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Protecting the Desert

September 12, 1989

This is in response to Bruce Barnbaum's comments Aug. 28 (letter). He says, "(Sen. Pete) Wilson has blocked every attempt to create wilderness, national parklands, or any other viable protection of our besieged desert lands." Perhaps Barnbaum confuses the raising of legitimate questions over bad legislation with blocking.

In an open letter to Sen. Alan Cranston (Cycle News, July 13, 1988), Wilson expressed these concerns and indicated a willingness to work with desert protection bill proponents to correct its faults. Wilson's questioning of this bill was an act of political courage as it incurred the displeasure of the Sierra Club in an election year. Happily, he was reelected.

As The Times said in an editorial ("Desert Dilemma," Aug. 27), both sides should increase their efforts in search of some common ground.

JOHN GAWLEY

Alhambra

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