Letters to the Editor for April 6, 2017

A reader’s response to “Making Saving Farmland A Priority in County” editorial

I just want to let you know how pleased I was to read this op-ed yesterday.

I agree with so much of what you said, but I definitely would not have used the word “dotted” to describe how the high-end homes that currently dominate Prune Hill are situated. Visually the homes invoke the word “crammed” and other similar words which define crammed such as, congested, chock-full, crowded, jammed, jam-packed, overcrowded, overfilled, packed, packed like sardines, compacted, condensed, close, cramped, elbow-to-elbow, and dense.

Although high density housing in our area is not the main point of your editorial, I think it does reflect the fact that, as you aptly state, it “demonstrate(s) how development has altered the county.”

I would like to know why the Clark County Council did not act upon the recommendations by the Agriculture Preservation Advisory Committee 10 years ago. I hope they are set to consider this again soon.

No one is denying that growth is inevitable, but my stance has always been on the WAY in which it takes place. As your editorial explains, there are many benefits to preserving farmland and making it feasible for those wanting to farm to provide locally sourced food for our area.

These farms could also be perfect learning opportunities for young people or for seniors looking to volunteer. There are so many benefits to preserving local farms.

What does Clark County want to be known for? There is so much natural beauty here that needs to be cherished including “The role that agriculture has played in the heritage of Camas and Washougal” as well as other parts of Clark County.

When it’s gone it’s gone. Think about that.

Madeline Lyne, Camas

Expressing economic concerns to government officials

Some people who predicted the bursting of economic bubbles in the past say we are in for a depression from massive government borrowing and money printing.

They say it is inevitable. However, they say that if we end the massive borrowing and printing sooner rather than later, then we can institute reforms to get us out quicker. Otherwise, they say, it will take us decades to recover.

Just in case they are right, we should all write the President and Congress about this.

Alex Sokolow, Santa Monica, California