I'd like to comment on the Web Editorial - November 26, 03 (ATV restrictions).
As a property owner, I'd like to think I have the right to enjoy myself on my property without outside intervention. I pay the taxes, upkeep, and maintenance, with no subsidy from the state.
Having written this, I believe property ownership, by itself, provides no inalienable rights. Regardless of how someone may feel about rights related to property ownership, owners are still part of a larger whole and should keep this in mind when deciding how to behave.
I'm not suggesting that a property owner should need a permit to conduct themselves in any manner. However, regardless of what one does on ones own property, the potential impact on the surrounding environment, and neighbors, should be considered.
I believe this should extend to ATV users.
I've been a property owner in Fort Ripley Township for over 20 years. I'm an absentee owner and often have little monitoring of what takes place on my property. I've experienced numerous trespass violations on the part of ATV users and, throughout the year, find trails across my yard, across my fields, and in my woods.
So, you'll have to pardon me; I disagree with the issue of ATV users rights as seen through the view of property owners rights. Many of the problems, around the state, are the result of a few idiots ruining things for the many. None the less, the state was absolutely correct to intervene into this problem. I think that until ATV users are able to effectively police themselves, the state should continue to take the lead in this matter.
I hope Sen. Paul Koering, from Fort Ripley, develops a better understanding of the scope of this issue.
Bill Jabas Scandia
Property owner in Fort Ripley Township
God doesn't change
The Daily Dispatch's Nov. 25 editorial page was telling of today's shaping of our society. There was a cartoon of homosexual marriages and Cal Thomas' piece on Michael Jackson and how pedophilia is advancing and trying to become more acceptable, even advertisers are using it these days. If you don't read Cal's column, please read this one.
I just have one more thought on Mr. Thomas' article. He didn't mention when, not if, as I wish, pedophilia comes out of the closet as well, they will be using all the homosexual hate laws for themselves, claiming this is their sexual orientation and there by protected. The future doesn't look pretty.
Remember though, society may change, God doesn't! Keep believing, keep the faith, keep shining and sharing.
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