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Feedback: WEAN sells the farm

Thank you very much, WEAN. You have just set in motion the final urbanization of what is left of beautiful Whidbey Island! And it was all in the name of “protecting” a few streams, most of which are not even real streams at all, just seasonal ditches made to handle rain runoff.

Because of your lock-jawed “conservation” effort, the already precarious situation of the few remaining farms is all but lost. You have just taken away, without compensation, a portion of many of those farms and therefore a portion of their livelihood. That will undoubtedly force many, perhaps all, of them toward selling out their land to developers on which to build more houses, to build more roads, to bring in more people, to raise property taxes higher, to drive out lower income people, to sell their land to build bigger and more expensive houses, ad infinitum. Talk about unintended consequences!

And if you think those seasonal ditches will be protected then, you must be smoking pot. Even the remaining forests will eventually go too. Whidbey Island will then rival Long Island not only in land area, but in number of houses. Congratulations, WEAN, on your wonderful success! You just trashed Whidbey Island!

If you wanted to protect actual streams, why didn’t you just talk to the land owners and work directly with them to do that. It might have required learning some personal negotiations skills on your part, but it could have saved the streams in question and actually done some good without setting in motion events beyond your ability to control. Can’t you see beyond the end of you nose, or do you just not care about other people and their lives? 

Anita W. Johnston

Oak Harbor

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