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Off-Road Vehicle Users Defended

December 11, 1986

Swell, another anti-off-road vehicle article (Times, Nov. 23). Just what we need.

What could have been a thought-provoking report on the condition of the San Gabriel Basin water system turns out to be an attack on the dreaded off-roaders.

You should get your facts straight and understand the difference between off-road vehicle users and the rowdies who are tearing up the San Gabriel Reservoir. We pay our sticker fees. We ride in designated areas and it would take a bloodhound to see where my group has been once we've left. In my 17 years of off-road riding, I've never left so much as a gum wrapper behind. There's thousands of people just like me.

We contribute to local economies. We buy everything the campers and skiers buy and then some. We're consumers with a capital C. We're probably a lot like you, except we tire of the traffic and smog and enjoy a little wind in our faces on the weekend.

And about those fun-loving folks up in the reservoir. Why not arrest the drunks and fine the litterbugs and polluters? The laws are on the books. Enforce them and we'll have our clean water and recreation.

GERALD R. CLELAND

Inglewood

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