Got this email and I thought I'd share it with all of you, not to mention, it's a Chevy Blazer rental... I can relate to the article since I'm guilty of taking a rental car where it's not suppose to go! I don't see much harm in this and it's the rental cars responsibility to check the vehicle when it comes back and apply any charges that may exist.
Here's the article:
From Pat Chicas:
We will have a response for all demands and outcrys by the publication of
our next issue. Past that, let me make this very clear, we will never,
ever, ever sucumb to the pressures of any group, entity or individual that
wishes to censor content on ORC. To do so, would be 100% un-American.
We have discussed internally, the path we will take in our response. Our
guess is that a good number of people will do some deep soul searching and
a lesser percentage will be totally outraged. That's fine, we will never,
ever let a minority enflunce ORC.
On Fri, 4 Feb 2000, Len Sullivan wrote:
> Hello all
> A member of my local off-road club (the Arizona Virtual Jeep Club - largest
> offroad club in the state) has posted a message to all club members
> expressing outrage at an article posted by ORC on their website, and has
> proposed a boycott of ORC if the article is not retracted immediately.
> I've read the article in question, and it bothers me quite a bit that the
> host organization for our lists would post it. As OHV enthusiasts we all
> have to constantly defend our right to enjoy our hobby against those who
> would close public lands to all vehicular travel, yet ORC is posting exactly
> the kind of 'evidence' that these groups use against us. Granted, the
> person who wrote the article didn't knock down any trees or kill any
> endangered species...........instead he allowed the destruction of a rental
> vehicle and endangered the lives of his passengers - including a 5 year old
> I encourage all of you to read the article and ask yourself if this is the
> kind of publicity that our sport needs. Let your conscience be your
> guide.........if one of my list members posted anything like this I and
> other RESPONSIBLE off-roaders on the list would slap him down immediately.
> I intend to write a letter to ORC demanding that it be removed and a
> retraction/apology put up in it's place. If they won't, I'm sure that
> e-groups would be happy to host my list. I've spent too much time defending
> our sport to sit idly by and allow a site as visible as ORC to post
> something like this.
> Here is a link to the article:
> -Len Sullivan 1978 J-10
> -FSJ List Administrator
> -Phoenix, AZ ICQ# 38601959