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Addressing some misconceptions about Hidden Gems

You state that the Wilderness Act of 1964 allows the use of motorized vehicles and aircraft “as required … within the area” and it also allows the use of aircraft and boats to control fire, insects and diseases.

Perhaps that is the general gist of what is written, but let’s talk reality of what it takes to put a motorized vehicle, such as an ambulance, into the wilderness for an emergency rescue.



USFS policy allows for a permit submission. If you think you have time to develop, submit and wait for an answer, then it is not an emergency.

The use of aircraft (where the hell would you launch a fireboat in this wilderness?) also take special incident specific permits and the potential for hazard mitigation usually prohibits the submission of such.



You can’t even operate a chainsaw in a wilderness … or a portable fire pump. They use hydrocarbon based fuels and emit pollution. Even if you get a permit … the hazard mitigation potential is beyond belief. Your permit is automatically revoked for any hazard. So much for fighting fire.

So, Mr. Millette, it is not as easy as you lead people to believe. I also notice that you quote Edward Abbey in promoting this wilderness initiative. For those of you less aware, “Edward Paul Abbey (Jan. 29, 1927 to March 14, 1989) was an American author and essayist noted for his advocacy of environmental issues and criticism of public land policies. His best-known works include the novel ‘The Monkey Wrench Gang,’ which has been cited as an inspiration by radical environmental groups.” (Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Enough of the smoke and mirrors. Not telling us all the story is the same as a lie.

Stuart K. Cerise

West Valley, Utah

The American people need to pay attention in the coming months to what is happening with the Democratic Party. There is a trend starting that cannot be overlooked with Democrats switching parties.

Research is going to have to be done on these people, like viewing their voting records on issues. Are these people switching parties because of the Democrat title or do they really see themselves not fitting into the views of their former party? Is the switch just a way for them to take cover from having the Democrat title to just get re-elected?

Again we have to view past voting records on these people switching parties. November 2010 is the time to replace the incumbents up for re-election with some new faces and people that are fiscal conservatives and want to get this country rolling again, and cut spending, and make government smaller.

The GOP in recent years has strayed away from these principles but is starting to get back to its conservative roots. If you want to see the real difference between the two parties look back to the 1920s to the present day and what programs have been implemented by the Democratic Party. Time and time again they claim to be for the little guy when all they have done is make government bigger and hurt the little guy.

Look at the entitlement programs that are in place that the Democratic Party are responsible for. All the programs have done is grown government and made more people dependent on government and less responsible for their actions.

And you know what the driving factor is, control and power because come election time they can say we did this for you and the Republicans are going to take it from you. This is a clear example of scare tactics to keep themselves getting re-elected. This is a center country and the Obama administration is far left. His polices are going to ruin America.

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

– Benjamin Franklin

Curt Hanson

Parachute


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