Northwest NEWS

April 17, 2000

Editorial

'Compromise' is not a curse word

   Concerning the current chainsaw tree massacre and the 35-year-old sneaky gravel pit affair, we have been astounded by all the hubbub over the selfishness of neighbors.

   We have noticed that the people involved in this discussion appear to end up in one of three groups:

   We have lived in the area of Woodinville for over 30 years. Though we would have preferred seeing the area stay as it was then, with farms in the valley and all the hills covered in trees, it did change.

   But for us older residents, we felt it was appropriate to welcome new neighbors. We didn't try to dictate to them the type of house to build, how many trees could be cut, or whether they could put in a gravel pit (the AM/PM by the White Horse and the Reintree area by Safeway were both gravel pits, by the way).

   We put our faith in our neighbors and in the laws to protect our area according to the standards of the law and of common sensibilities. And if we objected, we didn't blame our neighbor, but worked to change the laws to reflect what we thought would be better for us all.

   We believed in the Golden Rule--not in gold--referring to this new avaricious breed who buy so they can hold the property just long enough for the property values to increase to the point where they can trade up. And God help anyone who may negatively impact that goal.

   Maybe if we all could just remember not to judge our neighbor, but work with them by letting them know of concerns, we would get mutual agreement on how to best meet all needs. And "compromise" is not a curse word. If all else fails, why not get your concerned citizens' group together and make a fair offer for their property and life's investment?

   Of course, then you may be faced with another group forming to tell you what you can do with it.

Chris & Willie Adams, Woodinville