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Thank you so much for this call for courtesy. This is such a vital key. I think we are all a bit guilty of being part of a culture that has historically not held courtesy in high regard. The more we promote this culture, and practice what we preach, the better outcomes we will see for all user groups out on the trails, and that really is the goal. Mountain bikers are not better or more important than other users, and I think we really have let that kind of thinking become pervasive.
Cam, I am going to respecfully dissagree and check you on a few small points. "vocal minority in Vermont," is a phrase I struggle with. I understand you are refering to a specific example you cited, but this does potentially come off as a beef with my home state, so my hackles went up. That vocal minority is everywhere, and I think you aptly labelled that group in a non-geographic way, as "assholes," which I'm totally on board with. I mention this because I want people to feel welcome in Vermont, I want people to get behind KTA in a tough time and support them. I think generally, most people do feel very welcome in Vermont, and we value that as Vermonters, and in our strange pseudo-canadian world. We also don't actually know the exact nature of these alleged incounters. Perhaps you have access to official information no one else does, and I'm not saying you're wrong, but at this point we are all operating on rumors, and speculation. Honestly, I've been hearing similar, but slighly different things around Vermont. The fact is, the KTA and the landowners have not actually given us a first hand account, or a copy of the letters submitted Dec 14th to the KTA.
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