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Limiting land state can own is right thing

January 20, 2012
The Alpena News

I disagree with your editorial in today's paper that comments on Senator Tom Casperson's desire to limit land acquisition by the DNR. You make the statement, "As far as we are concerned, the more land we own as Michigan Citizens, the better off we all are." No, no, no, this is not true if you are a person who would like to actually benefit by enjoying state land. The state owns Rockport, Thompson's Harbor and Negwegon. You can enjoy using this property if you just want to take a walk or cross country ski, otherwise stay off, stay away. You can't use the property to ride a horse, operate any motorized vehicles such as an ATV, Dirt Motorcycles, Snowmobiles, even a Golf Cart are not allowed. How about people that want to go camping? Not Allowed. How about older persons who would like to enjoy being out in the woods but can't walk long distance, they are out of luck. Too bad they can't use an ATV to access the woods. The taxpayer loses again because the state often does not pay taxes on what they own, however if the land were privately owned taxes would be paid. State ownership means off limits for most fun activities and really limits accessibility by Michigan taxpayers. I'll bet that Rockport could be leased to private developers who would organize campsites, picnic areas, trails for ORVs, dirt bikes, snowmobiles, and other fun outdoor activities for the enjoyment by the general public. It seems a shame that our tax money is used to buy land for the benefit of a minority of our citizens.



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