Definition of shortsighted: 1. lacking foresight 2. nearsighted –online Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

Definition of property right: a legal right or interest in or against specific property –online Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

Therein lies the rub -- there is no such thing as “property rights.” They exist only as a human legal and very artificial construct. Where put in place by either a majority of elected representatives, or a majority of voters on an initiative like Measure C, the majority has chosen to agree on a certain framework for social and professional interactions.

After reading the full text, I believe it is the hope of Measure C’s authors and supporters that property rights should, and will, include property responsibility, aka, land stewardship. It is the intent of Measure C to oppose the short-sightedness of narrow-visioned developers, many are outside millionaires who want to add to their current fortunes at the expense of our grandchildren.

Some of us remember when that B actor who played a California governor and later the president said: “A tree is a tree. How many more do you have to look at?” a comment he made when opposing the expansion of Redwood National Park.

The redwood trees of California through the first quarter of the 21st Century represent only the tiniest fraction of the magnificent 1,000 - 2,000-year-old old growth redwood forests that covered Northern California coast regions. Today, they struggle to survive in a national and several state parks. They are gone, for all practical purposes, forever.

The oaks in question in Napa County don’t live to be 1,000 years old, but depending upon the particular variant of oak, they can live 200 - 300 years, if they are left alone.

If developers, whether of vineyards and wineries, condos or country mansions, or particularly hilly golf courses, clear-cut Napa County and Napa Valley’s remaining oak stands, they will absolutely insure that our children’s children will not have them to enjoy.

Nor their children’s children. Gone is gone.

Richard Bruns


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