I'd like to correct some of the misinformation in the letter sent to the Madera County Board of Supervisors from the Ahwahnee Community Council board that was published in the Sept. 27 Sierra Star.
Not only is most of what was presented in the letter factually incorrect, it also does not reflect the present views of the parties mentioned. It's my assumption that the signatories to this letter have been misinformed or not followed the Park Service actions in recent years and possibly not bothered to read the current Yosemite plans.
The past three superintendents of Yosemite National Park have all agreed that the 1980 suggestion to reduce the number of vehicles in the park is not valid and is no longer even mentioned in current plans.
YARTS appears to be successful and is popular in all the other counties where it operates. Ask Mariposa businesses, where they laugh at Madera County every day for not participating.
The proposed Fresno Council of Governments bus from Fresno to Yosemite is not YARTS but is a Fresno County supported means of transportation to Yosemite from Fresno Yosemite Airport, Fresno Amtrak and some additional as yet undetermined Fresno locations.
The question for those of us in Madera County to answer is 'should the bus stop here, let people spend money with local businesses or should we wave as it goes by?
As for government subsidies, that's a topic to discuss with your congressmen and senators. All forms of transportation are subsidized by the federal government. If you don't agree with the concept, then you should stop driving, taking trains, planes or ships.
Dave Wolin, chairman, Eastern Madera County Economic Development Committee