Phyllis Bookbinder's recent letter to the editor merits serious reflection and high praise. Her thoughtful reasoning touches on some basic issues here in the Bitterroot Valley. We do need planning in order to achieve orderly development, thus protecting our air, water, scenery and quality of life. These precious, delicate elements enhance the wild beauty of the Bitterroot, attracting thousands to enjoy the valley, adding millions to the economy and bringing new businesses to settle here.
Posing a serious threat to this idyllic picture is the projected doubling of population within 10 years; the haphazard growth and the placement of subdivisions and new construction beside streams and rivers, in wildlife habitat, and in areas that destroy scenic views.
Phyllis refers to the work of current commissioners to forge a sustainable growth policy, and, to their efforts to update and simplify the 33-year-old subdivision regulations. These measures will promote sensible development, protect property values and help to ensure the pristine beauty that we enjoy. One way to ensure this continuing effort is to support the re-election of the three incumbent commissioners. They are commissioners Carlotta Grandstaff, Jim Rokosch and Kathleen Driscoll. They have done good work, achieved notable results, and deserve support to continue their efforts. They represent the moderate, sensible middle ground that is needed in the years ahead.
John Carbin, Stevensville