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ELECTION: Kilmer wrongly supports Wild Olympics

Letter by Don W. Wilbur, University Place on Oct. 29, 2012 at 1:05 pm | No Comments »
October 29, 2012 2:31 pm

Re: “Driscoll ad against Kilmer lacks context” (TNT, 10-27).

The Political Smell Test article implies that Bill Driscoll – a candidate in the 6th Congressional District that encompasses the Olympic Peninsula – is dishonest. The paper states: “Driscoll says his Democratic opponent (Derek Kilmer) supports ‘Wild Olympics’,” a forest preservation proposal that contains more than 100,000 acres that adds to hundreds of thousands of acres already preserved on the Olympic Peninsula.

Later, the paper states that Kilmer supported the Wild Olympics concept. Still later, without documentation, the article stated the preservation would contribute to clean water and jobs dependent on clean water.

Undoubtedly Kilmer and The News Tribune writer have not driven around the peninsula to read the proliferation of signs decrying the Wild Olympics proposal. The property owners who have lived on the peninsula for generations desperately need Driscoll to represent them – not a career progressive politician.

My great-grandfather settled on the Olympic Peninsula in 1859, and the family has depended on the forest resources for several generations. In the 1890s, the progressives begin to take the land away from the local citizens by small or big pieces until the citizens dependent on a productive forest are endangered.

The progressives are converting a resources productive region into a pensioner-retiree region.

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