Sierra Club goals set straight |

Sierra Club goals set straight

This letter is in response to the claim by Drew Bedwell that the Sierra Club is only focused on “special” interests. Mr. Bedwell should attend one of our bimonthly potluck meetings. He would find we are Republicans and Democrats, young and old. Some of us just like to hike.

The Sierra Club supports good planning. Poorly planned development threatens our environment, our health and our quality of life. Sprawl makes our air dirtier, increases traffic, saps local resources and destroys open spaces. Most of the new residents to Nevada County moved here to escape the very threats I just mentioned. The old timers, as well, have seen the unpleasant consequences of poor planning in our communities.

The Sierra Club supports clean air, clean water, energy conservation, protecting unspoiled places, and using the Earth’s resources prudently. These are not “special” interests but the interests of many. Mr. Bedwell’s attempt to divert the debate on environmental protection to a referendum on “property rights” is a dishonest extremist tactic and will not succeed.

Carolyn Hinshaw


Sierra Nevada Group/Sierra Club

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