Letter: Lots of opposition to Coulter Berry

Dear Editor,

An amusing thing I do these days is reach for my local newspaper as it arrives and read the letters to the editor to see what is being said re: Coulter Berry this week.

I find it fascinating – and not very nice – how the steady stream of letters attacking the non-supporters of this project contains suggestions of misinformation and nasty, personal name-calling accompanied with cries of “poor developer.”

Diane Morrison (whom I do not know and have never met, to the best of my knowledge) and the Fort Langley Residents For Sustainable Development group are not the only “five” who oppose the project as it currently is planned.

Check the files and learn the facts. There are hundreds of people from various other groups or personally on record as opposed to it – and maybe it is time to stop being so polite and silent.

Are we not free to support what we wish?

One woman scares a development company so much that its supporters need to attack her? Really?

What misinformation is being disseminated? Be specific, if you want to make such statements. Calling it misinformation does not make it so. Doing so only creates suspicion in readers’ minds – or is that the desired effect?

Supporters have been called a small group of dilettantes [Anti-Coulter Berry group suspect, Jan. 21 Letters, Langley Advance]. Please let me know what is meant, so I can prepare myself to become one.

As a Langley Township taxpayer and voter, I am interested in what happens in all of Langley. I may not live in Fort Langley, but I care about what our council allows there.

Most Langley taxpayers and voters are not one-issue people. What council allows in one area may affect other areas in the future, and we all care about that.

To respond to the cries of “poor developer,” any smart developer – and Mr. Woodward is much smarter than I am – knows the gamble he takes when he intentionally presents a plan that does not fit current guidelines to council for approval.

A smart developer also knows the risks he takes digging a hole before a building permit is issued.

I believe it is time for our council to say, “We got this one wrong,” and get on with an appropriate design.

Voters can respect people who honestly admit their mistakes.

Grace Muller, Langley

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