I am always wondrously stunned by letter writers who believe that, because we “own” property, we can do whatever we like to or with it. Our job as property owners is to be good stewards of the land, be it our own little house parcel or a mining property. We have to take into account how this ownership affects the “whole,” not just the “I.”
If I wanted to paint my house bright flamingo pink and my neighbors objected, I would certainly not do it. The same could be said for land use of any kind. Just because the Las Pilitas land can be mined, doesn’t mean it should. Whatever political party you belong to, you still must be a good neighbor. It is just the right thing to do.