Colorado Editorials

Grand Junction Daily Sentinel: Latest pardon sends a troubling message

Author: The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel Editorial Board - July 15, 2018 - Updated: July 15, 2018

When a presidential pardon draws the praise of Cliven Bundy …

How one completes that sentence should tell us a lot about how that person feels about public lands access and management. We’re in the camp that finds Bundy’s endorsement unsettling — not unlike Joan Anzelmo, the former Colorado National Monument superintendent who tweeted:

“This is so very wrong. No one is safe from from felons with friends in high places. Terrible. Dangerous. Wrong.”

Anzelmo was referring to Tuesday’s presidential pardon of the father-and-son Oregon ranchers whose sentencing for federal arson convictions sparked the 2016 armed takeover of a wildlife refuge near their home.


The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel Editorial Board