Why not ATVs?
I do not understand the fears of allowing ATVs to use some of the roads in the forest which are already open to automobiles.
My car is more than two tons of wagon with high clearance and big tires. It has a five-speed manual transmission with four-wheel drive high and low ranges. I can go anywhere an ATV can go. I can make deeper ruts and crunch a wider path.
Yet somehow I am not out rampaging off road in the forest. What holds me back? The answer is that I hold a driver’s license. I know that to ignore the rules for motor vehicle use puts my license at risk and all that goes with it.
People driving the forest roads in smaller, open-air, slower-moving vehicles seems like a win all around. Less road wear and tear. The ATVs have a smaller footprint for carbon in the product life cycle. They take up less room on the road and are more friendly for cyclists and hikers than giant 4x4s.
Dan Aspenwall, Winthrop
Dangers of addiction
I am writing in response to Shiah Lints’ letter to the editor, “Drug addicts are people, too” (May 27).
Yes they are, just as are thieves, murderers and all other people who choose to do things illegal and harmful to society. My son is an addict, and my heart breaks over and over upon thinking of him and his situation. I love him with all my heart, but I do not like what he does. Most of us have a relative, or know someone who does, who is a drug addict. Those of us who are close to the situation also know that the addictive personality can be dangerous to others. Not all, but some.
Drug addiction is a difficult thing to conquer, and it can totally absorb the addict’s mind. They become slaves to their addiction. I have tried and tried to help my son, to the extent of being drained financially. Then upon coming out of a long stay in jail, he informed me that I had been “enabling” him by helping him. He told me it is better to reach rock bottom, because at that point they may actually reach out and want help. Drug addicts, if not employed, make their money mostly by stealing and selling drugs. That is why it is important to keep up on it.
I am thankful that Twisp Police Chief Paul Budrow has the concern he does and that he is taking action. As long as there is a drug presence in our community, then there is the danger that more young people will become addicts. Yes, the danger is always there regardless, but why make it easier? We love the kids out there that are struggling with addiction, but they have to want to change. When they make that choice, then I am sure there are people willing to help. In the meantime we keep them all in our prayers – lots and lots of prayer.
Lauri Martin, Winthrop
Drought. Water shortage. Increased costs. Energy challenges. Resource conflicts. Climate change.
A book with more than 20 years of direct experience is available in the North Central Regional Library: Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands. Some of the methods may fit here and some not/but I’ll bet my nickel that some of you will find this interesting, very interesting.
Susan Crampton, Winthrop
On Memorial Day weekend, while driving from the Evergreen IGA onto Twin Lakes Road, I came to the area where the Susie Stevens path crosses the highway. A man and several small children were on bikes, waiting. I stopped. Eventually cars coming from the opposite direction stopped and the group crossed, followed shortly by a woman with small children. I believe that the crossing should be painted as a pedestrian crossing, with some signs noting it. The cyclists should have a right-of-way there that autos acknowledge. Signage to motorists to at least slow and look for those who want to cross should be part of the trail maintenance. Who should finance paint and the work to accomplish this?
Dotti Wilson, Winthrop