Letters to the Editor: Apocalypse Cow

Wow.

I mean it, I just read the article on the Point Reyes Apocalypse Cow … (“Apocalypse Cow,” News, Dec. 9).

I don’t think a clearer nor more concise history has ever been linearly printed … including the F-A-C-T that ranchers were paid for their lands and agreed to leases based on a term OR the life of the original signer … (as I understand it).

No matter, they were shown the check book and they said “yes.” Then they agreed to vacate the lands and let the mandate of the original intention of the park be fulfilled. But no …? NO !

Why the discussion is even happening is well illustrated in this article. Thank you for having the chutzpah to tell it like it is. Everyone out here knows the power of the dairy and farming community … to the detriment of the bought-and-paid-for park lands. And of course the Elk … now just an indigenous bit player.

Joseph Brooke

Point Reyes Station

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In his recent investigative report, “Apocalypse Cow,” (Dec. 9), Peter Byrne shows how campaign contributions and political interests shape environmental statements that legitimize short-term gain and corporate ripoff that ultimately make for a world profoundly out of balance, all at the expense of true stewardship of the land, in ways practiced by the original inhabitants of Point Reyes, the ancestors of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. 

Byrne connects the dots in fine-grained, compelling detail. We have a lot for which to be thankful for such high-quality reporting. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the Good Guys have a ton of work to do to undo the graft and corruption practiced by such unscrupulous politicians as Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Jared Huffman.

Daniel McLaughlin

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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