After reading the first comprehensive article about the City of Ruston v. Point Ruston developers, I wrote a letter pointing out some of the facts of the matter which ought to concern all our citizens (TNT, 2-5)
The Feb. 11 article ("Lawmakers add pressure in Ruston") startled and upset me. Why should the state Legislature be brought in to settle what is essentially a local government dispute about issuing permits to a big money developer which is pushing the process?
The most obvious answer (to me) is that someone with a lot of clout (read, Point Ruston developers) is pushing to exert undue influence on a municipality which is only asking them to follow the rules and keep the populace safe. Even the Environmental Protection Agency is showing concern.
I just have to question what the developers told the legislator who was quoted in the article, state Rep Jake Fey, D-Tacoma. And did Fey conduct any due diligence before agreeing to creating the title-only bill mentioned in the article?
Let's be careful before we belittle a town which is attempting to follow the law and keep an eye on a developers who obviously are used to getting their own way.