Something to wash away the cynicism
By Garrett VeneKlasen
I haven’t had much faith in humanity lately. I don’t think many of us have. The tragedies of late haven’t helped my faith in my fellow man. And as the father of a beautiful six-year-old girl, I’ve felt my usual cynicism dip even deeper.
It was hard to get out of bed this past Saturday. But the Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, and Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, were coming to Taos to hold a public forum on a proposal to designate the Rio Grande del Norte a national monument.
The Rio Grande del Norte is about 236,000 acres of BLM land and contains some of the most spectacular lands and public hunting and fishing habitat in all of New Mexico. Wild trout, game herds … majestic country … it’s a place that speaks to the sportsman’s heart.
Secretary Salazar and Congressman Lujan were both humble and gracious that morning. They weren’t politicians, just two middle-aged men at a loss for words or answers.