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June 6, 2014 at 6:57 AM

PSE power lines: Preserve Eastside’s beauty in an equitable way

Twelve years ago, my family and I moved to Bellevue from Texas. My father, a lifelong New Yorker, helped us move. After taking some debris to a Kirkland transfer station, Dad remarked, “This place is great. Even the dump is green.”

My father better understands what makes the Eastside attractive than long-term area resident and Puget Sound Energy spokesman Andy Wappler [“Price powers Eastside debate on PSE lines going underground,” Local News, June 2]. According to Wappler, the beefed-up transmission lines would “increase electric capacity for a rapidly growing area. … We’re not just providing service to multimillion-dollar homes in Bellevue.”

Wappler’s comments are unnecessarily inflammatory. If this is indeed an essential project to serve a growing community, PSE and local governments must pursue equitable ways to divide the costs among all users, even if portions on public or private land go underground. This will preserve the Eastside’s natural environment — something my father recognized as special on his very first visit.

Jill Sulzberg, Bellevue

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