I appreciated reading Mr. Sutton’s (Guest commentary, May 12) article. And he made some valid points. However, while herons are not endangered, he fails to grasp that what they symbolize. This community respects its heritage and the fact that we have created a place for wildlife to return to safely on a yearly basis is no small thing. We own some property outside city limits and our herons return every spring. The traffic on our main road stops to let mama ducks walk their babies over to the water. Every single day, we respect nature. So should every member of the City Council and every developer who wants to build here.
Positive growth is managed by specialists in that field. It is not managed by amateurs on a City Council or developers of any kind. What some of us are upset about is the utter lack of regard for building communities that fit in with what is already here. I am aware that this is an unpleasant time in our city. But I am also aware that the Council brought it upon itself with its need to build, build, build — and with little oversight as to either the quality or the integrity to the legacy of this community. Its disdain for voters has been quite evident until this election year. Worthy of some changes in elected offices.
Visiting friends asked me how a community this size has a distillery and multiple brew pubs. My response was to advise them to attend a City Council meeting and that would explain why there is such a market for various “spirits” here.
Margot LeRoy, Gig Harbor
More than words
I wholeheartedly support the very wise words written by Jack Sutton (Guest commentary, May 12). Regarding “Baseless accusations do nothing,” I felt finally someone has put into words all my concerns about the crazy, negative comments we read every week!
This gives me hope that perhaps I have not moved into a community full of crazies who want nothing to change! Ever. I, too, am grateful for our Downtown Waterfront Association and all the people who do their best to grow our community wisely! Thank you!
Lonna Calas, Gig Harbor
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