Gravel pit is about profits
October 3, 2008 · Updated 1:14 AM
I would like to reply to the recent letters about the
"Gravel pit isn't the problem." Like the writer [Dec. 14], my wife and
I have lived in the Valley for 12 years, but I commute, and I
don't share his view of Weyerhaeuser.
Since I have lived in the Valley, I have had the privilege
to get to know a few of the people who work for the
Weyerhaeuser Co. These people are fine, hard-working people. These people
are the loggers and equipment operators. If you take into
consideration that these jobs are some of the most dangerous jobs in this state, if
not the country, most of the employees still love what they do.
Every time these people are turning around, this so-called
pillar of our community has threatened to outsource their jobs to
a gypo. Never mind that the Weyerhaeuser loggers have
fewer accidents, or they might show a little more pride in the way
they do their job. The bottom line is money the same
reason Weyerhaeuser and Cadman are reluctant to use Exit 38.
The profit increases the fewer the miles the trucks have to travel. Ask
yourself if this is better for the community, or the companies?
In the letter that appeared Dec. 14, the writer stated that he
noticed the signs as he drove though the area. It doesn't sound like
this person is aware of what these companies would like to do.
I suggest that you educate yourself. Cadman has copies of the
DEIS (draft environmental impact statement) available for you to
read. Then again, don't believe everything you read. If you really
knew anything about the area, you would realize that the DEIS
has so many holes in it, it looks like a block of Swiss cheese.
My family lives directly to the north of the proposed lower
site and is one of the closest homes to that site. We stand to lose a lot
if the site goes in. Oh, I'm not just talking about money. Many
other things tend to affect me besides money try safety, health,
drinking water, air quality and peace of mind. All these things kind of
go hand in hand. What are these worth to you?
Check this out: look at the last four letters of the
name Weyerhaeuser. That says it all.