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Tuesday's Letters to the Editor

<b>People's parks</b>

EDITOR: Like so many Californians, already aghast at the disaster in Colorado, I was shocked and disappointed to learn of the state Department of Parks and Recreation's apparent blindness regarding surplus funds ("Park surplus sets off turmoil," Saturday).

Too many questions arise. Yet in hindsight, it makes sense. The incomplete responses, the inability to explain so many historically significant parks on the closure list and the strange calm inside the department when out at the parks it was anything but.

To those of us who have been working so hard, I believe we deserve an apology. But does it matter?

I had hoped all along that if nothing else we would become more aware of our parks, their needs and their value, and I think that has happened. It's time now to stop demanding the public simply pay more to park, pay more to camp and pay more in taxes. It's time for our elected officials to show the same care and concern that the citizens have shown once again.

The large number of amazing and passionate people I met out on the road, out at the parks, proved this to me firsthand. Having shared in such a fight with these same people makes it an experience, for me, hard to regret.

ALDEN OLMSTED

Olmsted Park Fund

<b>A privileged few</b>

EDITOR: I was upset, disappointed and ticked off to read about state legislators granting raises to their staff members ("Lawmakers dole out raises," Saturday). I have been a classified school employee for nearly 20 years and have not seen a cost of living adjustment for much of that time. Medical premiums have increased, co-workers have been laid off, furlough days are on the rise (this year my district will have 10).


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