Hurdygurdy Cr. not last example of surrounded private land
Regarding the Hurdygurdy Creek article (“Watershed plan spurs heated debate,” Aug. 25), I noticed that not all of the facts were presented. The Smith River Alliance keeps beating the drum about the watershed being one of the last examples of private ownership surrounded by public land, often referred to as “in-holdings,” within the Smith River National Recreation Area.
There are other private in-holdings within this area, such as Big Flat. The concept of in-holdings is not isolated to this specific area in this national forest. It is a concept as old as the national forest system itself. Look at a map of the Klamath, Shasta-Trinity, Modoc or any other National Forest and you will see in-holdings. On some national forests they resemble a checkerboard of private and public owned land. Within these mixed ownership areas there does not appear to be a call to “protect the watershed.”
Vandalism of Calif. mosque is same kind of crime as 9/11 attack
I saw a shocking news report this morning (Fox 28). In Madera County, a group of unknown people vandalized a local mosque.
The county sheriff was quoted on camera stating, “This sort of behavior is not to be tolerated under any circumstances.”
Very sad that people try to make others look bad with religion
This is in response to the Aug. 21 letter, “Mosque in Manhattan shows whose side Obama is on.” I agree with your title. I think a mosque in Manhattan demonstrates that Obama, who is a former constitutional law professor, has sensitivity toward religious freedoms and is on the side of the Constitution.
There is no mosque going to be built at Ground Zero. The center being built is actually located at 45-51 Park Place, which is two blocks from the northern edge of the 16-acre World Trade Center site. The center’s location is a former Burlington Coat Factory store that is already being used for worship. There is a mosque at 245 W. Broadway, 12 blocks north of the Trade Center, and the “Manhattan Mosque” is five blocks away from the site.
Every weekday, Muslims gather and pray in the Pentagon 80 feet away from where terrorists attacked and I have not heard anyone complaining about that.
Fragrance chemicals hazardous to drivers and passengers’ health
An Aug. 18 letter by Sheila Toth (“Using air freshener on the bus is unfair to many local riders”) noted that Febreezedispensers have been installed on Redwood Transit Buses. In addition to health concerns of riders, there is also an increased economic burden to the city from potential worker’s compensation complaints should a driver become ill from pollutants introduced inside their vehicles an unessential to it’s operation (e.g. fuel emissions).
One material safety data sheet for Febreeze air fresheners reads that it contains unidentified quantities of fragrance and “quality control ingredients.” It is poor consumer practice to purchase anything with a largely undisclosed list of ingredients.
Further, fragrance chemicals are known to cause moderate reductions in lung function even in healthy adults. They are a well-documented trigger for asthma and migraine attacks, and a primary cause of allergic dermatitis.
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