Re "DA won"t charge parks officials" (Page A1, Jan. 25): Unbelievable. My wife and I have contributed to California State Parks and to the Calaveras Big Trees Association. I am a retired state employee having served as general counsel to three different state agencies. Responsible parks officials that hid funds violated the public trust and the special trust of contributors to the parks. Moreover, they have sullied the reputations of all good and dedicated state employees. From the top down they need to be held criminally responsible.
Based on experience, it would seem impossible for top managers to unknowingly hide so much for so long.
Moreover, the Attorney General found "conscious and deliberate acts". Unless there is something the public does not know, it would appear this would be enough to prosecute.
So quit playing bureaucracy tag. Both the Sacramento district attorney and the Attorney General have prosecutorial power. All the good parks contributors and state employees ask one of you to just do it.
-- Joseph R. Symkowick, Sacramento