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April 23, 2014


There's a certain delightful irony in listening to you, living on 5 acres in rural South Salem, rail on against sprawl. Brian, whether you're able to recognize it or not, you ARE sprawl, and I'm afraid you're too blinded by your own hypocrisy to recognize and admit it.

Ben, I live in a duly authorized, legal, paid-for development in rural south Salem that dates from the early 1970s, just before Oregon's pioneering land use laws went into effect.

That was then. This is now.

We're not talking about pre-land use laws sprawl. We're talking about 2014, when the harsh reality of global warming has become apparent, and the utter non-need for a third bridge across the Willamette is obvious.

The current bridges need to be seismically retrofitted. The approaches need to be improved. Better public transportation options between West Salem and downtown are needed.

There's no hypocrisy here. Many environmental advocates live on small acreages. Our property provides many benefits. We've planted many trees, hundreds probably. We've left our property natural, providing shelter to coyotes, birds, deer, and other wildlife. I can oppose the third bridge and still enjoy living where we do.

I readily admit that our carbon footprint is greater than it would be if we lived in a city. New York City is the most environmentally green place to live. Someday we may do that.

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