Gravel pit positives
There has been quite a lot written about the proposed gravel pit in Methow and most has been negative. What about the positives? Upper valley, Carlton, Twisp, Winthrop, Mazama – do you like and appreciate the good roads we have? Do you want to continue having good roads for years and years to come, or do you want our roads to deteriorate and maybe not be repaired for years or maybe not at all?
The problem is that the two county pits in the upper valley are depleted and a new pit is required or the county will have to buy gravel from a private source and truck it in from a much longer distance, increasing the costs drastically. Who’s going to pay for this? Us taxpayers, that’s who. Our property taxes will have to increase or we can say goodbye to our good roads.
A few people in Methow say they will be inconvenienced by having a gravel pit 400 feet above the valley floor, too many trucks on the road, too much noise, too much dust, and it might be seen by a few homes (eight or nine) across the valley about a mile away. My response to these complaints is, all trucks, not just dump trucks, go through Methow and most of the dump trucks will be north and not through town; it’s a pit, so most of the noise will be absorbed by the ground; any dust will be mitigated by watering the road; and like I said, eight or nine houses, a mile or so away, will not be able to see the pit unless they have very good binoculars or a telescope. There are not trees, no nests, no animal dens, nothing to be disturbed except thistle.
Don’t let a few ruin what’s best for all. Please call or write or email Dan Beardslee, Okanogan County Hearing Examiner, at the courthouse or better yet come to the meeting on Thursday (Dec. 5) at 10 a.m. in the commissioners’ hearing room and express your feelings. A new gravel pit is much needed here in the valley and the property above Methow is the perfect place.
Barbara Taylor, Winthrop
Our local school district is “testing” a new sex ed program: Comprehensive Sex Education or CSE. The program is called Get Real and is a product of Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts. The program is a nightmare of progressive group-think, and is indoctrination, not education.
As our district’s math scores continue to fall the CSE program extends into younger and younger grades. CSE looms large in the educational year of a sixth grader (45 minutes a week for nine weeks) and continues in every grade thereafter. CSE assumes an outsized part of every Methow Valley student’s education, and a graduate wouldn’t be wrong in confusedly thinking CSE was the most important life skill to grasp.
Parents or interested tax payers can examine the Get Real lesson plans at Superintendent Venable’s office. It is important to read the back section of the teachers’ guide to find insight into the goals of the project.
The American College of Pediatricians notes that a successful sex ed program has its foundation in abstinence.
Marcie Jateff, Winthrop
In the Nov. 27 issue of the newspaper, Solveig Torvik wrote a wonderful opinion column about the many, many reasons we have to be thankful for living here in our valley. But she left out one good reason – namely that she lives here as well, and writes for our newspaper.
Thank you so very much, Solveig.
Kurt Snover, Winthrop