A small world
Duarte Lima traveled the United States for three months and wrote in reporting he was upset that he could not use a motorized access way in a state vehicle park to park his towel and watch the sunset (“Cars on the beach shock,” Dec. 5).
By coincidence, this is the third foreign letter recently printed with the same talking points. Clearly something does not ring true.
Tourists often confuse the “slice of life” they experience for the overriding reality of an area. In the case of these letters, it appears a misrepresentation of the limited scope and purpose of the Ocean State Vehicular Recreation Area may have been imparted upon our foreign friends. By whom is anyone’s guess.
It is my opinion that low journalistic standards continue to be fostered upon the Ocean State Vehicular Recreation Area by The Tribune. In this instance by the de facto acceptance that a spontaneous world-wide movement has emerged to close the Oceano Dunes.
Had a rash of Nigerian e-mails suddenly started appearing in newspaper mailboxes, surely an editor would have the intellectual curiosity to ask why. Why not the same interest here? Truly, it’s a small world.
What to expect
While resisting its fiscal responsibility in the havoc it is causing to the health of Mesa and Oceano citizens, the State Parks off-highway division is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars challenging those who are trying to protect public health (“State Parks to study Dunes wind,” Dec. 14).
What can we expect from State Parks’ newly proposed wind study? Let’s look at other “research” State Parks has done.
The fuel tax study that skims off $60 million a year from our gas tax at the pump that would otherwise go to cities, counties and for road maintenance. The California Legislature redid the study and found it was overestimated by 50 percent.
The least environmentally damaging entry into the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area study, which found the Grand and Pier entries the least damaging. The research did not consider any impacts of vehicles on the beach and creek.
The economic impact studies, whose preposterous claims of benefit to our county were arrived at by including gasoline purchases. Only pennies on the dollar spent for gasoline stay in our county. Most goes to foreign countries.
State Parks’ “research” should not be trusted, especially when it comes to public health.
It’s your money
Michael Van Belleghem wants to know why anyone would be opposed to State Parks and the off-highway vehicles division “studying” the link between our severe local air pollution problems and the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (“Why appeal?,” Dec. 18). A link, he fails to mention, that has already been established in a “scientifically accurate and peer-reviewed” study conducted by the Air Pollution Control District.
One might be opposed to the study for the same reason one might oppose “studies” funded by the tobacco industry on the links between smoking and cancer or by Exxon/Mobil on the links between fossil fuel emissions and climate change.
With one difference: State Parks is financing its fishing expedition with your money, Van Belleghem.
Behind the curtain
The protest against State Parks’ proposal to study wind patterns at Oceano Dunes reminds me of two things:
1. “The Wizard of Oz:” Don’t look behind the curtain.
2. Climategate: The effort to suppress any evidence or investigation that might counter global warming claims.
Admittedly, State Parks does have a vested interest in the wind problem. So do the people opposed to the study.
I think their opposition, in some cases, goes beyond the health concerns and involves politics and prestige as well.
By all means, do “look behind the curtain.” Amazing what you might find, as in the two examples above.
Leonard D. Baumert