Saturday, January 11, 2003
I would like to see more coverage of the high school wrestling team.
I understand that you have a limited staff and that basketball is a more popular sport. But the wrestling team has been struggling to stay alive at the high school, and there is currently a strong freshman class that has an opportunity to turn the program around.
The team won its first dual meet in two years on Dec. 14 against Battle Mountain, and there was not any mention.
Last year they went to meets with sometimes as little as three wrestlers and this year they can send as many as 10.
Young kids are very impressed by what they read in the local paper and a little more press for a struggling program may help the momentum the current wrestlers and coaches are working so hard to maintain.
Besides, wrestling is what men do during boys basketball season. Just watch one of their practices and you will see what I mean.
Your readers have been misled to a great extent by Diane Cameron on Jan. 8 when she says we know the earth will warm by 7 degrees in 90 years and bring the catastrophe implied by other statements in the column.
No scientist would agree with that. The media's attempts to generate panic about global warming are dishonest. We know very little. A lot is speculated by crude mathematical models of climate. The speculations offered by Cameron are at the radical far end of the spectrum generated by the models.
The advice to conserve is good, but the means used to convince are deplorable.
Dr. Henry R. Savage
Sharing the land
Outside my window is an expanse of purest white vanilla, frosting everything in sight. Last night a coyote pack keened a January midnight sonata.
My neighbor mentioned that he'd heard them, too, and stopped his snowmobiling to listen to them. He also saw deer tracks and what appears to be cougar sign crossing his trail, sign that had not been there on his way out from his home. Another friend bowhunts and he rides a snowmobile out to his favorite hunting area. It is apparent that snowmobiles have not harmed the area's wildlife.
Enter such groups as the "Friends of Routt Backcountry," an affiliate of the Backcountry Skiers Alliance, which would have it all to themselves. They seek to paint the snowmobilers as wild-eyed havoc-wreakers -- and yet, the very individuals that self-righteously make these allegations are isolationists.
They want no one but themselves to have access to the sand box. They epitomize the neighborhood bully with their actions, and the federal employees of the Forest Service are giving them carte blanche. There is much political posturing going on with this issue -- the issue that is not about sharing the powder, but about human access with motors of any kind.
How does Kim Hedburg know -- "... they do that out of spite, not because they want to go there and have fun." -- that snowmobilers are spiteful? They see tracks and get upset because someone has been there a little earlier and therefore spoiled their intent to be the first to leave a track?
Kim Vogel has made boundaries of her own choosing, preferring to keep skiers and snowmobilers divided rather than unite them in winter sports. Leslie Lovejoy and Mike Kent add their querulous voices. It is so reminiscent of kicking sand by the bully to keep the other kids from playing, too.
Suggesting daily user fees is akin to the oxymoron temporary government program. Neither is effective because neither exists for the benefit of the American citizen. Gary Eubank's comments about having enough government already are succinct.
Rather than doing its job and keeping the forest fuel load down to a level where catastrophic conflagrations level their work area -- and countless species, both endangered and not -- the Forest Service prefers to side with the groups whose agenda is to stop all human access to such areas as Mount Werner, Long Park/Long Lake and Dry Lake.
The Routt Powder Riders are being vilified by a malevolent duo.
It seems like comic relief to know that one's taxpayer dollars are paying salaries for such employees as will act in such arbitrary and capricious ways as the phasing out of all snowmobile use, everywhere, and the Welcome Signs to be extended only to the monkey-wrenchers of the Wildlands Project.
Julie Kay Smithson