Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Stop greed, spare Quigley

This is in regards to the proposed development of Quigley Canyon and specifically the critical wildlife habitat above the pond and Deadman's Gulch. My letter is about the insidious disease called greed that we are all wrapped up in.

This proposed development appears as a very short-term solution to the economic woes of a select few. Isn't it time to wake up and see that it's greed that has caused the world economic meltdown in the first place? This is a morality issue. We have only one world and it's time to get serious about protecting it. It's time to shift our focus away from profit, and to the people, the environment and our animals that are rapidly disappearing.

This economic crisis is almost biblical in its magnitude and in its message. It's beckoning for us to wake up. Or are we so preoccupied with ourselves that we refuse to see where greed has led us? Can we take care of what we have left here? Can we find solutions with what we already have instead of adding to the problem?

Some individuals at the last Hailey City Council meeting said if we don't develop Quigley now, it will be developed eventually. Council members discussed making the residential lots larger to lessen the impact to the wildlife (which won't work). Are those convenient excuses to avoid looking at the greed? Does greed really serve us or does it just service the self?

We are facing a critical time in history. It's time to replace the greed with integrity. Someone, somewhere has to start. Perhaps we can start in this town, our home.

Mary Roberson


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