Re "Fire fouls air, but events over holiday stay on track" (Page A1, Aug. 28): Failed stewardship of our forests is generating smoke that gags and angers me. Government departments beg for more money from taxpayers for the emergency effort, while the cause of the Rim fire is failed policy and inaction by interlocking jurisdictions.
A simple answer: Have title and stewardship of the burned land assigned to the counties affected. The counties will be required within two years to auction the land for the highest and best use. The result will be maximizing property and sales taxes. Private landowners have the common sense to build fire breaks and thin trees for best marketability.
This emergency demands a change of law now. It is up to us to make it happen.
-- Oliver H. Maxwell, Sonora