Opinion

Bring back Cedar County

For those of you who have lived in the Snoqualmie Valley for a good part of 10 years or so, some years back you will remember that petitions were introduced for the purpose of seceding from King County and creating our own county - Cedar County - so we wouldn't be "dictated to" about what we could and couldn't do in rural King County.

The new county was to encompass Issaquah and the Upper and Lower Snoqualmie Valley clear to Enumclaw, where the county seat would be located. I'm reaching way back into my memory bank here, so bear with me if I am not 100-percent correct about the details.

Signatures were gathered for approximately six years and then taken to Olympia to be certified. Of course, the intent to become our own county was denied as "unconstitutional!" Huh? I thought that you could secede with enough valid signatures, but guess I was wrong!

A lot of local people worked long and hard to try and make this happen. The rural areas of King County were becoming more desirable when people figured out that it wasn't that far of a drive on I-90 to the Eastside and there was really no traffic to speak of then. Then, of course, the tax base grew, so why would King County want to lose all of these potential money-making areas? Well, there probably wasn't enough money to fight the state and county, so the idea of Cedar County slowly faded. Sad.

King County has gotten too big for its britches and has no right to tell anyone what to do with their property. With the looming CAO, don't you think that it's time to revisit the idea of bringing back Cedar County? I do! You can count on my vote!

If there is anyone out there who was involved in the process of seceding from King County, please write an editorial about how the idea of seceding evolved and what the process is to start it back up if the interest is there. Thank you.

Vickie Woods

North Bend

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