Vote to preserve island’s environment | Letter to the editor

To the editor:

I have lived on the island for more than 38 years and have attended numerous council meetings over that period of time.

Two former council persons that I much admired for their consistent environmental stance while on the council are Kristen Hytopoulos and Michael Pollock. Both these candidates have always been receptive to environmental issues when they were on the council. Both are also well–versed on many island issues.

The island is rapidly changing from the beautiful idyllic island it once used to be as development continues at a rampant pace. The council is now facing an important decision on the Suzuki property. Do we develop this property with numerous homes with a concomitant loss of birdlife, wildlife and old growth trees, or do we preserve this unique piece of property for future generations to enjoy? I know these two candidates are the right ones to carefully weigh all the factors involved before making a decision on the Suzuki property.

It would be mindful to remember the Native American saying, “Only when the last tree has been cut down; Only when the last river has been poisoned; Only when the last fish has been caught; Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.” Is this what we want or do we want an island that develops with all citizens in mind?

Please vote for Kristen Hytopoulos and Michael Pollock and help preserve our environment.

OLAF RIBEIRO

Bainbridge Island

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