Fast Focus 'What are your ideas for access to the Hanford site?' Respect Rattlesnake

November 17, 2013 

I am writing in response to Gary Spanner's letter published on Nov.10. He wrote that "it is time to remedy the injustice of no convenient public access to the summit of Rattlesnake Mountain." On the contrary, I believe it would be a great injustice to put a parking lot on the summit of the mountain, as Mr. Spanner suggests.

Rattlesnake Mountain is of great spiritual significance to the Plateau People who are native to this area. There are burials there and historic sites. There are also plant and animal communities that are thriving there right now because of our current limited access. Cars and trucks driving up and down and parking at the top would be disrespectful and polluting.

I believe that we should do our best to maintain an atmosphere of quiet and conservation on the mountain. A peaceful hike is one thing, perhaps, but just because the mountain is there does not mean all of us need to go gunning engines to the top.

-- JENNIFER MCCANN, Kennewick

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