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
Editor's Choice Videos
Join the Discussion
Merced Sun-Star is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.