comments from MCK2011:

An open letter to Phil Lyman
Your plan to ride ATVs through known archaeological sites is reprehensible. While you declare this ride in the name of freedom, in fact it is a freedom limited to a small percentage of the public with only their self-interest in mind. The resources within this canyon bear witness to cultural groups that have inhabited the area far longer than the focus group you are representing and should be left undisturbed. While I can agree with the premise of free access to travel on public lands you must keep in mind that there is a delicate balance where your freedom, will and desire does not impinge on my freedom, will and desire. That balance is known as law and regardless of whether you agree or disagree, it is how we as a people have elected to live in this country in a mutual contract, so while you espouse that you are protesting against an unfair government ruling, you are in fact unilaterally denying any private citizen that disagrees with your position and abides by that contract a say in the matter. As this will take place on public land, I am a stakeholder in the outcome of your action and I wholeheartedly disagree with what you are about to do and I consider it to be a criminal action, with real flesh and blood victims. It has been my professional responsibility and honor to protect these endangered sites for over 15 years and your protest is akin to vandalizing a cemetery. Those founding patriots with whom you have aligned yourself were willing to take responsibility for their actions, are you? I suggest that you be held personally responsible and prosecuted to the full extent of the law for any damage incurred.

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