Property owners should decide use

In the Monday letter, “Rare wetlands need protection,” Sarah Spear Cooke writes passionately about protecting a wetland, the “Hooven Bog,” from its owner. She faults the state and county and offers her own expert opinion that they should intervene. We think other strategies are in order.

We realize the importance of maintaining wetland habitat. We have property that has beavers, red-wing blackbirds and other species dependent on wetland. We have built two houses and are in the throes of a third. Our country was built by owners of private property. We feel the people that can best decide how property should be used are the property owners, not activists who pay no taxes and are not burdened by excessive land regulations.

We urge Cooke and other interested parties buy the Hooven Bog. Failing this, she should involve the good folks at the Nature Conservancy and broker a deal so it may remain untouched.

Nancy A. Lellelid

and Charles P. Wikman

Granite Falls

More in Opinion

Editorial cartoons for Saturday, Dec. 16

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Editorial: Congress must renew children’s insurance program

Some 9 million children depend on CHIP for health care. Not renewing it would be costly and cruel.

Schwab: Why is party a factor in consequences for bad boys?

In this arena, Democrats are the ones who’ve found a conscience. Republicans take advantage.

Everett optometrist grateful for 49 years of memories

Patients and family, it has been my pleasure to serve our community… Continue reading

Providence Hospice made wife’s final days much easier

I would like to pass our gratitude to all staff working at… Continue reading

Voters’ support of Lake Stevens Fire District levy appreciated

I am writing this letter on behalf of the Commissioners of Lake… Continue reading

Editorial cartoons for Friday, Dec. 15

A sketchy look at the day in politics and popular culture.… Continue reading

Editorial cartoons for Thursday, Dec. 14

A sketchy look at the day in politics and society.… Continue reading

Gerson: To save the GOP, the party will have to lose

The only way to save the Republican Party from Trumpism is to rebuild it on its ruins.

Most Read