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[at-l] People vs LAND
In a message dated 6/15/01 3:41:12 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
<< What I see in R&R's posts, his attitude, his ideas - is a total ignorance
and misunderstanding of what the Trail is, what it's about, what it means.
This is a little harsh isn't it Jim?
If you don't read this OK, but you say some things that should be
First, I am aware of the need for people in the AT formula. If you
fathomed my point you would have understood that I was responding to a
one*sided view of the Trail's "social" element as being paramount. It was
merely a reminder that the AT is in its best form when embodied by a full
extent of wild lands. I believe MacKaye said this too. So, if you choose to
misquote and nickpick out one flimsy aspect of my argument and overblow it on
a generic brand soapbox, go ahead. I should have said people were the most
important thing and you would have responded with the sole need for land.
Your style berates the nasty cracks in a Van Gogh without seeing the whole
It is embarrassing to see such a wrongheaded reversal of the truth being
used against me. You only need to simply read MacKaye's prospectus to see
that the man whose head the Trail was born from spoke mainly of preserving
wild Lands in the AT project. If you even had an inkling of what he intended
you would see the unprotected lands you praise were anathema to the project
and the project was a response in itself to save wilderness from the
inevitable result of unprotectedness. The people you lament are also the
ancestors of people currently cashing in on their land and selling out to
corridor boundary tract developers. Sentimental Jim, but reckless and
irresponsible. It is funny to see a person so lacking in the slightest hint
of Trail understanding upbraiding me so loudly in public. Tertiary? Your
great social trail could then exist in NYC boroughs and forego the land part.
I'll take the woods.
Sorry you quit the debate Jim, for a while there I was worried that I
hadn't given you any recourse...