Letters to the Editor for July 16, 2014

Union Democrat staff

McClintock giving the run around

To the Editor:

A bill to add two parcels to Yosemite National Park was introduced in Congress over 15 months ago. At the same time, the California Legislature passed a bill supporting the measure. Coauthors included our representatives, Sen. Berryhill and Assemblyman Bigelow. But the House of Representatives bill isn't even scheduled to be reviewed by committee.

Given the few working days of the House, it may not come up this year, and then it will die.

Mr. McClintock sits on the committee that would send the bill on to a full House vote, but he doesn't see fit to bring it up. He says the bill has his "conditional support," but he doesn't bother to tell us what these conditions are. He is getting paid to be a lawmaker and has support staff costing about a million dollars a year, but in all this time he can't come up with an amendment to the bill that would take care of whatever his concerns may be.

Either McClintock is very bad at figuring out how to write laws, or he is just stonewalling as a way to kill the bill. Maybe the current owners of the parcels are willing to wait around for who knows how long for action, but if they don't, the opportunity for public access will be lost. Some Silicon Valley folks would surely love a private estate next to Yosemite.

This November, we can take action and vote for Art Moore, someone who is straightforward and can get results.

Cayce Jones


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