We have posted numerous times about U.N. World Heritage Sites, see labels for archived material. National Heritage Areas are a variation on the same theme - GRAB THE LAND AND TIE IT UP POWER GRAB. This takes private property off the tax rolls not to mention the full frontal attack on private property rights.
Bingaman and Udall just introduced a bill to jeopardize the health and diversity of a bunch of land near Las Cruces. We all want the vistas of the Organ Mts. preserved, that is not what this is about: http://thewesterner.blogspot.com/2009/09/on-border-degraded-environmental.html
Furthermore, like the Arizona Heritage Area, New Mexico's proposed Heritage Area in smack-dab in the middle of a high intensity drug trafficking area.
Read National Drug Intelligence Center's Strategic Drug Threat Developments http://www.usdoj.gov/ndic/pubs32/32779/strateg.htm#Figure2
You can get involved by voicing your opposition to this poppycock to you representative and senators and you can join others such as PEOPLE FOR PRESERVING OUR WESTERN HERITAGE - PRESERVE THE LAND FOR THE PEOPLE, NOT FROM THE PEOPLE
And now, a little love note I sent to Harry:
Yes, you voted to allow Border Patrol to continue its operations in the Santa Cruz Valley National Heritage Area of Southern Arizona, but why did you vote to create the tax payer funded, land grab by the government, in these times of extreme economic uncertainty and gigantic deficit spending? (H.R. 324, Santa Cruz Valley Nation Heritage Area Act.)
This is eerily reminescent of your vote on H.R. 2474, Cap and Trade, where you were so proud of your amendment to protect some of your constituents when you should not vote for anything that requires protections. This is an admission that the legislation is wrong, flawed, period.
In the best of times, when we once had a balanced budget, designation of wilderness areas, National Heritage Areas and U.N. World Heritage Sites were controversial especially to those fiscal conservatives who know that bigger government costs the tax payers dearly. Just since the "Stimulus" that you also voted for was passed, the federal government has created 25,000 new jobs.
Through the results of your votes, the federal deficit continues to grow and so does the number of federal employees. This is not growth, this is economic suicide. I would even argue that this type of "protective" measure, H.R. 324, is eventually detrimental to the health of the land. Just look at how the Forest Service has failed to manage our forests in a healthy condition. Look how the Department of Energy as failed to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. The Department of Education has been a dismal failure. Products of some public schools are functionally illiterate and cannot even make change at the drive-through window.
We are getting wise to you so please don't come "back home" to New Mexico and blow your horn about protecting the border with Mexico by voting for the amendment to allow the Border Patrol to do their job in a area that you ultimately voted to turn over to the federal government.
H.R. 324 (the Santa Cruz Valley National Heritage Area Act)