Our state parks are in danger.
Even the New York Times is calling attention to the fact that Arizona’s government is on the verge of privatizing our state parks. On the surface, this may seem to be a quick and efficacious way to balance our budget, but the moment we sell our state parks, control of them passes to private individuals or companies who may not have the best interests of the environment at heart. Private owners may well mine minerals, drill for oil, or simply charge exorbitant entry fees, all in the name of making money — and if they own the parks, we cannot stop them.
We have paid for our state parks through taxes; they are not simply property that our Legislature can sell on a whim. We must call upon our elected representatives to protect our communal lands.