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UTAH WILDERNESS: NEED VS. WANT

Earl Nightingale ("Our Changing World") once wrote, "When a person's needs are satisfied, he must develop want or he would die of tedium. Everyone has the instinct to survive, but he has also ideas about how he would like to live."

Given our present wilderness issue, it appears there are those who are suffering from tedium and have somehow become born again to lead a great crusade. Those in need see this crusade as a dominating power to reduce their stewardship over what has been a right for a century and a half.Mr. Nightingale continues by stating there is no more common cause of distress among otherwise mentally bright people than the urge to be on top. However, all people seek the good life that is defined by their special interests.

Those who have provided for their needs also aspire to their wants. Their want is to keep what they have, professing a divine right to do so. A century and a half of stewardship has kept most areas, now under proposed change, a place of interest and beauty to the eye of the beholder. Those who have seen this beauty may be dying of tedium and become distressed wanting the whole world to make a pilgrimage. They are self-serving until they once again find their needs satisfied.

Change is inevitable. However the great people of the state of Utah don't need outside pied pipers and special money interest groups mandating change. Void of the forgoing, having been given solid principles to live by, we can govern ourselves and make judicious decisions.

De facto wilderness will remain undeveloped if left as multiple use land. Multiple use land will allow the few areas that are worth developing to be developed. The chances of new ranchers coming onto public lands seems unbelievable. Any new development would have to be highly important. It would continue to provide hunting, fishing, recreational prospecting motorized sightseeing, timbering of beetle infested forest etc.

Wesley G. Eatchel

Murray