Respect Key To Peace On The Trails

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Editor:

After reading Corinne Leslie's letter to the editor regarding an unsettling encounter with a man on horseback, I felt compelled to write you.

I am a fan of both horses and ATVs. I believe they are both wholesome activities that can be shared with the family. Both activities provide real-world teaching opportunities for parents. And any time spent away from computers, TV, and the daily stress of life is valuable.

One lesson to be learned while enjoying a shared resource is respect. Equestrians must accept the unexclusive nature of the beautiful lands surrounding us. ATVers need to understand the nature of horses and the inherent risk of horseback riding -- a risk that is heightened by a motor vehicle.

My wife and I have pulled over and turned off our vehicle to allow people on horseback to pass safely and appreciate others doing so in our favor. Certainly a coalition of equestrians and ATVers could forge an understanding and promote safety, fairness, and respect.

I would hope that our women and children can ride horses or ATVs without the need of a sidearm. If we allow the human condition in the Rim country to sink that low, we won't need to worry about a war in Iraq. We'll have one in our own back yard.

Jeff Sappington, Pine

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