Tar­nished rush

Re “With prospects, they’re pan­ning like it’s 1849,” July 30

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Iread any “gold rush” move­ments with in­ter­est, but just a cou­ple of para­graphs into this ar­ti­cle I asked my­self: “What about the dam­age to the creeks and streams?” All this dredg­ing and drag­ging and scoop­ing and sluic­ing? Sure enough, there is an in­ves­ti­ga­tion and rul­ing pend­ing on the com­pro­mise of “ri­par­ian habi­tat” in­volved. There should be. And, sure enough, the bunch do­ing all the dredg­ing and scoop­ing are sud­denly “min­ers” who can’t stand “gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tion.” Pre­dictable. Let us dis­turb all this life and beauty to get out a few ounces of gold, to maybe make a few thou­sand bucks? It’s a bad trade, and I sup­port the groups push­ing pro­tec­tion of our wet­lands.

Mike Let­teriello, Long Beach

Gina Fer­azzi Los An­ge­les Times

ROBERT GUARDI­OLA, a mem­ber of Delta Gold Dig­gers, searches for gold on his claim near Moccasin, Calif.

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