Letters to the Editor

Letters from Dec. 15, 2007

PSRC meeting

A micro-manage plan

I’d like to invite everyone to a very important meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the Kitsap County Commissioners Chambers, Administration Building, 619 Division St., Port Orchard.

This will be an opportunity for the people of Kitsap County to learn how a regional government (Puget Sound Regional Council – PSRC) is planning to micro-manage our lives with their plan “Vision 2040.”

According to PSRC, “Vision 2040” is about the region’s future. This 100-page “Vision” lays out policies that will improve our region’s quality of life, and will balance “…individual rights with the larger needs and values of society.”

They’re taking care of it all — transportation, economic development, land use, environmental justice and social equity. Even global warming hasn’t been overlooked. We’ll have fewer automobiles, “greener” homes, “efficient” landscaping — all the better to reduce greenhouse gasses.

PSRC is worried about our well being. They plan to “Develop the relationship between land use and health” exploring ways to improve our physical, social and mental health. Their plan is to get us packed into the cities and get us out of our cars so we’ll be healthier and happier. According to PSRC, obesity, depression and premature death are all connected to “the ways we travel.” They know what is best for us and they are taking steps to solve all of our problems whether we like it or not. Vision 2040 is the epitome of social engineering.

PSRC staff tells us they are not a regulatory agency and it is not mandatory for local jurisdictions to adopt their policies. But they won’t tell you, unless you ask, that PSRC has a magic wand that turns their policies into laws and regulations. Grant money! PSRC controls millions of dollars of grant money. Jurisdictions that don’t adopt PSRC’s policies as regulations will risk losing grant money.

PSRC is a regional government based in Seattle covering four counties; Snohomish, King, Pierce and Kitsap. Kitsap County has 3 percent of the vote in the PSRC hierarchy. King County has 52 percent.

Who do you want making the laws we here in Kitsap County must live by; the people you vote into office or a regional government out of Seattle in which Kitsap County has 3 percent influence? You need to be at this meeting!

VIVIAN HENDERSON

Kitsap Alliance of Property Owners

Executive director

Port Orchard

Help shape the future

We encourage everyone to help shape the future of Kitsap County by attending a public hearing hosted by the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) this Tuesday, Dec. 18, 6–8 p.m. at the Kitsap County Administration Building, 619 Division St., Port Orchard.

The PSRC will be taking public testimony on VISION 2040, an important strategy document that will have long-term implications for our citizens, the region and Kitsap County’s overall land use policies, transportation systems, economic development and environmental planning.

We requested a hearing in Kitsap County and we thank the PSRC for responding to our request. It is vital for our citizens to have an equal opportunity to have their voices heard in person. The VISION 2040 document could become policy by spring 2008.

We hope you will attend the hearing and share your ideas, concerns and vision for the future of Kitsap County. Your input will ultimately help make VISION 2040 truly reflective of our entire region.

You can learn more about the VISION 2040 draft document by visiting the Web site at www.psrc.org or contacting the PSRC at (206) 464-5815.

JOSH BROWN

JAN ANGEL

STEVE BAUER

Kitsap County Board of Commissioners

Presidential race

What’s religion have to do with it?

The Constitution disallows the merging of church and state. Then why are president-contenders wasting time, energy and money crowing about their religious convictions? Their religion, or lack of it, has nothing to do with being president.

ROBERT BALCOMB

Silverdale

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