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Thursday's Letters to the Editor

<b>Critic's credentials</b>

EDITOR: In regard to last Thursday's article about reviews of Guy Fieri's new restaurant ("N.Y. critic skewers Fieri"), I can't help but wonder how someone who knows the taste of a "combination of radiator fluid and formaldehyde" can possibly be a food critic.

DEBBIE BAILEY

Rohnert Park

<b>Close oyster farm</b>

EDITOR: My memories of living in a friend's cabin during the 1970s in the now gone hamlet of Tocaloma in Marin County tell me that the owners of Drake's Bay Oyster Company are trying to avoid the fair treatment other property owners received as part of establishing a National Seashore and the Golden Gate National Recreation area.

In 1975, my friends sold their cabin when the national recreation area was established. They were given $25,000 and a 25-year lease. They bought a new country place. When the lease ran out, they didn't protest.

Why should Drake's Bay Oyster Company be treated differently? I love a good oyster, and I love the wild beauty of Point Reyes. Tourists who visit our area seem to share those loves and spend their dollars. The Drake's Bay Oyster Company's lease is over, and it is only fair that it close. We will miss the catch of one out of several local oyster outfits, but we will be continuing the process of establishing and enhancing a beautiful asset as a prior generation intended, an asset whose worth for the North Bay can be measured in visitor's dollars spent.

MICHAEL TOIVONEN

Redwood Valley


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