Norm Benson: Public lands aren’t managed for the public
To the Editor:
My brother and I read the article about the trail closures around Fraser. There is a part of me that says, “It’s about time that the mountain-bikers got a little taste of what ATV-ers, 4-wheelers, and dirt bikers have been dealing with for 40 years.
However, if life gives you lemons, try lemonade. I (my fault) missed the meeting on Oct. 16.
I believe that while we will never get the trails that are ruined back, maybe if Keith Sanders’ idea for a group includes ALL public land users, we can slow down or hopefully stop the U.S. Forest Service, BLM and Colorado Division of Wildlife (the old name for whatever they call themselves now) from much more of this.
Don’t count on much help from the current batch of senators, congressmen, county commissioners or other public officials. They are all so crooked, they have to screw their socks on. This group of “true believers” do not believe that you should be allowed on public land. If you can get “a dispensation” from the King to go on public land, some “interpretive” guide should be assigned to hold your hand.
Am I bitter? You bet I am. I have known for a long time that roads and trails were and are being closed. I wrote letters, made phone calls and went to meetings. I finally realized that it is all a waste of time. By the time that an agency (Forest Service for instance) announces a public hearing, that means the new policy is cast in stone and will happen, NO MATTER what any of us peons think.
All that is required of you is, SHUT-UP, PAY YOUR TAXES and DON’T CAUSE TROUBLE. Your “government” (with help from the United Nations) will be there to powder your butt and wipe your nose.
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