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Land Grant

June 24, 2002

I was at first astounded that Pennsylvania Republican Rep. John E. Peterson proposed giving 110 acres of national forest land surrounding Mt. Wilson to a private group ("Eastern Lawmaker Seeks Land Giveaway--in L.A.," June 21). Upon discovering the property would be developed by the Mt. Wilson Institute for use by the Carnegie Institution, I took heart. The juxtaposition of a bunch of Luddites who are skeptical of scientifically validated changes in Earth's climate encamped at the foot of an observatory considered the birthplace of modern astronomy is "waaaay" Southern California. I can't wait to find out how much national forest my congressional representative wants to give away in Pennsylvania.

Reg Daudert

Santa Barbara

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