Opinion: Concerned with Andy Wirth’s comments about Attorney General | SierraSun.com

Opinion: Concerned with Andy Wirth’s comments about Attorney General

In the Oct. 25 Sierra Sun article — “Squaw Development: Little progress made on Attorney General’s concerns” — Squaw Valley Ski Holdings CEO Andy Wirth was quoted as saying: “Everybody should be concerned that an Attorney General allows itself to be manipulated by a small local group at the last minute.”

Frankly, I am more concerned by Mr. Wirth’s allegation. Questioning the integrity and impartiality of the office of the Attorney General is not only in bad taste, but also shows a fundamental misunderstanding of the role the Attorney General plays in California.

The mission of the Attorney General is to both “enforce and apply all of our laws fairly and impartially,” and “safeguard California’s human, natural and financial resources for this and future generations.”

To suggest that the office of the Attorney General is beholden to special interest groups, that it “allows itself to be manipulated,” shows a lack of respect for a legal entity that has been providing oversight in the state for over 160 years.

While Mr. Wirth may disagree with the concerns voiced by the Attorney General regarding the Squaw EIR, it is deeply inappropriate to insinuate that those concerns were a result of lobbying. In a year of bitter national politics, I continue to hope that our local debates will be productive and respectful.

Until then, if Mr. Wirth wants to go low, I can only hope the Attorney General will go high.

Katy Hover-Smoot

Alpine Meadows

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