Letters to the Editor

Piazzon is a man of action

We need wise, seasoned, passionate leaders to address the compelling needs of the 21st century. We are facing a very different world than the one in which our parents were raised. Back then the prevailing notion was one of unlimited resources, and that the land, waters and atmosphere could safely absorb any amount or type of material that we put into it. We now know that human activity is having a devastating impact on the life sustaining capacity of our planet. The impacts are to be seen right here in western Washington as one of the great estuaries of the world deteriorates. The Puget Sound Action Team’s multi-year assessments have been quite sobering. On 15 of 25 measures including water quality, toxics, lowland forest, salmon, and water birds the sound is failing. One of the biggest factors to its demise is non-point pollution.

Gary Piazzon knows that we cannot ignore the realities that confront us. Being in health care, he knows that the longer a wound or disease is neglected the worse it becomes and the more expensive to correct. For years he has promoted protection of the Puget Sound and now wants to see Coupeville adopt low impact development strategies as recommended by the Puget Sound Partnership (and already adopted by the Langley town council). Another exciting, progressive technology that he thinks the town should explore is a form of bio-mimicry. A growing number of communities are employing “constructed wetlands” for sewage management and finding that the discharged water is not only cleaner, but that they are less expensive to operate and maintain! An added bonus is that the wildlife habitat created provides education and entertainment for the community.

I’m sure Gary would tell you, that he doesn’t have all the answers, but he is willing to look outside the box of conventionality to find them. I have worked closely with Gary and found him to be a man of wisdom, insight, compassion, creativity, and action. Coupeville needs Gary’s vision, enthusiasm and willingness to act, as we all try to figure out how to meet the challenges of the 21st century and live as productive, protective members of our blessed, beautiful world. When you get your ballot vote for Gary Piazzon to make a difference.

Sally Slotterback

Coupeville

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