Casey’s wife, Sasha, shares his opinions on the national monument. They are both very much aware of the overcrowding and land damage in the rest of the state and do not wish for that to happen in the places they hold so dear. Sasha says, “Ever since I was a little girl, I loved the mountains. My parents and grandparents taught me to respect the land. I have done the same with my kids. I want them to experience the same things as me. I do not want the National Monument. It will take away our freedoms.”
U.S. veteran Casey Singer feels that the freedoms he fought for in the military are now the same freedoms that are being threatened by our own government, saying, “The areas that I go to enjoy our privileges are included in the 1.35 million acres. After serving our great nation in Iraq and Afghanistan I feel like the same freedoms and rights are being threatened.
With a National Monument, I feel I will NOT be able to experience and enjoy our own area, my son and daughter will not be able to walk the same canyons, bluffs, and meadows that I have. There is a first-hand experience that you cannot feel in a photograph.
This family is among many who feel that the monument will harm the land and the people a lot more than help it. They have done their research and know that even if the community makes money for overwhelming tourism, it can never replace what we have.
-The Singer Family