The crux of the issue with the Las Pilitas quarry project outside Santa Margarita was succinctly described by Gary L. Kirkland in his April 20 letter (“Approve mining plan”): “Private property rights are the cornerstone of a free society.”
What seems to be missing from his discussion is that residents of Santa Margarita also have property rights, which include the right to live in peaceful, quiet enjoyment of their own property. I imagine this is one of the reasons many people have chosen to live there. And if hundreds of large trucks drive through this rural community every day, it will pretty much destroy that aspect of owning property in Santa Margarita.
Should the property rights of one company have the power to take away the property rights of hundreds of individuals?
The right to mine and extract a valuable product from private property is very different than the right to create major disruption in a community by moving that product through a small village on a public road. The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors should recognize every aspect of property rights in making its decision.