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RE: [at-l] saddleback - Amen brother Ron!!!!

FannyPack and Fallingwater,

I respect you guys opinions and you have every right to them. But I really
disagree with my message being charactarized as preaching. I reread it and I
don't see that tone in it at all. It was just a simple request. 

I have been trying to refrain from talking about WF on this list but I'm
going to have to in this case. I think whats going on here is that some
folks on this list have been alienated and downright agrevated by the
actions and attitudes of the formerly mentioned administrator of the "other"
list. One of the things that many people feel he does is to "preach" and
"dictate" how we all should act and think about AT issues. He is pushing the
Saddleback issue very hard and we all know that. What I think is happening
is that anyone, like me, who posts a request for help concerning the
Saddleback issue is immediately the recipient of misplaced hostility toward
WF. You probably assume that I'm a WF protogee that sucks up everything he
says and falls right in line with his way of thinking. You couldn't be more
wrong if you assumed this. I often disagree with him and am not hesitant to
say so to him and anyone else who asks. But I also respect his
accomplishments and his dedication to the AT. On this issue he is on the
right track, in my opinion. 

Saddleback is an important issue in my opinion. You are free to disagree if
you want. But please don't attack me for simply asking for help on an issue
I believe in. And more importantly please take a second look at your reasons
for not being concerned about Saddleback. Is it possible that your letting
negative feelings toward WF, justified or not, cloud your perception of the
issue? Remember, the trail does not belong to him and you are in no way
helping him out by participating in the Saddleback campaign. The NPS and the
ATC think its a big issue and have provided feedback that our letters are
making an impact. 

I know, enough already.

Jim McBride

> ----------
> From: 	FannyPack - 96GA2ME[SMTP:fannypack96@hotmail.com]
> Sent: 	Wednesday, August 04, 1999 5:28 PM
> To: 	AT-L@fallingwater.com; McBride, James; AT-L@backcountry.net
> Subject: 	RE: [at-l] saddleback - Amen brother Ron!!!!
> Can i get a Big AMEN!!!!!!!!!!
> oops we are NOT in Church.
> Ron, thanks for the reassuring post, sometimes I thought i might have been
> one of the few that felt preached to.....
> -FP
> >From: AT-L <AT-L@fallingwater.com>
> >To: "'McBride, James'" <mcbride_j@lxe.com>,        "'ATL Mailing List'" 
> ><AT-L@backcountry.net>
> >Subject: RE: [at-l] saddleback
> >Date: Wed, 4 Aug 1999 14:15:59 -0700
> >
> >Is the Saddleback a big issue? To some yes to others no. There are some 
> >with
> >a religious fervor that seem to want to continually cram the issue down
> our
> >throats at every conceivable opportunity.
> >
> >My breaking point was reached this morning on the other list when we were
> >informed that anyone who had NOT written a letter through trailplace was
> >some how "Dead Wood" that needed to be pruned from the AT purity tree.
> >
> >Now I realize this is not that list, I quit the other list because I was
> >tired of being preached to about my ungodly ways.  I don't particularly 
> >want
> >to see that attitude surface here.
> >
> >Below are some additional (non trailplace) sites that will give you
> >additional information on the topic and what you can do - if you're so
> >inclined.
> >
> >From now on lets please leave the preaching to Sundays at church.
> >National Park Service.
> >Environmental Assessment for the Protection of the Appalachian National
> >Scenic Trail Across Saddleback Mountain Franklin County, Maine -
> >http://www.nps.gov/aptr/ea.html
> >ATC Conference Page - http://www.atconf.org/Saddleback/action.html
> >
> >Maine ATC Club Page - http://www.matc.org/saddleback.htm
> >
> >Ron "Fallingwater" Moak
> >-----------------------------------------------------------------------
> >Fallingwater Journals - www.fallingwater.com
> >Pacific Crest Trail Assoc. - www.pcta.org
> >American Long Distance Hikers Association - West -
> >www.gorp.com/nonprof/aldhaw
> >
> >
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