Re: Joe Howry’s March 13 essay, “The government is yours”:
In Joe Howry’s discussion of government’s growing pattern of secrecy, he discussed the idea “that the collective wisdom of the majority is far superior to the secret knowledge held by the elite.”
In examining the enviromental impact report for the proposed Cabrillo Port liquefied natural gas facility off the Oxnard coast, I found that the report insists on secrecy. They say the results of the independent risk assessment report contain sensitive security information so it cannot be made available to the general public, but they have been, and will be made available for review by federal, state and local agency, staffs and elected officials.
LNG supertankers would be coming two or three times a week into our Santa Barbara Channel between the coast and the Channel Islands, a place that has been cited in the past as a potential place for a ship accident. With the greatest danger to possibly 70,000 people in Oxnard, the people in Oxnard are entitled to such a report.
Such a project should not be proposed for an area so close to a large population and in the midst of our very valuable Ventura County Naval Station at Point Mugu and Port Hueneme.
— Jane M. Tolmach, Oxnard