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Letter to the Editor: Look at quality of ATV ordinance comments

The Crow Wing County ordinance change process requires a public comment period. The Crow Wing commissioners should take good note of the quality of many of these written comments and take less note of the quantity of the written comments.

The Crow Wing County ordinance change process requires a public comment period. The Crow Wing commissioners should take good note of the quality of many of these written comments and take less note of the quantity of the written comments.

This is an electronic/digital communications age. Gone are the laborious lobbying methods of mimeographs and fax machines. Many of the comments you received were digitally cut from the same page - form letters.

The public comment period is really an unscientific public opinion poll where often 50 percent or more of the "comments" are merely modern day electronic copies of two or three approved scripts provided by the leadership of the cause; in this case, by the ATV clubs and their activists.

Please notice the repetition of certain phrases that run throughout the comments from the ATV supporters, like "I support the draft."

Then, notice the excellent, thoughtful comments from the local DNR conservation officer, an ATV rider trainer and a longtime DNR forester who has volunteered for years on the CWC Forestry and Natural Resources Committees.

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You received a most powerful statement from a 70-year-old ATV Association of Minnesota member who was an ATV safety instructor. He strongly opposes the proposed ordinance because not all ATVs are built for safety on asphalt and concrete roads.

Many CWC cities are concerned about public confusion and enforcement problems if CWC passes this Open Roads Ordinance.

It would help to have official public comments on this issue from the sheriff, county attorney, city police departments, all townships in the county, and the state and county highway departments.

If the commissioners are serious about public safety, they would opt for the state law that allows CWC to ban all ATVers from all roads.

This is the responsible thing to do.

Larry Wannebo,

Manhattan Beach

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