Letter to Editor: It isn’t progress if we can’t afford it
Your story today wraps the YES campaign’s rollout in feel-good Valentine tones. But, no matter how many dollars are spent on the coming media blitz, the truth remains that there is no civic duty to agree with everything city hall prescribes. Every feel-good folly always has a big price sticker attached. It isn’t progress if we can’t afford it.
Almost everyone we know has pride in our town – its neighborhoods, its schools, its parks, its community events and the families who make this their home. This has always been a great place to live. That’s why we stayed.
The suggestion has been planted that if you take pride in your community then you must support with your votes and your tax dollars whatever our city council proposes. That includes re-zoning entire neighborhoods for the “greater good” or spending whatever amount council deems necessary on downtown revitalization or an expensive new Civic Campus.
Reasonable people can and do disagree on what is affordable and fair in each of these regards. That does not diminish their pride quotient or in any way imply they do not love living in Mountlake Terrace.