Cayce Jones: McClintock in the way

07/01/2014 3:55 PM

07/01/2014 11:47 PM

Tom McClintock’s recent letter to the editor (“Support for Yosemite,” June 26) just shows that San Jose Mercury News reporter Paul Rogers was right to say that McClintock is standing in the way of annexing two parcels to Yosemite. Why? Because McClintock proposes no solutions. “Conditional support” without a proposal to address his concerns ends up blocking the bill. The National Park Service cannot come up with a plan because it isn’t Park Service land.

McClintock can offer any amendments he likes to the bill. And his job as a congressman is to come up with fixes. But he doesn’t have a plan, except to sit around and wait. In the meantime, the owners of the parcels can sell to developers. That will guarantee no public access to this land.

McClintock expressed his relief after the Park Service reviewed over 30,000 public comments on the Merced River Plan and then took these concerns into account in the final plan. Why not annex the parcels and let the planning process proceed? We need constructive action, not waffling. In November, voters can choose a proven leader by voting for Art Moore.

Cayce Jones, Midpines

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