A debate was held held in Moscow on Thursday on the University of Idaho campus. It was billed as the Great Corridor Development Debate and was sponsored by the University of Idaho Economics Club.Couldn't have put it better myself.
The two debators were residents of Latah County. The debate went on despite the fact that a representative from Whitman County did not take part.
Moscow wants a say in what happens across the border in Washington and, particularly, in Whitman County. It is afraid of losing business and businesses to the newly opened land there and has already tried to impede, if not stop, Whitman County corridor development.
Moscow's effort to control corridor devcelopment is couched in terms of trying to save the environment and trying to avoid avoid unsightly sprawl. The underlying reasons are economics, however.
This is the same Moscow which has created a mess within its own city limits and finally ended its relentless, haphazard growth in a fit of remorse. This is the same Moscow which was threatened with $2.6 million in fines for dumping sewage into Paradise Creek and ended up paying less by admitting its fault.
Whitman County can be smarter and still be a good neighbor.
Moscow should try to be both, too.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
"Moscow continues meddling in county"
Gordon Forgey nails it again in today's Whitman County Gazette: