.Letters to the Editor: Write On

First I want to acknowledge and congratulate Peter Byrne for his outstanding articles regarding the Point Reyes National Seashore issues, including its dairies. 

Your May 26 issue included a letter which closed with the following inquiry: “How do we get Deb Haaland to shut down this cow-shXX show once and for all?” With due respect to the letter writer and your publication, it’s probably not by writing a letter to the editor. 

Rather, contact the U.S. Department of the Interior online at www.doi.gov directly, as I did on May 7, 2021, stating the following: 

“Honorable Secretary Haaland, it is long past time that leases for cattle ranches in the referenced protected place managed by the National Park Service should cease, expiring at the next termination dates rather than being further extended. The properties involved have been owned by the US for decades. Any “historic” uses related to cattle are trivial compared with the Coast Miwoks claims. While I often agree with positions taken by the local Congressmember Jared Huffman, on this issue of public policy his usual environmental ethos has apparently been forgotten. Please listen to pleas of those seeking to better serve the national interests for protection of archeological sites specifically and the environment generally.” 

Tim Smith, Former Mayor of Rohnert Park

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