During the early part of World War II, when I was about 12 years old, I happened to be visiting my cousins who lived east of El Centro on Highway 80, when to our surprise Gen. George S. Patton Jr. rolled by with three armored division bound for training along the eastern part of Imperial and Riverside counties.
Patton and his troops were going there to train for desert warfare in preparation to fight in North Africa. Many soldiers gave their lives to preserve our God-given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
If Patton had run into this radical bunch then, the EPA-FDA-BLM-the Lower Colorado River Quality Control and the ACLU, he would have been put in jail for training in our desert and perhaps we would be speaking German now instead of English.
Kenneth Holmes, a veteran, stared death in the face many times flying dive bombers in the long Pacific campaign, and now cannot go and enjoy certain areas of the desert and other parts of our country that he and many other veterans fought for. Some didn't come back. One example — the 48,000 acres in the eastern part of our Valley desert, the BLM recently placed off-limits, using the endangered species excuse. How many more acres will the government put off-limits to the public?