Sunday's Letters to the Editor

Oyster farm closure

EDITOR: Many of us in west Marin are thankful Drakes Bay Oyster Co. has closed its retail operation and cannery on Drake’s Estero in Point Reyes National Seashore. It’s an important step toward bringing this divisive matter to a close. Yet the company apparently remains determined to thwart the intent of a 1976 act of Congress establishing a West Coast marine wilderness in Drakes Estero.

In 2005, Drakes Bay Oyster Co. purchased the last seven years of the oyster operation’s 40-year lease, fully aware that the National Park Service didn’t intend to extend it upon expiration. After exhaustive review by several agencies, the Interior secretary declined to extend the lease and several federal courts — including the U.S. Supreme Court — have rejected the company’s legal claims.

It is past time for the company to fulfill its obligations to the seashore, the environment and its own workers. The company has not been mistreated by the seashore, and it has had the benefit of the bargain it made.

Even so, Bay Area conservationists need to remain vigilant against further attempts to undermine the Wilderness Act and open public lands for private commercial exploitation.



Always looking

EDITOR: Doris Laul’s letter (“Dangerous turn,” Thursday) struck a chord with me. I am an avid cyclist, riding more than 100 miles weekly. Not a ride goes by that I don’t see some driver making an inconsiderate if not stupid move that could result in injuries or death to an unsuspecting rider. Southbound Stony Point Road at the eastbound Highway 12 exit is by far the worst location for right-of-way offenders. My guess is that if a cyclist were to get hit at this intersection, the offender would flee the scene.

I find it ironic that Sonoma County and Santa Rosa in particular tout this area as being very bicycle friendly. I beg to differ. I see so many scofflaws who put others at risk that I’ve taken the step of mounting a GoPro camera on my helmet, and I’m considering using two — forward- and rear-facing.

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