Don’t give up on Stone, David
Good article but you must understand that this is just the tip of the iceberg (see DA needs to investigate stone, Vail Trail Feb. 13). Did you know that the nicknames for Stone and Ingstad are the king and the prince? There should be no partisan politics involved here, just what is the best that can be done for the people of Eagle County. Go to the airport and start asking around. You will be surprised at the remarks that will be thrown at you. The Stone-Ingstad combine is rotten to the core and I am doing my part to clean out the vermin but it is not a job that can be done alone. Sorry you are leaving, David (Williams), particularly if you are going to write articles like this.Arthur KittayEagleGut the greeniesI would like to comment on some of the points in this article (see Trails and Tribulations, Vail Trail Feb. 13).Why is it that these cross-country skiers (henceforth referred to as greenies) are completely unwilling to share public land with everyone else? They want complete solitude and are unwilling to budge to allow another type of recreationist to enjoy public lands. Didn’t their mothers ever teach them about sharing?Nobody that I ride with litters. We pack out what we bring. There will always be those who will feel entitled to litter, and those types of people fit into all categories, including the greenies. These are just more excuses.Everybody that I ride with tries to convey respect and consideration for cross-country skiers when we encounter them. We slow down to 20 mph or less, give them lots of space, and wave as we pass. Many of them are so uptight that they either glare at us or look away. A few of them are pleasant in return.The point of all this is why can’t these greenies share? They want to use the same areas that we do, but they don’t want to share. I posed this question to a friend, and he made a good point. The greenies want to use the groomed trails. But who pays for the groomed trails? Usually, it’s snowmobile clubs. So these greenies come to use our trails, and then want to kick us off of them. You don’t see cross-country ski clubs buying $50,000 (or more) trail groomers.There are lots of places they could go for total solitude. There are plenty of wilderness areas besides the one mentioned in the article. If winter access to these areas is a problem, instead of trying to kick snowmobilers out of their areas that they’ve had for years, why not lobby the state or county to make access to these other desirable areas? Seems like that might make more sense. But lest we forget… the greenie mentality isn’t about that, it’s about getting rid of those whom they don’t like.Hasn’t there been lots of talk over the past decade or so about concepts such as tolerance and understanding and diversity? Here we have two diverse groups, and one of those groups has absolutely no tolerance or understanding of the other. Sounds to me like the greenies are the ones with the problem.Brian AckermanSioux Falls, SDAshcroft can savethe forestsWe can probably get John Ashcroft’s Justice Department or Homeland Security SWAT teams to come out and use telescoped weapons to shoot the citizens who want to walk on public lands without paying for a paved RV site (see Trails and Tribulations, Vail Trail Feb. 13). It is understood by the pay-to-play people that the only campsites available must all have satellite access for laptop jockeys to insty-check their stock market portfolios. This whole thing makes me sick.Dave CarlesonGainesville Fla.Don’t know what you’vegot ’till it’s goneWOW. With this story the light bulb has finally gone on in my head (see Trails and Tribulations, Vail Trail Feb. 13). What you’re all fighting about is not something to take lightly. A.J. was in town the same time I was years ago, and as he well knows, there was not as many people in the Valley. You have got to start maintaining those areas you have taken for granted all of these years. Vail Pass was always a beautiful place to hike and ski and snowmobile, but you used to be able to go there and not see another person all day! At 100-plus cars per day you have to start taking control, or you won’t have that land to play in that I so dearly loved so long ago. Get real people. Protect what you have before it’s all gone to buildings, parking lots, people and garbage.Cindi WerthmullerClarksville, IowaSnowmobilers are on the right trackIt is rediculous to say that, and I quote (see Trails and Tribulations, Vail Trail Feb. 13), “1,000 snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park cause the equivalent pollution of 1,170,000 automobiles. And when she makes her descent, she finds a drip-line near the river, left by snowmobile engines that spew 20 to 33 percent of their fuel onto the earth unburned (please provide me the scientific data to support this hogwash).Mel WolfLovelandMr. Wolf,The numbers you mentioned come from a recent study by the Bush Administration’s EPA,and are supported by multiple independent sources. As a result, the production of two-cycle engines has been outlawed in California. TB
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