Stonecipher is doing her job

Regarding the Friday letter, “Water-dependent industry only”: I attended the Planning Commission hearings and agree with the preferred alternative for the Kimberly-Clark property. But the letter writer depicts the intentions of Brenda Stonecipher with falsehoods. Many people wanted the plan to include public access and light industry, with and without water dependent use. It wasn’t just her idea. And the figures she used were researched, not just assumed. Those figures were discussed at length in the planning Commission hearings.

Any decision is based on how we hope the future might look. I would like an industrial park where green energy products are made, adding to our local tax base and supplying livable wage jobs. Include sculptured parks with breathtaking views. Let’s add a trolley shuttle to a cobblestoned, traffic-free downtown, with unique shops that draw visitors to dine and shop.

But not knowing the future, I feel we have to keep a deep water port available as an option. But I’ll tell you this; shipping doesn’t offer the highest number of jobs, Alternative three does. If we are to have an economically healthy future we need to discuss many options, including clean energy industries. Disagree if you want, but let’s not hammer City Council members for doing what we elected them to do. Councilmember Stonecipher is asking the questions and doing her job. I think we should be appreciative and pleasantly surprised by that.

Mike Lapointe

Everett

More in Opinion

Editorial cartoons for Monday, Jan. 22

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

Editorial: Don’t break the link between tests and graduation

Ending the testing requirement for a high school diploma would be a disservice to all students.

Saunders: With shutdown Democrats make error GOP made in 2013

In demanding DACA be included in a budget deal, Democrats show an inability to compromise.

Burke: This is not a false alarm; we are under attack daily

And the attacks — by tweet or edict — are launched from the Oval Office (or Mar-A-Lago).

Parker: Loyalty, not experience, is what matters for Trump

How did we get a drug policy official who is 24 and knows more about chia seeds than opioids?

Flights from Paine Field will trash air, property values

On behalf of the vast majority of the 20,000-plus citizens of Mukilteo,… Continue reading

Yes vote for Everett school bond invests in future careers

As a health care professional, I have seen first-hand, the growth and… Continue reading

Editorial cartoons for Sunday, Jan. 21

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

Viewpoints: Living with a force of nature we can’t control

California’s landslides — and Oso before it — show the need to map hazards and get out of the way.

Most Read