Successful business people not only have a mission and vision statement, they also have a business plan and a budget to analyze, manage and direct their business. That is all a part of a process to help ensure their success and a return on their investment. It should not be surprising to anyone when we the business community apply similar logic to other issues that impact our lives.
This discussion is not just about protecting some land that we value. This discussion is about our future and the best choices for our community. We would be derelict in our duty not to weigh all of the pros and cons before an action is taken and their long term impact on our community and on our children’s future. Some claim to do that is to be a naysayer or a fear-monger. I say it is genuine heartfelt concern. Signing legislation to create a monument, without the careful consideration of all of the issues and their impact is not a wise course of action. It would be irresponsible no matter how good the intentions of that act are.
Let us not be guilty of being so narrowly focused on one agenda that we miss the big picture. In an effort to do something good, let us count the cost. Let us not turn a blind eye to the potential unintended consequences of our action. But let us carefully consider how we position our resources for not just this generation but for those to come. These lands have been set aside for the people, not just some of the people but all of the people. The beauty of this land is but one of its resources that belong to this community. Most of the land we admire for its unique beauty and wildlife is already protected under a wilderness designation. Adding the protection for our beautiful Organ Mountains is a common sense approach that I believe nearly all of our community agrees on.
But quality of life issues beyond open spaces must be considered if our community is to prosper and thrive.
The ability to collect surface water is vital to the future of our community. The ability to manage flood water is vital to the safety and future of our community. The ability to adequately protect our border is vital to the safety and future of our community. The ability to protect agriculture in Dona Ana County is vital and we must ensure we are not destroying a historical and important part of our local economy on the unproven hopes of studies. Our ability to use the land for the growth of our community is vital for its future. These are just some of the things we must consider that can and will impact the vitality of not just the business community but of our community as a whole.
As a nonprofit community organization we do not represent bus loads of people from other places on this topic, nor do we act as a channel for outside funding to influence the decisions that impact the future of our local citizens. We represent a body of true stakeholders in this discussion. People, who live here, work here, invest here, pay taxes here and raise families here.
The Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce has always believed it is important to protect the Organ Mountains for the true stakeholders in our community but with careful, well thought out consideration that does not jeopardize or sacrifice some segments of our community for the benefit of others. That is why it is important to follow the legislative process and to let the will of the people as a whole be heard on this issue. That is why we ask the President not to use a pen to dictate our future but let us decide for ourselves what the best course is for our future.