Dave Simon, who is based in Albuquerque, is the Southwest regional director for the nonprofit National Parks and Conservation Association. Simon helped draft the bill that established the monument.
Simon: "Given current circumstances, turning over total control of
the monument to the National Park Service would be like handing a
loaded weapon to a child.
"If this superintendent
(Judith Cordova) were in the private sector, she would have been
fired a long time ago. This is an EOE (Equal Opportunity Employer)
experiment gone haywire.
"It should embarrass the
Park Service that the monument is heralded in some rock-art circles
as a leader in graffiti repair, instead of a leader in graffiti
prevention through good visitor management. The Park Service
mandate is to preserve resources "unimpaired for future
generations," not "repaired for future generations."