Is there a double standard?

I find it unsatisfactory that the city of Everett is persecuting a citizen for doing less to the environment than the city is (“Order halts wetlands project: Owner cleared Lowell site in two days but didn’t have a permit,” news story, Sept. 24). It was OK for the city to place 2 feet of fill on a wetland which covered quite a few acres so that they can develop it for business and industry.

Several years ago, I wanted to purchase a piece of acreage in the Homeacres area. I wanted to put enough fill on it to build a house above the floodplain. No way! I was told that I couldn’t do that because it would displace water and make any flood deeper on someone else’s property. To make any changes to water flow during floods requires a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers. I wonder if the city of Everett had such a permit?

When is government going to behave properly?


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