Stop development before it's too late
Farm vote was only the latest example of bad decision-making
The news of City Hall giving the ax to the farm on Grant Road is extremely disappointing and upsetting to me. I am still in shock.
I mean forget zoning laws and all that — open space is open space and we must protect it, if not for the good of ourselves, then for the good of our community, our children, and this planet.
How many laws must be conjured up before we realize the harm we are inflicting? How much wilderness and open space must be destroyed before it is too late?
It's ironic that, in the name of "progress," man kills and destroys. Man builds houses; man destroys other animals' homes. Man constructs shopping malls and golf courses; man gives local wildlife nowhere else to go. And when that wildlife attempts to return to their home, acres of land now developed and invaded by humans, man murders them.
The decision to develop the entire farm on Grant Road is beyond devastating, not so much because many of my childhood memories revolve around times spent there, but mostly because historical, agricultural and biological significance has taken a backseat to man-made laws that in this case undermine common sense.
The farm on Grant Road has survived changes in traffic all these years; why must those who oppose its preservation use the zoning laws as their main argument? I mean, in this case, why not develop Coyote Valley right now? Bulldoze Hidden Villa; get rid of every acre of preserved open space in and surrounding this Valley. What is the limit here?
As a whole, humans are not a ruthless species; none of you are bad people, nor by constructing houses, malls and golf courses do you intend to do any harm. It is just that our world has become so brainwashed and fed such garbage by huge corporations and others.
Somewhere along the way, we have gotten the idea that human beings are morally superior to everything else.
It is finally time for us to sit back and look at what is happening; to take notice of what is being destroyed for the so-called "betterment of mankind." It is time for us to look at how our tax-dollars are being spent, how many of our own government's anti-environmental dealings are being kept out of the news, and how many of our own actions are destroying "our" home, not to mention the homes of other species. It is time for us to finally wake up.
Daniel Mart lives on Awalt Drive.