Northwest NEWS

June 28, 1999

Editorial

There is a time and place for everything

   A reader, in his letter to the editor on June 14, expressed his dislike for the rules governing access to the watershed for his pet, and the use of the watershed by equestrians.

   It needs to be emphasized that few parks in King County allow horse access, while most of the parks allow pet access. As more people move into horse country and choose to establish an urban lifestyle, acceptance of equestrian pursuits diminishes.

   The problem lies not with horse owners, but with the development of horse-excluding suburbia in what was once rural America. As the available areas for equestrian pursuits contract, overuse of available resources results. We didn't always need horse parks, but with the cross-fencing of the power and pipe lines, the closure of timberland, and the paving of everything, horse-friendly areas had to be created to accommodate those whose lives revolves around horses.

   We live in an area where many different lifestyles vie for the use of limited open spaces. Which is better, a horse park, a golf course, an RV park, or a city park? In a rational system, we need to realize that no single use may dominate. There is a time and place for everything, and we all need to appreciate the necessity of accommodating all land uses, not just the ones we favor.

   When you protest against the land use that existed before the arrival of the development you live in, you unwittingly contribute to the death of the rural lifestyle, diminishing us all.

Roberts Brown, Duvall