EDITOR: The March 24 editorial ("Hidden treasure on Mendo Coast") reflected the enthusiasm of local businesses, including Visit Mendocino County members, who are eager to secure permanent protection for the Stornetta Public Lands.
Rep. Jared Huffman called these lands "a national treasure" and introduced legislation to try to protect them as part of the California Coastal National Monument. The openness, grandeur and accessibility of our coast makes it more appealing than other parts of California. With permanent protection for the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands, Mendocino County's south coast would become even more attractive, not only for locals but for visitors as well.
How often do you visit a place with your family where you can unplug from life? Where your kids can be kids and you can teach them about the world around you? As I told a National Geographic editor recently, this is a place of grand beauty you have to experience during your lifetime, as it will not only inspire and change your child's life but your own as well.
President, Visit Mendocino
EDITOR: I just heard the news that the National Rifle Association is proposing guns as protection for each school in the United States ("NRA report urges armed staff at schools," Wednesday). This is quite an insidious endeavor for a number of bizarre and invasive reasons: gun manufacturers would make out as literal bandits as per the increase in their revenue; invasive surveillance takes precedence over privacy; the expense is outrageous; legislators as proponents would impose self-serving and exclusive mandates; potential criminals would identify yet additional targets; academic leaders and teachers would be faced with the rationale of a police state.
Most important, what a defeating message to students as this concept is considered protective of their safety and well-being. Instead, it's the culmination of fear without addressing the causes of a society that has failed to provide services and resources for those whose distress and illness becomes violent. Creating scary environments doesn't solve the problems.