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Jerel Steckling: Yosemite parking reservations are a great idea

Re “Yosemite offers reserved day-use parking in August” (Page 3A, June 22): With great interest, I read the article about a pilot program for reserved day-use parking in Yosemite Valley. I have volunteered in Yosemite Valley the past 4 years. I have seen in that short time an ever increasing volume of cars trying to enter Yosemite and trying to park. In past years I saw people unable to find parking mostly on weekends. This May I saw the parking lots fill up and visitors unable to park on most weekdays in addition to weekends. Some days the lots filled up by 10:00 AM. Cars would circle and ultimately had to leave. I talked to one angry woman from Canada, coming for a dream vacation, found that they couldn’t park and the only option was to exit. That story was retold many times each day. Reserved parking will help those who plan ahead find parking when they visit the Yosemite. I hope that the National Park Service takes other steps to solve the parking issues in the valley, and that they are supported by the surrounding communities and local elected officials.

Letters to the Editor

Jack Heinsius: New healthcare bill should not have been written in secret

Someone once said that you don't want to watch laws or sausage being made. The senate certainly took this to heart with the crafting of their long awaited Obamacare wrecking ball bill. It was done in stealth that puts the witness protection program to shame. Since about five minutes after its passage, republicans have proposed destruction of The Affordable Care Act in every possible way. So you would think they had enough stuff on the shelf to get the job done over a single tall latte, even with the house bill to help. But I guess it takes time and imagination to make a meat axe look like a scalpel. Obamacare has problems but the republicans have done little if anything to address them. Of course doing that has the hazard that it might remind voters that this legislation, like social security, medicare and a host of other programs for people have become beneficial laws in spite of their party not because of it. The senate was making neither law or sausage - they were making baloney.

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Mike Dunbar: Time for county officials to ban people from our rivers

Mike Dunbar, the editorial page editor of The Modesto Bee, is urging Stanislaus, Merced and San Joaquin county officials to ban the recreational use of the Tuolumne, Merced and Stanislaus rivers until they are deemed safe. The cold, rapid water this spring has led to several drownings. (Brian Clark/bclark@modbee.com)
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Mike Dunbar: Time for county officials to ban people from our rivers

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The Bee's Mike Dunbar on Ann Coulter

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Mike Dunbar: State's glass woefully empty when it comes to water storage

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Mike Dunbar on Tom McClintock town hall meeting