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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
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