I'm writing in regard to the article "Ire After the Fire: Victims Say Endangered Rat Got More Protection Than Their Homes" (Nov. 16). The idea that " . . . animals are more important than people" in this case is idiotic. The kangaroo rat is an endangered animal and should be saved instead of 29 homes--not people.
The people who owned the homes can start over, but if the kangaroo rat was destroyed, it could not start over whatsoever. And the fact that dozens of builders complain over the rodent is great, because there are too many buildings and streets and not enough wildlife in this state. People should give the poor creature a chance.
While visiting constituents in the fire-damaged areas, it became evident to me that (at least) several of these homes would have been saved if adequate fire breaks had been maintained around the properties, as required by county ordinance. However, the threat of violating the Endangered Species Act kept them from complying with fire abatement laws.
This is wrong; there is absolutely no good reason why the ESA should prevent people, indirectly or otherwise, from adequately protecting their homes.