Growth is not all importantLucky for Ms. Baldwin, Moscow will certainly get a "smaller-scale economy" if it continues on its present course.
In a question and answer session at the Water Summit in Moscow on Oct. 3, Les Wigen, a Whitman County commissioner, said that no water rights mean no growth for Whitman County.
I would like to refer him and others who might think similarly to the work of Bill McKibben. The following is from the current issue of The Sun magazine. “The real struggle is to get past the notion of growth as our reason for being, which has dominated our culture since World War II. It’s the organizing principle for government policy and most other institutions in our society, including higher eduction. This is not a tenable model anymore. when you consider global warming, peak oil, and the diverging fortunes of rich and poor nations, it gets harder and harder to maintain this fervent, Alan Greenspan belief that if we continue to increase the size of the system, all will be well. We know now that in terms of human rights, environmental damage, and almost any measure you can name, the endless-growth model has turned out to be a lousy idea. It’s remarkably unclear what will replace it. I think the most appealing model — and the one that people are increasingly beginning to converge on, whether they know it or not — is more-durable, smaller-scale, localized economies.”
Perhaps, just perhaps, the people of Whitman and Latah counties are expressing this in their opposition to Naylor Farms, Wal-Marts, Washington’s Initiative-933 and Idaho’s Proposition 2.
Tina Baldwin, Viola
Friday, October 20, 2006
Ever Wonder What's Wrong With Moscow?
Then read this letter to the editor in today's Moscow-Pullman Daily News: