Preservation is necessary

I would like to respond to the editorial in The Herald on Nov. 22, “County’s farmers are force for protecting environment.”

In my opinion the county and the state planning officials should go back to the 1950s and correct what they let happen to the Kent Valley, Puyallup Valley and the Skagit Valley. And now it’s happening to the Snohomish River Valley just west of Monroe. They chased the farmers off the prime agriculture land and let the big developers come in and spread blacktop all over the land, having big trucks and tractors running on it after they have sold the good topsoil off. And now the water that runs off these places is much worse than any farmer could create by fertilizing his land, which he has been doing for the last 150 years or so while plowing close to a stream.

These planning people better let the poor old farmer alone. Let the farmer work the land that is left to grow food for the billions who are going to inhabit this country. In the future, population will double and then double again. It’s like if you give me a penny a day to work for you and you double it each day – at the end of 30 days you will owe me over $6 million.

Our population is growing that fast, like India and China. Think about it before you decide to waste any more good land like Island Crossing, where a local car agency wanted to build a big lot.


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