Opinion

Mother, daughter write about Fall City

My name is Melynda Davis. I would like to express my

thoughts about Fall City's growth. I have lived in Snoqualmie my whole life, and

have had no problems with Fall City. As a matter of fact, I go to school at

Chief Kanim. I like Fall City just the way it is. If people want K-mart then why

did they move to Fall City in the first place? Some people want to live

closer to work, where they transit from Fall City to Bellevue or Seattle. Then

they should move to those places where you see house for sale signs all

the time. Don't bring it out here.

My reasons are I like going to school without hitting congested

traffic. When I cross the street, I enjoy being able to take my time and

not worry about getting turned into road pizza. I can already see the

diminishing night light and the stars being blocked out from the new homes

on surrounding hillsides. I enjoy my evening astronomy of stars from

my back yard, but the night sky grows dimmer every time someone

builds another group of houses.

I love looking out my window to find wildlife. I feel sorry for

those people who live in housing clusters and their main wildlife sounds is

that of the neighbor snoring two feet from their own window.

My yard is not big, but I can play with my sisters a game of

baseball without asking ten of my neighbors if we could use their lawns to make

the infield. I don't need a public park, as my own yard has room enough for

a half field of soccer. This home clustering thing just don't give

children enough room to breathe and I can't live without breathing. Can anyone

else? Of course on the grown up side. There are eight houses on my street and

we never have congested traffic at the main intersection. This is because

we are not cluster housing which causes traffic jams as thirty cars come out

at once onto the main drag, forcing the need for an electric stop light to

control the heavy traffic that cluster housing is supposed to do away

with. Makes no sense to me. If I have a jug that holds a gallon of milk and I

only put a quart in it and it spills over, the mess is not as bad as if I had a

full gallon of milk. In due respect my neighborhood is probably that

gallon of milk and just a quart full. I like it that way. It is less messy.

I live in flood way and my home is flooded up to the laundry room.

If people keep thinking they can control mother nature and the forces of

the rivers and down streams then my new bedroom is going to be under

water one of these days and I will cry. I have lost enough from flooding and

there is no place for me to move because the cluster housing gives me no

where to go and be happy.

All I can ask is for those in control of today, tell me. What will you

leave for me tomorrow? I am only eleven years and eleven months old and

my greatest fear, next to boys, is will I have to go to a museum when I am

twenty to remember what grass feels like when I squish it between my toes

or inhale the smell of summer pine or savor the juicy fruit of an apple

that isn't hybrid or scientifically grown? Where will we imprison mother

nature and all this world naturally has to offer? For there is where you will

find me, resting in peace beneath the shade of willow's arm and listening to

the river's song.

MELYNDA ANN DAVIS

With help from mom,

Charlotte Davis

Snoqualmie

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