Opinion

Objective criticism, not emotion, is more valuable

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The recent formal comments meeting held at Mount Si High with regards to Cadman's proposed Grouse Ridge Gravel operation seems to be indicative of a common point of view lately. I wouldn't call


it "NIMBYism," but rather subjective furor with little objective criticism included.


Listening to the tapes, it was very apparent that there were many


concerned residents fuming over the proposal. The speakers had a tough


time holding back their obvious emotion, and I would have to admit, it would


be tough for me to hold back, as well. But I hate to say it, not one development


of any kind has been stopped in King County on subjective emotion alone.


To steer a project this size requires something I always hated, lots of homework.


In reading through the DEIS, which by the way, is one of the most


confusing documents of this type I have ever read, there are several key areas


that come to mind and require further study by concerned citizens and members


of the Cascade Gateway foundation. Look at the number of wells that may


be impacted, look at the amount of increased groundwater runoff, look at


impacts to flow levels on the South and Middle Forks of the Snoqualmie


River. (Flood concerns can raise a whole army of concerned citizens). Would


potential slope instability make the Alternative 4 option less intrusive? All of


these kinds of questions will go a lot farther than the heated comments about


home prices, the aquifer or truck traffic.


I, too, have concerns about the project, and you can bet, as I muddle


my way through the DEIS, many more questions will appear in this


newspapers Editorial section. I urge you all to do the same so that a project of this


magnitude can be altered to make it more acceptable to a larger group of residents.


Jim McKiernan

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