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LET UTAHNS CONTROL UTAH WILDS

Most of us are familiar with the "Big Lie" propaganda technique. If a lie is outrageous enough, and if it is told often enough, then people will begin to believe it.

This technique has usually been associated with the bankrupt political idealogies of failed tyrannical regimes. However, the recent plethora of letters and stories appearing in local newspapers supporting wilderness designation in Utah would indicate that it is still alive and well.Although wilderness designation is the most restrictive public land use category of all, one which effectively precludes all access other than hiking and horseback riding, letter after letter appears telling us about the multitude of activities that will be allowed.

Not to worry, they say again and again. Ranchers can ranch, improve facilities and even drive vehicles in the wilderness. Miners can mine on existing claims. Life goes on for just about everyone, except of course those nasty ORV users and the newfangled mountain bikers, who nobody wants around anyway.

One would wonder then, if this is so, why aren't ranchers, miners or rural residents lining up in droves to promote additional wilderness designations? Wilderness advocates would have us believe that they're just not very smart.

But if you want to know the truth about wilderness, go out and ask the rural Utahns whose families have lived for generations on or about these lands. These people know a lot more about caring for the land than a few hired guns brought to Utah to infest us with the failed policies of the Eastern liberal establishment.

We must not allow the strident cry of the environmentalist minority to dominate the public comment process.

Rainer Huck, president

Utah Trail Machine Association

Salt Lake City