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Re: 'Shame on those that discredit Granite' [Letter, Village News, 7/15/10]

The Santa Margarita River (SMR) is an environmentally significant and sensitive property in Southern California. In 1962, Murray Schloss lovingly bequeathed the original 2,480 acres to SDSU for what has become the university’s research station.

Since then, Camp Pendleton, San Diego County, Fallbrook Land Conservancy, FPUD and many others have collectively sacrificed much to protect the SMR corridor from the hands of developers.

Now, a powerful company wants to create the largest open pit mine ever known to our area in the most pristine part of that habitat. Last week, Sten Thordarson wrote that he and his wife Bev were amazed by the “tone of the anti-quarry folks.”

Actions speak louder than words, however, and there’s every indication Sten and Bev are wonderful people. I believe Bev worked to bring bronze sculptures to the downtown area. We all took pride in and respected the efforts of those responsible for the beautiful artwork. The community of Fallbrook was sickened when someone stole one of the sculptures to profit from the scrap metal. We wondered if we could have done more to prevent the theft.

The corridor is not a bronze sculpture but it is the communities’ most environmentally valuable treasure. Countless have given of their time. Many have donated their land. Come enjoy the hiking trails, horseback riding and biological treasures to see why we care so much. Please don’t let them steal it from us. Please don’t let them destroy what so many have worked so hard to protect.

Ken Hennell


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