Milville decision based on what’s best for community
In response to the Letter to the Editor titled “Citizens speak out about change, but voices aren’t heard” (Gateway, May 20): Our perceptions are our realities. The letter is just another example of people hearing and believing only what they want to hear and believe. Of course City Council heard what you had to say regarding Level 2 and 3 restaurants in Waterfront Millville. In fact, they listened intently and with great concern for the welfare of only a hand full of residents living in the “affected” area.
When you were children your parents listened to your wishes and in some cases demands, but did they always decide in your favor? Most likely not! Did that make them bad people; less empathetic or understanding of your wishes? Most likely not! By saying no to you, did they love, like or respect you less? I am sure they did not! They probably listened intently then made the best decision for you which you didn’t want to hear. They probably considered the big picture, not simply your myopic view of the issue.
Council decided the issue of WM restaurants based on what was best for Gig Harbor. I cannot imagine making such demands in my neighborhood.
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That said, it isn’t always about you or me. It is about what is best for — not just the growth of our community — but our community’s sustainability. If you Millville residents are not careful, your neighbor’s home may become a rental or a tear down when they pass. The future of Millville and all of Gig Harbor is in the hands of a younger generation demanding walkable-convenient goods and services.