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I’ve often enjoyed the magazine but the oyster
article (“Shell Games,” July 2014) threw me.
It’s so one-sided in support of Kevin Lunny I
can hardly believe it. Nowhere is it mentioned
that Lunny bought the lease knowing that
it would expire in 2012. That’s what Salazar
based his decision on as much as anything
else. Sure, maybe the park service has made a
few mistakes, but in my opinion they are fighting the good fight. Under other circumstances,
it’d be great to have this oyster farm, but not in
a wilderness area. MICHAEL MOONE Y, MILL VALLE Y
I recently read the article about the Drakes
Bay Oyster Company and found I had to write
to express my concerns. Nowhere in the
article does the author even mention the fact
that the federal government purchased the
Johnson Oyster Farm in 1942 for $79,200 and
gave the owner a 40-year lease to operate it.
This is certainly the most important fact in
the entire controversy. Looking at the entire
chain of events it seems the most rational
course of events was that Drakes Estero be
allowed to revert to wilderness. Lunny seems
to have been a careful steward of the marvel
that is Drakes Estero and it will be unfortunate that people will lose their jobs. However,
now that the U.S. Supreme Court has refused
to hear the case, I would hope the process of
removing the pilings and oyster pens from the
estero can begin. TOM ROSKO, SAN ANSELMO
In our Currents piece on Marin’s new Target
store (“Going Green,” June 2014) we incorrectly
spelled the name of the job captain for MBH
Architects. The correct spelling is Elaine Leong.
In our July Currents (“Reading List,” July 2014)
we incorrectly spelled the name of the author
and publisher of The Insanity of Advertising:
Memoir of a Mad Man. The author is Fred S.
Goldberg; the publisher is Council Oak Books.