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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

February 13, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Hooven bog: Ask neighbors to preserve the bog

Randy Whalen, whose property near Woodinville borders a rare sphagnum moss bog, is leading an effort to preserve it from a developer’s plan to build five houses on it. “I’m basically mad as hell,’’ Whalen said about the development plan. “They are doing this to our children.” (Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)

The Times’ article about citizens’ issues with developers in Snohomish County came as no surprise to me [“Bog a battlefield for developer, neighbor in Snohomish County,” Local News, Feb. 10]. And to read the article it seemed like bureaucratic bungling of the worst kind.

Then I looked up the place on Google Earth and a different story emerged: a tiny gem of a place surrounded by mansions.

House after house with pools and stables and even a house with its own baseball field. Not so many small houses. Or small lots. Acreage, mostly.

What’s the real story here?

It looks like Randy Whalen, who is leading an effort to preserve the bog, could walk around with a coffee can for donations and get a million dollars just from the neighbors. Then they could continue to enjoy their private park.

Robert Reed, Seattle

 

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