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The editorial board of the LA Times absolutely flayed Rep. Duncan Hunter in its criticism of his plan to create a hunting reserve for disabled veterans on Santa Rosa Island, a part of Channel Islands National Park.

Published Saturday, the editorial blasts Hunter for proposing the legislation without first bothering to set foot on the island.

Recently, a disabled veterans group voiced its opposition to Hunter’s proposal after visiting Santa Rosa and finding the island inaccessible for people in wheelchairs.

For more about Hunter’s plan and the group’s concerns click here.

“Recognizing this idea as daft didn’t require a personal visit, though that might have been nice,” wrote the editors, before crediting California’s Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbra Boxer for blocking Hunter’s move in the Senate and “providing some adult supervision.”

But the LA Times doesn’t stop there:

You’d think that a local legislator would be more serious about stewardship of California’s precious natural resources. But Hunter’s record is filled with head-scratching antics.

He was the ringleader behind the xenophobic quashing of the Dubai Ports World purchase of a container-operating company. He once cited the prison menu at Guantanamo Bay as proof that inmates weren’t being mistreated. He thinks parents should be able to sue distributors of entertainment products that he says could be harmful to 17-year-olds.

I won’t steal the LA Times’ thunder by printing the last, and funniest, line of the editorial, but trust me, this one is worth a read.

DANIEL STRUMPF

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