LETTER: Forestry road closures alienate public

Reader K.M.Hawes agrees with a previous letter writer on "roads that we need, want, and use on a regular basis."

Re: “Reopen Sitkum Creek Forest Service Road,” Letters, Sept. 18

I agree with Paul Moreau concerning the unnecessary closing of another one of our roads that we need, want, and use on a regular basis. Have the management, or should I say lack of management, at forestry decided that we do not need public input and discussion before they take it upon themselves to decide what’s best for us?

This is exactly the type of attitude that alienates the public from any form of trust in government bureaucracy. They should stop doing this immediately! These are our roads, not theirs.

They hide behind the catch words of liability, danger, etc., etc. Well, post a sign at the start of these roads that absolves them and all of their fearful associates of any responsibility and let us enjoy our roads.

I feel it is long past time that we as public taxpayers and users take affirmative action to halt this continued road destruction madness. We have witnessed so many roads being deactivated by these moronic rules that it sickens us. Many of us who work all week long do not possess the time or possibly the physical stamina to plan week-long hikes through the forest to show our children and relatives the sights that were revealed by our ancestors constructing the roads in the first place.

Stop this insanity and talk to the owners of the roads before any more of this foolishness!

K.M. Hawes

Ainsworth Hot Springs

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