Congratulations to Ron Waitman for his very sensible letter (Feb. 5) on gophers, people and priorities. A shame many people didn't read it some time ago before the present situation developed.
Why are citizens denied the use of their land and/or must pay exorbitant fees (and suffer lengthy delays) to test for the presence of an animal generally regarded as a pest? This is damn-foolishness of the first order.
I do wish The Olympian would publish (or perhaps republish) a timeline detailing the events, actions and people that created the current situation. From Congress to federal Fish and Wildife personnel to county commissioners. Let's get names, ranks and serial numbers. What did they do? What could they have done?
How in the world did we end up imposing huge penalties on landowners in order to protect a species many of us would prefer to eradicate. And what can be done to restore realistic priorities and common sense?