Re "River in redwood country is worth more than nickel" (Viewpoints, Forum, Oct. 13): The writer paints a beautiful picture of California's natural heritage. So it boggles my mind that the U.S. Forest Service could give it all away to a foreign multinational with the ease of granting a permit.
Strip mining is a blight on the earth. It simply cannot be allowed to damage such pristine and, in some cases endangered, refuges and turn the area into a barren, scarred expanse.
But in this case Californians can't do it on our own. We need our neighbors in Oregon to speak up, too. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer are strong advocates for the environment. We need them now more than ever to work with their colleagues from Oregon to tell the Forest Service loud and clear that they must reject this permit.
-- Colleen A. Kelly, Redwood City