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July 05, 2005

Rural Majority: A Voice of Reason in Rural King County

Rural Majority is a new organization formed by rural King County residents dedicated to protecting and preserving the quality of life in the less-developed parts of King County.  Right now, they're collecting signatures on a petition they plan to take to the King County Council this fall, asking the Council to:

  • Improve King County's communications with rural residents and property owners by creating a Rural Advisory Council
  • Provide better tax incentives for land protection
  • Establish a Small Land Owners Assistance Program to provide permit assistance to landowners working on development issues
  • Protect rural character and quality of life by preventing any further urban style development in the rural area, and by protecting the rural area from irresponsible development.

If you're concerned about the right-wing's "rural rage" campaign designed to promote the agendas of big developers, then this is your chance to let your voice be heard.  This is a grassroots campaign, so please help them spread the word!

Posted by Jon Stahl on July 5, 2005 at 09:50 PM in Policy | Permalink

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Dear Evergreen Politics: (A radical Environmentalist's Blog)

Your statement shown below on your website regarding the RURAL MAJORITY is of course a lie and you know it. Just more propaganda to incite your radical environmentalists friends and naive city folk to jump on King County's socialist bandwagon. You "progressive" guys never change. Lie, Lie, Lie. That's all you know.

The following statement is from your website:

"If you're concerned about the right-wing's "rural rage" campaign designed to promote the agendas of big developers, then this is your chance to let your voice be heard."

What a crock. Our rural groups are made up of small rural landowners who are angry as Hell at you liberal Democrat, socialist and radical environmentalists. We are not made up of BIG DEVELOPERS like you have fabricated for your targeted audience of mind-numbed idiots.

Why don't you start telling the truth for a change. You will find it works better and you might even get a better night's sleep.


Ron Ewart

Posted by: Ron Ewart | Jul 11, 2005 7:40:02 AM

Ron,

Sticks and stones, my friend. (I'll thank you to be a bit more civil next time you post, though -- if you want to call me names, go get your own blog.)

Developers and timber interests -- and their cut-out "think tanks" such as PERC funded the Measure 37 campaign in Oregon, and they're behind the anti-CAO/ "rural rage" campaign here in King County.

Those are the facts, uncomfortable though they may be.


Posted by: Jon Stahl | Jul 11, 2005 11:23:45 PM

Actually, developers get a pretty good deal already with King County. Just look into the details of negotiations with Port Blakely ($8 million for the Ames Lake Tree Farm development rights on the eve of the CAO) and Weyerhauser (Redmond Ridge). I'm a Democrat and I agree that Ron's rhetoric can be out there a bit, but I was there and this started as a grass roots campaign and that most of the folks on the ground are rural property owners who have lost with the CAO.

That being said measure 37 in Washingtong State is a terrible idea.

Posted by: Arie | Jul 26, 2005 1:15:20 PM

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