The Editor

The Contra Costa Times

Walnut Creek, CA

To the Editor:

Your front page story, "Pombo redrafts species law" (The Times, September 20) was depressing. Representative Pombo is trying to do a kind of reverse Noah's Ark, a Pombo's Ark, where the endangered species are thrown overboard two-by-two. The Endangered Species Act was passed in 1973, when the Nixon Administration gave its blessing to the creation of the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) and other progressive environmental legislation. We belatedly discovered that DDT insecticide almost killed off all of our national symbol, the Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), by biological concentration and magnification of that toxic chemical that resulted in the deadly thinning of the Eagle's egg shells. The continued massive habitat destruction by human development is probably the greatest threat to endangered species and what remains of our natural environment.

Nixon was the last Republican President to show any real concern for preserving our natural environment. Since then Reagan ("If you've seen one Redwood tree, you've seen them all"), Bush I and Bush II have accelerated environmental destruction of our country. They have all been relentlessly pro-development, pro-business and anti-environment. Apparently Republicans such as Pombo and Bush will not rest until they have paved over our entire country. Please write a letter to your Congressional Representative and Senators and tell them not to monkey around with the Endangered Species Act.

Yours truly,

James K. Sayre

20 September 2005




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