American Scene: The Rattlesnakes of Pinole

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Apart from the physical danger they present, the snakes have caused a sense of civic humiliation. Like most suburban communities, Pinole hopes to grow, and Mayor Donald E. Tormey fears that the snakes are driving away new residents. No one speaks for the snakes, who owned Pinole in the first place, and may simply be having their vengeance upon the bulldozer.

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