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Letter: Idiocracy in the midvalley

The proposed conversion of the midvalley Tree Farm project to a 400-unit development is both tragic and ironic. In the movie “Idiocracy,” a guy appears in the future and everybody has become just outright stupid. This development could be a scene from that movie.

We have an absentee governing body (Eagle) that stands to gain additional proper tax revenue but will suffer none of the downside. They don’t live here. We have a developer that knows they can offer “environmental mitigation” and folks will fail to notice that any development is the very root cause of environmental destruction. We have a business community that, as always, can’t wait to increase their profits while at the same time passing on the all the associated expenses to the taxpayers.

We happen to be living in an economic sweet spot. We have had a recovery since the 2008 crash. The current outlook is good for development. Interest rates are still low. Financing is available. Confidence is high. It is time to cash out.

On the other hand, the problems that caused the last crash were not fixed. The U.S. economy has the same problem of not enough jobs. Many of the jobs we have don’t pay enough to live on. There is a trillion dollars in debt on student loans that may never get paid off. The kids can’t get work that pays enough. There is not enough tax money to rebuild the national infrastructure because the high income people and the big corporations are only paying a fraction of what they used to. Consequently, many financial observers are now saying that 2016 will bring us another major crash.

I haven’t even mentioned the onset of climate change and the imminent decline of the ski industry. Climate change is caused by carbon dioxide. The trees that currently grow on the Tree Farm are helping us with that problem. One smart thing to do would be to grow as many trees as possible on that land. Another smart thing would be to actually farm that land and produce something we can eat. We could even add to the organic production a solar farm to help reduce our fossil-fuel use.

Sticking to the current use of the “farm” would be a smart thing to do. But what did Einstein mean when he said that insanity was “to keep doing the same thing and expecting a different result”? Was he talking about development?

Patrick Hunter


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