Arguments against just don’t add up

I’ve listened to the arguments of opponents of the Wild Sky Wilderness and I strongly believe that many of their points carry very little, if any, weight.

One argument states that wilderness areas are only for the athletically elite and discriminate against families with children and those with limited physical ability. That carries very little weight with me when I consider my youngest daughter, age 10, who only seven years ago had major heart surgery; will sometime in September have hiked 100 miles this year, and most of that in wilderness areas. That includes the Glacier Peak Wilderness, Henry M. Jackson Wilderness, the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and the Goat Rocks Wilderness.

As far as physical ability, I’ve suffered two stress fractures in my left ankle, torn ligaments in my right knee, a hernia, and a bulging disc in my back, but I don’t let it stop me from getting out.

As far as roads and bridges in the proposed wilderness that supposedly should keep it out of the wilderness designation, many of our wilderness areas have man-made structures, (lookouts, trails and bridges). So explain to me why overgrown logging roads and bridges should keep the area from becoming a wilderness area.

Don Stobbe

Gold Bar

Talk to us

More in Opinion

toon
Editorial cartoons for Saturday, April 17

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

This Aug. 23, 2020 photo shows a long line of unsold 2020 models charge outside a Tesla dealership in Littleton, Colo.  The European Union is lacking sufficient charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, according to the bloc's external auditor. In a report published Tuesday, April 13, 2021, the European Court of Auditors said users are gaining more harmonized access to charging networks but the EU is still “a long way from reaching its Green Deal target of 1 million charging points by 2025." (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Editorial: Bills’ merger makes clean-driving future possible

Combining two bills will aid the sales of electric vehicles and ensure ample charging stations.

Schwab: Funny thing about investments; they cost money

Regardless of what you call it, we’ve put off maintenance and upgrades; and the bill has come due.

After winning the regionals which sent them to the Little League Softball World Series, the Marysville All-Stars celebrate. (Courtesy Marysville All-Stars)
Comment: Canceling kids’ sports is doing more harm than good

Suspending youth sports has taken a mental and physical toll; and the games aren’t spreading covid.

Comment: GOP will regret its breakup with big business

Its threats against the MLB over Georgia’s elections law aren’t worth the loss of baseball’s fans.

May helped with relocation of Darrington Food Bank

When our all volunteer food bank needed to suddenly relocate last month,… Continue reading

Comment: Build Mukilteo’s NOAA research center to fit budget

A decision to scrap a new station because its bids were over-budget calls for a change in plans.

FILE - In this undated photo, provided by NY Governor's Press Office on Saturday March 27, 2021, is the new "Excelsior Pass" app, a digital pass that people can download to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. Vaccine passports being developed to verify COVID-19 immunization status and allow inoculated people to more freely travel, shop and dine have become the latest flash point in America’s perpetual political wars, with Republicans portraying them as a heavy-handed intrusion into personal freedom and private health choices. (NY Governor's Press Office via AP, File)
Editorial: Vaccine passports can nudge more toward immunity

Used to persuade rather than exclude, the passports could increase access to businesses and venues.

Eric Brossard displays his commemorative Drug Court graduation coin that reads, "I came with hope, worked and learned. I have a new life. A life that I've earned." (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Editorial: Court ruling requires focus on addiction treatment

A court decision allows for a more effective and affordable solution to substance use disorder.

Most Read