"Let them eat cake." Noah Greenwald, ecologist at the Center for Biological Diversity's Portland office, seems as out of touch as Marie Antoinette before the French Revolution.
His May 26 In Focus column, "Protection for two rare plants has many benefits," showed either his ignorance or his bureaucratic arrogance. He stated, "All procedures for public input properly were followed and provided abundant opportunity for comment."
If this were the case, why were all the property owners along the White Bluffs bladderpod habitat and the Franklin County commissioners completely in the dark until one week before the decision to protect the bladderpod became law?
I run an apple and cherry orchard bordering the disputed area and I have no confidence in Mr. Greenwald's assessments, especially when he makes the comment, "This does not mean the end to farming there, but a shift in practices."
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It's this "shift in practices" part that has me and every other farmer along the White Bluffs worried. I don't want Greenwald or bureaucrats like him to jeopardize well-established farming practices along this bladderpod habitat.
Finally, the Franklin County commissioners were able to extend the public comment period. However, Greenwald wrote, "Extending the comment period won't change the carefully considered facts that guided Fish & Wildlife's decision." In other words, who cares about public comment? The decision has already been made.
BRET GLEDHILL, Basin City