In response to George Whitemore’s letter (April 16) regarding the rally outside REI: It was an informational rally; it was not to protest the store. People should be aware that the Sierra National Monument project will take most of the Sierra National Forest away from county jurisdiction and place it in the hands of the federal government. This means taking the forest away from the people of California.
Fresno City Council Member Steve Brandau graciously offered to assist by making the announcement to begin the educational talks outside the store. It is unfortunate that the store manager decided to cancel the class inside the store because there too many people on hand who wanted to hear about the planned monument.