Letters to the Editor

Stand up against the Wonderful Co.’s destruction of our oaks

A pickup truck drives through piles of oak wood and scraped hillsides in a canyon off of Willow Creek Road.
A pickup truck drives through piles of oak wood and scraped hillsides in a canyon off of Willow Creek Road. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Kudos to all the San Luis Obispo County businesses that have decided to no longer carry Justin wines in their establishments (“Several SLO County restaurants yank Justin wines after oak tree removals,” June 18). Hopefully the list of those making a similar decision will continue to grow.

One can only wonder where our county watchdogs, who issued the permit, were when cries went up about the Wonderful Co.’s destruction of our heritage oaks. How long does it take to issue a stop order?

Oh, we know the company spokesperson tells us they plan to plant thousands of new trees.

Did they forget there is, and has been, a long-standing drought?

We suppose they may explain away the illegal grading with, “Oh we plan to build the hillside back.”

This is so like some of our rich industrialists. They think they can buy their way out of anything.

For us, we do not plan to ever buy another bottle or glass of Justin wine; nor, do we plan to wittingly enter an establishment that serves that brand of wine.

We would hope others talk with their wallets and shun these pillagers of our heritage and beautiful countryside.

Fred and Debra Raleigh, Paso Robles

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