Are we wishing jobs away at same time we complain?

Three cheers to Isabelle Eytinge for speaking out in her recent letter, (“Time for Mukilteo to end court challenges over Paine Field,” The Herald, Aug. 2). She voiced what I have long felt.

Citizens of the area have long challenged and whined about industry noises, odor and the economy. They go hand in hand. Did you know there are only a handful of dairy farms left in Snohomish County? How many jobs are gone with that industry?

Have you noticed Everett Mall stores are closed along with how any jobs? Downtown Everett struggles, too. Scott Paper/Kimberly Clark and maybe 15 other mills from the early days are gone. Along with how many jobs?

We don’t want coal trains passing through our area. How many jobs will that eliminate? Trains that blow a warning whistle as they pass the waterfront and other intersections, gone. How many jobs would go away?

I wasn’t aware of all the noise that ferries create, but if eliminated how many jobs could go away?

We need these sights, sounds and aromas to remain strong and viable. Let us learn to appreciate what a marvelous place we live in with all it has to offer and work to build it up for the greater good.

Because what will you have to say when Everett and other communities die?

Rita Scott


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