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Vail Daily letter: Don’t need new law to know you can’t own the river

Richard Page
Vail, CO, Colorado

Just caught an online story about Colorado lawmakers in a knot over what to do about rafters having access to rivers flowing through private property. If this is hard then you’d better require an IQ test for lawmakers and a test to pass “common law 101.” Unless a body of water starts and ends on one person’s property, it is public water. Any fool should know that waterfront property is just that: water-front.

Only governments like countries and states claim territory beyond waterfront on oceans and seas and half way to the middle of lakes and rivers that divide them.

Colorado lawmakers don’t need a new law to tell landowners that they can’t stop rafters, canoers or boaters from drifting or racing through their property on public waterways. Duh.



Perhaps you should rethink the proposal to legalize pot. Seems to be a connection.

Richard Page



New Philadelphia, Pa.


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