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

Trump and LePage want to preserve monuments to those who committed treason against the United States in the name of history, while ruining monuments that preserve our natural and cultural history.

They suffer from interminable monumental confusion.

Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2017 (Archive on Thursday, September 14, 2017)
Posted by Jym St. Pierre   Contributed by Jym St. Pierre
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