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Friday's Letters to the Editor

Point Reyes wilderness

EDITOR: I am shocked to see the misleading signs regarding Drakes Oyster Co. popping up around Sonoma and Marin counties. These signs should say Save Point Reyes National Seashore Wilderness. I support sustainable agriculture, and I love oysters, but the attempt by this company and its corporate allies to deny wilderness status to Drakes Estero has nothing to do with farming and everything to do with opening publicly owned lands to development.

Point Reyes is a wonderful example of cooperation by agriculture, national parks and wilderness. The current owners bought the oyster company in 2005 with seven years remaining on its permit, knowing that the estero is a designated wilderness area, and they should honor their lease agreement.

As a member of the public, one of the millions of owners of the Point Reyes National Seashore, I urge all Americans to protect the Drakes Estero wilderness and stop the attempt to privatize and commercialize our public lands by powerful business interests with friends in high places.

Please let any restaurant or business displaying one of these signs or serving Drakes Bay oysters know that you support our national parks, the law and wilderness designation for Drakes Estero in Point Reyes National Seashore.

LYNN HAMILTON

Occidental

Well-regulated militia

EDITOR: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." So what part of well regulated don't the National Rifle Association members understand?

BARBARA MEDAILLE


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