Those ideas aren't wacky

  Dear HCN,

As one of the founders of King County Property Rights Alliance (King County surrounds Seattle), I take exception to Ken Toole's essay on the Far Right and its wacky ideas (HCN, 12/8/97). I endorse the bulk of those "wacky" ideas, even though I haven't been to church, fundamentalist or otherwise, for a good 50 years; the word or notion of Jews has yet to come up at any of our discussions; one of our board members belongs to the NRA but the rest hardly know one end of a gun from the other; and none of us were bumped on the head.

We are anti-government for good reasons. King County prides itself on being a national environmental leader and never met a private-property preservation idea it didn't love. We landowners have not only seen our highly taxed land downzoned from urban to rural, but we've seen the government lock up 65 percent of our now-rural sites as recorded open space tracts from which we can't even clear the brush for pasture or crops. Just about all of western Washington is deemed wetlands, and in unincorporated King County where the 65 percent lockup is missing, we have streams and wetlands protections mandating dryland buffers that are bigger than the protected areas themselves.

It's not that we can't make an obscene profit from the land that we've "bought" many times over, via our annual real estate taxes which keep accelerating upward; it's that we can't use our own land for traditional rural uses. Even worse, the county has back-to-pre-European nature restoration requirements that can be triggered by applying for any kind of a permit required from King County. (It even costs $367.50 for a permit to cut a hazardous tree in many county areas.)

As to the United Nations and global governance, etc., until recently I thought it was imagination. But having read official documents for myself, it's not imagination.

Maxine Keesling

Woodinville, Washington

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