Martin E. Williams: McClintock’s park plan OK

08/22/2014 12:00 AM

08/22/2014 11:58 PM

Re “McClintock’s bill deeply flawed” (Letters, Aug. 13): The writer misses in criticizing Rep. Tom McClintock’s Yosemite bill. Taxpayers should not be bailing out bad land investments. One of the parcels was purchased by private investors; it cannot be developed, and taxpayers should not come to the rescue. The other parcel is owned by an environmental nonprofit looking to purchase land at a discounted rate, then sell it to the federal government at full value. They benefit from tax deductions, and now they want taxpayers to give them even more by buying the land.

McClintock has been willing to add the parcels to Yosemite – and his bill does it without forcing taxpayers to bail out bad investments or help a nonprofit feather its nest. The federal government already owns 50 percent of Mariposa County and 45 percent of California. We can’t afford to grow government and eat up more of our budget and land.

Martin E. Williams, Sacramento

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