High Desert Star - Letter to the Editor

kim

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I received this email from Mike this morning. Wanted to share with the rest of you the assult we are constantly facing from the other side. Mike is asking for letters of rebuttal be sent to the HD Star.

The Hi-Desert Star is Yucca Valley's bi-weekly news paper. The following misinformation appeared in the readers write section of Saturday's edition.

LETTER: OHV lands use too much park money

Published: Friday, July 10, 2009 6:43 PM CDT
D.S. Wenzel
Twentynine Palms

"Very soon three-quarters of California's state parks will close, unless the legislature replaces $143 million in general fund monies. While law enforcement and fire protection programs are being slashed, off-highway vehicle (OHV) programs continue on fully funded. Not one State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) is slated for closure.

It is a problem that OHV programs are taxpayer funded instead of user funded, but only 12 percent ($10.2 million) of OHV Trust Fund monies come from OHV users. This year the OHV trust fund will receive $49.8 million from fuel taxes paid by Californians who use vehicles on the pavement but do not use OHVs.

Those millions will not go to keep up dirt roads in state parks that are open to all Californians, as they should, they will go to maintain dirt tracks in SVRAs.
Fewer than 1 in 15 California households use OHVs and only a portion of those use SVRAs - these elite few are deriving huge benefits ($49,800,000) at the expense of the rest of Californians.

California's non-OHV parks and public lands are open to everyone. Those parks should get the bulk of the tax dollars derived from recreational driving, not the facilities closed to all but the OHV-owning elite.

Fifty-million dollars would go a long way toward replacing lost state parks general funds, and it may keep the park you use open!

No one is asking that OHV activity stop, just that OHV owners do the reasonable thing and bear their fair share of the burden.

…Call California Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg at (916) 651-4006 and Speaker of the Assembly Karen Bass at (916) 319-2047 and tell them to tap the OHV Trust Fund to support state parks for all Californians."


OK so…

PLEASE NOTE; Phil Klasky and his COWers are undoubtedly behind this as they have been publishing their anti-off road lies in our local papers for years.

Opportunity knocks but we could use a little help with this one.


Would the good folks with the real facts and figures send in some rebuttals (via link) so the readers can know the truth?

http://www.hidesertstar.com/forms/letters/


If there are enough replies, the paper may feel obliged to address the issue themselves. 10 replies to every lie… It would be great if this were to happen in every town across the State.

Thanks
Mike Hawkins
 

ChromolyKid

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Would it make too much sense to cut pointless organizations like the BLM instead? Off-roaders don't need to be monitored, the desert should be open to anybody. Instead, our tax money is spent on buying the BLM brand new Humvees and equipment to stop those dangerous off-road enthusiasts!
 
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Thanks, Kim! I didn't see any facts in that letter. What a convoluted pack of lies!!!
 

TomJeeps

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Abandon ship every man for himself, here we go again our State is finished just get used to it...TJ :p
 
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Tom,

Serves California right for condemning commercial, tax-producing real estate, paying under market prices for it, turning it into a parking lot for indigent health care, then going back and taxing the original owners on their "gain."

Which, now that I think about it, is very similar to what CA's doing to the ohv community, street legal or not.
 

kim

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Here is a sample of some of the letters being submitted in rebuttal to the above Letter to the Editor:


"You recently published a letter full of misinformation concerning
State Parks and the OHV Trust Fund. First, the OHV Trust Fund has
already loaned the State $90,000,000 in the last budget go round
earlier this year. Second they have money because the OHV folk pay for
everything themselves. They pay entrance fees to the SVRAs. They
support their parks with their license fees. They fund law enforcement
and environmental activities outside their parks through their Trust
Fund. I even believe that Yucca Valley has requested law enforcement
money from the OHV Trust Fund, this year. Taking more from, I think
they call it borrowing, the OHV Trust Fund will cause this self funded
program to be unable to meet its commitments and will cause damage to
local governments, the BLM and the Forest Service, with which the OHV
Trust Fund already shares it's money. Thank you for the opportunity to
correct the misinformation which recently appeared in your local
paper.

. H. Marie Brashear, President SPCW"


I would like to address blatant lies the letter " OHV lands use too much park money" recently printed. The California OHV is in fact is a fully self funded program. The statement "OHV programs are taxpayer funded instead of user funded" is simply not true. A very small percentage of the fuel tax does go to the OHV program and this small percentage does add up to millions of dollars, but that amount is carefully calculated to capture OHV use. The article suggests OHV does nothing to help the state "just that OHV owners do the reasonable thing and bear their fair share of the burden" in fact, OHV has given $90 million in user generated money so far to the state. Suggesting we give more is simply unfair and wrong.


A few facts in response to the fallacious letter encouraging the stealing of Off-Highway Vehicle funds.
Fuel taxes that go to the OHV program come from off-road fuel use 2. A registration self-tax also funds
program. 3. These SELF TAXES manage specific recreation areas in an environmentally conscious
manner. 4. Punishing the OHV Communities’ forethought to save and spend responsibly will destroy the
program. Why would the community pay for a program they don't have, because CA can’t balance a
budget? 5. Darell Steinburg sponsored the bill, with partisan support, to raise fees on OHV’s to continue
the program. Asking representatives to illegally steal money from a tax increase they encouraged
republicans and the public to support, is not only a bad political move, but an attack on the environment.


Thanks for the responses so far. Please keep them coming.
 

TomJeeps

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Kim looks like were getting an idea what to expect from the anti OHV people at the next Commission meeting, best to be pushing a pro OHV showing at this meeting, if we want the Billion Dollars or so we agreed to spend on this program over the next decade, spent as it was intended...TJ:mad:
 

kim

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Thanks for the help. "OFF ROADERS ROCK".

Today the Hi- Desert Star published some of the many replies you all sent in regarding Wetzel's disingenuous article.

There were a lot more replies, hopefully they will appear in subsequent editions The paper comes out on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

If the link works, you should be able to see what editorials they printed for us.

http://www.hidesertstar.com/editorial/ (must copy & paste link, sorry about that)
 
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