County must adjust to coming realities

The cost of new development can be traced back to the loss of regional access to trees to build homes, to new fees and to the number of permits required.

Hiring more deputies and cutting taxes can be accomplished by getting rid of the dead wood the county hires and contracts with. How much did the county spend on the growth management act panel to push through a package that only certain groups of people wanted?

Regarding highway improvements: my daughter and I drove from exit 10 north on I-405 to the Woodinville exit. I counted seven vehicles that had two or more people in them. This was at 5:30 p.m. and we were in the HOV lane. Let’s bring the jobs closer to home.

The statement “quality of life” is meant to mean that’s the way you want it. I’ve got some real bad news for people – in the next 10 to 15 years, this place is going to start to look just like the Bay Area and Chicago. You can’t stop it.

What I would like to see is: 1. Fixed salaries for elected officials – no cost-of-living allowances. 2. 20 feet or more distance between tract homes. 3. Permanent county jails in Smokey Point, Monroe and Lynnwood. 4. Heavy manufacturing smelters and all-steel shipbuilding, equipment, etc. 5. Limits on how high commercial buildings can be.

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