Are pesticides needed? | Letter

Ms. Mayor,

We are residents of Holmes Point for several years now and like last year, now we are seeing that the city of Kirkland is planning to spray pesticides along our roads. Given the enlightened nature of our local government with preserving our forests, we are disturbed that we are in this day and age, adding more chemicals to areas near the lake. Which with rain, washes into our lake. Not to mention, it moves across our properties, where we have our dogs, cats, children playing, not to mention the deer, rabbits (and yes a bobcat and I think a couple of coyotes). Might we also point out the hawks and eagles who hunt our rabbits and mice.

Did we ask the folks of Holmes Point their view on this? We do not recall any such inquiry from the city. We think if you were to ask, the majority of Holmes Point would tell you, they would rather have the weeds, than the spray. So, how do we decide such policies and is there a real, rational reason that weeds along the road require city resources and we add to the chemical load on our land and waters? I would be glad to come down, during an open forum and have a dialog about this. Glad to round up our neighbors and bring them down as well.

What our request is to postpone the spraying until community input can be heard.

Will White and Satchi Royers

Kirkland

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