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More about trespassers: A beautiful day is the way it’s got to be

Josh Child, Dillon

I would like to thank Sam McCleneghan (SDN, Aug. 24) for not expounding about something that really matters. I was getting so bogged down reading about the war in Iraq, genocide in Africa, the new Chinese middle class consuming the world’s gasoline and terrorism that it was like a breath of fresh air to hear about the problems of large land owners in Summit County and the dangers of mountain bikers. It certainly isn’t Sam’s problem that 99 percent of Summit countians don’t even have enough land for mountain bikers to cross. If we could harness the energy burned up over our daily trials and tribulations, we could become an energy independent country. Thanks also for the comforting thought that in this Summit County of lattes and factory stores, there are still parts of Summit County where barbed wire, animal manure and Smith and Wesson bring control over a once open land.Seriously, those guys were wrong to cross Mr. McCleneghan’s property, and I don’t blame him for getting upset, but hey, chill out. I once lived on a ranch outside of Silverthorne owned by a 78-year-old fellow who never seemed to get too awfully upset about anything. One day a guy from Denver asked if he could go fishing over in the creek across his meadow. He said sure and went back in the kitchen. When he looked out his window a few moments later he saw tire tracks ripping across his irrigated meadow and a steaming Cadillac stuck in his beautiful grass.I asked Charlie what he thought about it. He was steaming mad but managed to say, “It’s a beautiful life, and that’s the way it’s got to be.”

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