The Herald has printed some excellent letters recently concerning environmental over-regulation problems, and I want to add to their items. I’ve lived on this 50-acre dairy farm for 64 years. It has the Stillaguamish River on one side and the Hatt Slough on the other. We are selling our property to two of our sons.
In all the time we’ve lived here, we have not hurt the salmon in any way. The setbacks that are being instituted are unnecessary and unfair; they are really an unconstitutional land grab. The salmon problem is mostly an excuse – the salmon are back.
John Koster is also against setbacks. He knows farming, having been one before becoming a legislator. He’s an excellent person – I know him and his folks, and we need him to work for all of us, using his common sense in Congress. It’s noteworthy that most of his financial support has come from citizens of congressional District 2.
John’s opponent, on the other hand, has received most of his support from outside the district, which causes one to wonder for whom he will work. As chair of the Snohomish County Council, he has secretly put in a 150-foot setback requirement – with no hearing. In our case, that would subtract about half of our acreage, but we would still have to pay taxes on the place. Friends who have tried to do business with the county have found it next to impossible to get answers.
The whole mess has come because of too many years with Democrats in charge, having been taken over by extreme environmentalists, even socialists. Vote for the many Republican candidates, trustworthy and honorable folks, and help to take our country back. It’s vital!
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