Last week saw a rare occasion in which all current members of the Sultan City Council spoke as one voice regarding the ongoing debate over the Wild Sky Wilderness proposal. That voice stated in no uncertain terms the City Council’s collective opposition to Wild Sky. It was, in my humble opinion, one of the council’s finer moments in recent memory.
I have served on the Sultan City Council for more than three years. In that time I have witnessed and participated in numerous contentious debates, deliberations and repetitive, mind-numbing blathering.
The council meeting of March 23 was one of the too-rare examples when petty differences were put aside for unified agreement on what is best for the present and future citizens of Sultan. The Wild Sky initiative is bad legislation, an abomination of the original intent of the Wilderness Act of 1964. It is simply a more recent example of a continuing history of governmental land grabs in the name of protective preservation at the expense of unhindered public access to public lands. The merits for its potential passage are unproven, its intent clearly grounded in the belief of some that the people’s land is best left to only a select few. It is environmental elitism riding within a Trojan Horse of political activist sycophantism.
The Sultan City Council spoke clearly and unanimously in its opposition to Wild Sky. I wish to commend and thank its members, my colleagues, for their willingness to do so.
City Council Member