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Take time to develop Three Lakes ATV plan PDF Print E-mail

Letter to the Editor:

(This letter was presented to the Three Lakes Town Board and forwarded by the author to the newspaper to be published as a letter to the editor.)


Thank you for accepting comments from your fellow citizens regarding the proposal to establish ATV routes in Three Lakes.

I find it difficult to understand how one could either oppose or support this proposal. Simply put, the proposal is incomplete.

A lot of hard work has been done by the ATV club and I have complimented them on this effort, but there is much work to be done before it can be considered a viable proposal. However, regardless of the feasibility of the proposal and for various other reasons beyond the control of the town board, Three Lakes has become divided by the effort to quickly codify the proposal by ordinance.

You possess the power to reunite this community because you are the guardians of the process.

The process of contemplation and assessment of the ATV proposal is more important than the proposal itself. The process you control must insure that the voices of everyone, whether they are in the majority or the minority, are heard and given equal consideration.

The democratic processes of our Republic are, as you know, sometimes messy, slow and inefficient, and even ineffective, but they are the foundation of our liberty and the guarantor of our freedom.

I would like to suggest that if you simply vote up or down on this proposal, it will fail eventually. The community cannot win with an up or down vote at this stage — one side or the other will know that the process failed them if it moves too quickly.

If Three Lakes wants ATV routes (and trails to and from town), please consider taking the time to develop a comprehensive plan that can endure.

Mark McCain

Three Lakes

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 4:27 PM

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