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Friday’s Letters to the Editor

  • U.S. Forest Service firefighters work on the Bully Fire in Shasta County, which apparently was started by a truck delivering supplies to an illegal marijuana farm. (ANDREAS FUHRMANN / Redding Record Searchlight)

Pot and wildfires

EDITOR: I’ve heard stories of environmental catastrophes that Californians should care about — the rain forest, killing animals for tusks, protests over fur coats, Berkeley’s tree-sitters, the wetlands in Willits. Yet right in front of Californians’ blind eyes and non-hearing ears, the destruction of wilderness/wildlife is happening with no protests in front of the courthouse, no rallies, no protests, no outrage. I’m talking about illegal pot grows.

A fire caused by an illegal grow destroyed Shasta’s wilderness, killed animals and a human being. Illegal grows are stealing water when there is not enough for the animals, fish or trees. Why are Californians, with their apathy, saying that growing a weed is more important than our pristine wilderness?

People brag on TV and in the papers about the money and providing medicine (which a person could grow on their own) and collectively selling to the rest of the world. Yet no one speaks out of the price, of the loss of 12,000 acres in Shasta.

I am a Californian, and I care. Write to Gov. Jerry Brown, write to the president, and act to end illegal grows in our woods. Use state and federal money to protect the precious California wilderness.

CATHERINE LAIR

Ukiah

Replica weapons

EDITOR: No one is calling for a ban on the orange tips for replica weapons. That’s because we are united in knowing that the placement of the orange tips is a good idea.

What some people can’t seem to remember is why it’s a good idea. It’s a good idea because everyone needs to know that the ersatz weapon is not what it seems to be — a very deadly weapon.


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