It would ruin veterans’ retreat

Mount Pilchuck beckoned Bill and me in the summer of 1977. We bought property in the beautiful and serene Robe Valley, which is surrounded by the mountains.

Through the years I have raised a large family and experienced fond memories of my deceased husband. His suicide, due to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from Vietnam, devastated me. Mount Pilchuck gave me strength and continues to give me strength.

The gentle richness of this natural setting has helped heal my spirit. I have decided to dedicate a large portion of my land to the “Healing Hearts In Hope” Veterans Retreat Center. The center’s council has begun the process. The proposed motocross track, a short distance from me, would devastate the natural setting I have treasured for 30 years.

Our veterans need and deserve a setting of beauty and quiet to heal the emotional wounds that war brings.

The motocross track proposal is not conducive to our wildlife, woods, air, and people as a whole. It would destroy the quiet setting for our healing center. Many political supporters are behind “Healing Hearts In Hope.” A few of these people are John Lee (executive director of Washington State Veterans Affairs), Mike Gregoire, our first Gentleman, and Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon.

I am asking the citizens of this area to contact our Snohomish County Council member, John Koster, and let him know that you are against the proposed motocross track which would be too close to the “Healing Hearts In Hope” Veterans Retreat Center.

Each one of us can make a positive difference in our world. Reach out and save the serenity of our beautiful Mount Pilchuck.

Teresa “Flying Eagle” Baird

Granite Falls

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