First Delaware North came for Yosemite; is the state of Delaware next?

To the editor: Like many other lovers of California history and Yosemite National Park, I am aghast at the news that the outgoing operator of Yosemite's hotels and restaurants is trying to take the names of some of the park's most iconic spots with it. ("Name changes for Ahwahnee Hotel and other Yosemite attractions draw outrage," Jan. 15)

Concession operator Delaware North's attempt to extort the National Park Service — and taxpayers — for $50 million to allow the Ahwahnee Hotel to remain the Ahwahnee, and not be renamed the Majestic Yosemite Hotel, is shameful. It should be embarrassed and withdraw its demand at once.


Furthermore, I'm concerned for the state of Delaware. It might be a good time for state attorneys there to pore over any agreements they might have with Delaware North. Heaven forbid that that company's next extortionary gambit would be to strip Delaware of its name.

What's next, forcing Delaware to rename itself Historic Small Northeast State?

Patrick Conyers, Pasadena


To the editor: I have checked the Delaware North website, which indicates that the company also operates several concessions locally, including dining at Descanso Gardens, the Norton Simon Museum and the Los Angeles Music Center.

I have printed the list and informed them I will be boycotting those facilities and any others that end up in my path, and that I will urge others to do the same.

I don't care if Delaware North's move is "legal." To me, it amounts to theft from the public, and I hope that company must soon change its name because it is associated with corporate greed and disregard of the public good.

Leslie Rasmussen, Pasadena 

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