Letter: County needs innovation, not dirty industries
Thank you to the Columbia County Spotlight for your opinion piece regarding proposed economic development of the agricultural land at Port Westward ("Barring new thinking on economic development, new faces to be norm in local government," Dec. 15).
You really nailed it. Yes, we need the Alex Tardifs, the Paulette Lichtowichs and those supporters who find it so obvious that the idea of another attempt at industrialization in prime farmland at Port Westward is flawed. That it will not be a boon for the county. That the few jobs any industry would create would go mainly to workers in Longview, Washington. That it will destroy the mint farm and the organic blueberry farm that depend upon an unpolluted environment. That it is not the right thing to do for Columbia County.
Some people cannot think outside the box — Columbia County Commissioner Henry Heimuller, Commissioner Margaret Magruder, all Port of St. Helens commissioners with the exception of Lichatowich, and greedy industrialists who want nothing more than to locate businesses that will pollute, that will create increased rail traffic, and that will add to the stress put on the Columbia River.
Is anyone researching agricultural businesses for Port Westward? I doubt it.
If industry gets its way, we must vote these decision-makers out of office. The last thing we need are more sheep in wolves' clothing. We need honesty, innovation and a desire to make Columbia County more than a dumping ground for businesses that no other county wants.