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Booted from the campground

Dear Editor:This letter is principally directed to the attention of the local management of the U.S. Forest Service.On Tuesday, June 20, a very windy, cotton-filled day, bothersome to allergy sufferers like myself, I thought that it might be worthwhile to drive out to Difficult Campground and enjoy an hour or so of reading amid the quiet, away from town.As I soon discovered, the day parking lot offered no respite from the wind and pollen; so I drove into the campground in search of a vacant, windless, shady site where I could roll down my car windows and not be bothered by the pollen.Many of the campsites seemed to have reserved tags posted (most were dated 6/22 arrival); yet I managed to find one site without a tag on the post or clip that offered shade.So, I parked and began yet another review of Aquinas’ Treatise On Law. Roughly a half-hour into my reading, the campground hosts, on a drive-by, stopped and informed me that I was not allowed there.Whereupon I explained that I was merely planning to read for a brief while and then leave. I was informed that this was not permitted. Upon leaving, I was somewhat “wordy,” but certainly not hostile in my presentation.As I was leaving the campground, I noticed that their automobile had Arizona license plates and that their campsite was occupied by what was perhaps a 60-foot-long mobile home.In this era of unprecedented, “faith-based” Republican environmental destruction, I was struck by the obvious presence of this behemoth representing the seasonal home of persons entrusted to “care” for a wilderness campground.It had to have cost (in my reduced view) a near fortune in gasoline to have transported this thing from Phoenix to Aspen.In Nixonian terms, we no longer have Gale Norton (America’s singular WMD) “to kick around anymore,” but we do have Arizona Republicans operating as Colorado campground hosts.Perhaps a reading of “Eternal, Natural, and Divine Law” on the part of a member of the current administration might cause one to reflect upon the required Christian stewardship of nature.It seemed to me, as well, that a 10th Mountain Division-like canvas tent mounted on a wooden platform and used seasonally by campground hosts, might present a more wholesome U.S. Forest Service image to the camping public.Art AllardAspen


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