This is a copy of a
letter that was sent to Sunset Magazine regarding
its August publication:
It is with great disappointment and a little sadness
that I request you to cancel all my subscriptions to
Your magazine used to
be all about gardening and recipes and good tips for
your readers. You have now decided to go into
politics with your support of the environmentalist
movements trying to create the Siskiyou Crest
Monument, which in your magazine you call the
“Ancient Forest National Park.”
The quote that “very
little acres are private land” is true, and we, the
people who live on these acres, are not hurting the
land. We have lived here 150 years, farmed, logged,
grazed cattle, cut wood to warm our homes, raised
our families – and surprise! The land is still here
and as pristine as our forefathers left it. This is
not wild land, nor is it being harmed by we who live
here. The lightning fires are the only harmful
element and thanks to the Forest Service, they are
fought and put out – with help of the people who
We also plant trees.
This land is the people’s land; it belongs to all of
us, not just to a few special interest groups like
your magazine totes in order to run us, we the
people, off our God-given right to live in this
area. These Siskiyou mountains are our homes. They
have been for generations. And do not think we will
be able to live as we have when this area is
declared a monument!
We will be restricted
in our roads, wood-cutting, water rights, etc., and
this is what you people are wanting: to make a
monument to yourselves and have no regard to us who
live here. These Siskiyous are already a monument,
to ourselves and those who came before us. It does
not need a designation as such. This is the West.
This is our home. We take care of it. Always have.
We are so tired and disgusted with the
environmentalists trying to defeat our way of life.
You have not a clue what it is to live as we do ...
with respect for our land ... you just visit here
and then decide to change it. The sad part is you
have the finances from people who only get one side
of this travesty.
The environmental movement is taking away our
freedom every day and you, the magazine, are helping
the businesses listed by KS Wild: We now know who
you are, too.
Cancel my three