Letters to the editor
April 26, 2008 · Updated 2:15 AM
Leave the pier alone
Another hit from the King County bully. Why does information coming from our representatives seem to aggravate so much?
Please leave the Maury Island Regional Park pier alone. No one has gotten hurt on it. Check out the marine life on it and around it; its thriving. How can this be a high priority project? Save our money.
My dog and I love the pier and the park just the way it is. The county is making decisions to further its agenda without answering obvious questions such as how much money is this contract going to be? Who gets the contract and why? What are we really doing to improve anything?
This is a little Island and a little world. Lets get along.
Misgivings about proposal linger
I have great respect for the opinions of my friends Dan Carlson and Michael Laurie, but I have a hard time reconciling the dual visions by which they seek to allay all misgivings about the K2 development.
Dans column, which by the way fails to answer its own fundamental question, presents us with a project of such scope and magnetism that it must be mitigated by its own public transportation system as well as by bike and horse trails through, Im guessing, dozens of intervening private properties.
Michaels vision, based largely on trust, tells us of an almost serene locale filled mostly with nonprofit businesses and quiet condos, where Im sorry, I just dont believe it the only planned retail outlet is a cafeteria. In the next breath he adds that the developers readily agreed to limit retail business to 20 percent of the total project. In a place the size of a professional sports arena, thats a pretty rich figure. If I wanted to start a shopping center, Id take 20 percent of Qwest Field any day, and who wants to be the only store, or even one of a few stores, in a complex that size?
The part about the condos does make sense, however, since the only way to justify a development this size in a town this small is to recruit lots more people to live here. Say, you dont suppose, do you ...?
A few thoughts about the plan
Thoughts about a gravel mine expansion:
A multi-faceted discussion
Property rights, individual and corporate
Providing a needed building material
High-grade fill for construction projects
A major source of greenhouse gas emissions
Puget Sound in crisis
A viable and diverse near-shore marine environment
An industrial barging facility in the aquatic reserve
A unique madrone forest
Carbon sequestered in trees and vegetation
Future carbon sequestration lost when the trees and vegetation are removed
Carbon released when the wood is burned
Dig a deep hole here to fill holes somewhere else
270,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil stored on site
10,000 gallons of aquifer water used for daily operations
A landfill and wastewater treatment facility
An active seismic area
A sole-source Island aquifer
Mayor Nickels vision of a Green Seattle
Island contractors use sand and gravel
Sand and gravel barged to the other side
What to do when the sand and gravel is gone?
Import needed sand and gravel
Can we afford it?
Keep the mine small and sell the sand and gravel on Island