The county giveth and the county taketh away
February 4, 2010 · 1:05 PM
So let me get this straight.
Pope and Talbot, a once viable lumber producing company with 7,000 acres of renewable forest land, is forced out of business because of draconian state and county regulations.
Then arrogantly, the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance, along with the county, extends a carrot to this major company, which might allow them to develop one-seventh of their land — and declares it magnanimous.
With the loss of thousands of forest jobs and products via a backdoor form of extortion, Pope and Talbot is finally regulated into submission.
How pathetic is it that a major company would then be forced into a partnership so that it can utilize a lousy 1,000 acres of its own property with the relinquishment of 6,000 acres to the county?
This is the same county government that spelled the death of the White Horse Golf Course and 159 undeveloped lots.
Only in Kitsap County are trails more important than property rights and jobs.
Hang on as they start the process to steal your shoreline property.
Landowners, this is what you can expect from a Democrat-controlled, tax-and-spend state and county government.
Times are changing.
Pope and Talbot should hang onto its property.