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.



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?



Rules of the road

EDITOR: I often see bumper stickers featuring the words "Share the Road" and a picture of a bicycle. A cyclist's right to the road can be a relatively hotly disputed issue. Some drivers are irritated with them, and the bikers themselves just want a safe alternative for their commutes to work or school.

The point I wish to make is that if cyclists want to be taken seriously as patrons of the road, they must abide by the rules of the road — stop at stop signs, signal your turns. Do these little things out of respect for you fellow travelers and you will be shown the same respect.

You're either a pedestrian, or you're not. You cannot pick and choose which laws should apply to you and then expect drivers to respect your right to the road. When a cyclist cruises through a stop sign without waiting his turn, it only stokes the irritation of the rest of us.



Get on board

EDITOR: Over the next few weeks presentations will be made to the eligible cities in Sonoma County about Sonoma Clean Power. After that, the cities have a decision to make.

The city councils are being asked one simple question: Will they vote to participate on the board of the Sonoma Clean Power Authority and appoint a representative to that board?

A yes vote means the city will have a voice in all of the decisions made by the Sonoma Clean Power Authority going forward. A yes vote also empowers each resident of the city to make a decision about electricity service.

Voting no means that this city council does not trust its constituents to make their own choices.

The city councils are not being asked to weigh in about whether to launch a program or about the details of the program — will the rates be high or low, will there be more solar or less solar, etc. These decisions will come later this year when the cities that choose to participate are on board.

We say to Santa Rosa and all the cities in the county: show some leadership — get on board.


Executive director, Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy