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Posted: Monday, April 09, 2001

Bridge Access Road bike path proposal, response irks reader

After reading Doug Loshbaugh's article "Waterfowl worries surround trail across Kenai River flats" (Clarion, April 2), my blood pressure went up.,I am so amazed at the selfishness of people and how they continue to "demand" more land use where our wildlife live and feed.

I can just see the nightmare now. There is a bike path in place, dogs are running with owners, doing what dogs do. They chase birds, no wonder the birds will see the dogs and take off. Oh yes, we have the well-trained dog or the dog that only goes out on a leash, but bet those can be counted on one hand.

I have dogs. I would never consider taking them out jogging or biking with me, especially near a busy road. I like the person that thinks, "maybe we can keep the dogs out." That is a wonderful statement, but who is going to enforce no dogs?

So now we have people running, biking and probably roller-blading on this trail, the birds don't come to feed, the caribou leave and go someplace else. What are we left with? Another road, just like any road in any state with a bike path that happens to have a river flowing under it.

For a community that seems to want to draw tourists, this seems like a backward move. I heard about Bridge Access Road before I moved up here eight years ago and how beautiful the mountains were, and how on a good day you could see the caribou and birds, and sometimes even critters in the water.

This is a memory the tourists take back with them. The tourists can see bike paths in any state they travel. It's not very tourist-minded to destroy this viewing area.

And no, I am do not make my living with tourism.

I think the Kenai-Soldotna community needs to think about its residents and what benefits them ALL year long. A bike path has limited use even for residents and only a handful at best will use this bike path. If residents feel they need these paths, maybe, just maybe, they are living in the wrong place and should move to a city that has these kinds of facilities for their use.

I was raised in a state that is now trying to decide whether to keep salmon alive in its rivers or make electricity. Does every state need to be like the next? Can't we keep someplace that is somewhat remote from a busy city?

I think I've got my blood pressure down to normal now, so let me raise someone else's. My dream is to close the border and not let any nonresidents cross during the summer months.

Coming from Oregon, I was raised with Gov. Tom McCall's ideas, "You may come visit, but you can't stay."

Well, "they" stayed and now look at Oregon; it is a miniature California with bike paths on nearly every road that leads to a business. I would much rather see birds and caribou along my drive to town than a few cyclists or joggers.

Thanks for allowing me to vent on this subject.

Tracy Miller

Kasilof



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