Northwest NEWS

April 2, 2001

Editorial

Children deserve to see the amazing spawning cycle

In response to "landowner and developers are not the problem," some landowners do educate themselves while others simply choose to live their lives with a selfish attitude. For instance, someone, within six months of moving into his house, posted signs that read "save human babies not fish," cut many of few remaining second growth conifers, is intentionally clearing native habitat on "critical" portion of salmon creek and then states that since he pays the taxes he can do whatever he pleases with it. It is my opinion that this is a very selfish attitude. If he is so concerned with saving children he should be equally concerned with the quality of water, air and all species that live in a natural environment.
   At some point the county, state or federal government will force us to pay for restoration of these waterways. It will be very expensive and not as nature created over the past 15,000 years. It is not uncommon for these people to rape and destroy the natural environment then move on. Those who choose to stay are left with the destruction and loss of natural world. There are no "written" laws to prevent this from happening. No, the problem is not always land owners or developers, but ignorance and greed will be a burden on future generations. This man belongs in a high rise condo so he can look out over the sterile man-made environment he wants to see.
   Snohomish County does not have a clearing ordinance to protect the creek from this man's chainsaw. He is knowingly destroying habitat of threatened species but self-righteously claims to save human babies. Will these same children forgive him for playing a hand in the elimination of salmon that they may never have the chance to witness the amazing cycle of spawning?
   Martin Boulanger, Woodinville