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A recent letter writer must not have watched the Congressional hearings about Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante national monuments on C-SPAN. I did.

It was pointed out that the monuments were established under the Antiquities Act, which clearly specifies that property taken for a national purpose must be restricted to the minimum needed to fulfill its purpose. To the contrary, these national monuments included hundreds of thousands of acres that did not approach that criterion. The land was taken by the federal government, off the local tax rolls, diminishing the funding for schools and other local needs.

Jean Ferry, Issaquah