Friday's Letters to the Editor

Oyster wars

EDITOR: The Press Democrat's recent exposure of the Koch Brothers' connection to the Drakes Bay Oyster Co.'s lawsuit ("Oyster battle reaches past Drakes Bay," March 9) and the efforts by right-wing senators to permanently commercialize the Point Reyes National Seashore wilderness ("Oyster farm in GOP jobs bill," March 15) speaks volumes about how involved this company is with a radical agenda that threatens our most treasured landscapes.

Kevin Lunny says he didn't know about legislation, which would benefit his business while subverting national park and wilderness policy. The Point Reyes language is buried in a larger piece of legislation that opens our coast to drilling, approves the Keystone XL dirty tar sands pipeline and blocks the EPA from protecting the air we breathe and water we drink. I find it unbelievable that Lunny denies knowledge when his lobbyist has sought the help of this batch of senators.

I agree with Rep. Jared Huffman that this effort is an "environmental wrecking ball." The ball is now in Lunny's court to convince the public that the information before us, which connects his company to a broad anti-environmental scheme, is accidental. He can start by publicly rejecting this legislation so destructive to Point Reyes.



The bigger picture

EDITOR: While I am extremely disappointed that the Senate does not have the votes to pass a ban on assault weapons despite the American public's support of such a ban, the bigger picture is the need for campaign finance reform.

Those senators who vote against or are too cowardly to admit they would vote against an assault weapons ban probably owe their re-election to the National Rifle Association.

The NRA and other lobbying groups have too much power over our elected officials. If we want a democracy, we need elected officials who represent the people and not the lobbyists and/or corporations with big money. The time is now for a change.

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