Surely, I can't be the only one who is starting to wonder why the only people down at city hall in Richland regarding public land development issues who recuse themselves are the ones who have a bias toward public lands. Does that mean those remaining listening to public comments do not have a spouse in the real estate business or a son who installs window to make a living? I would certainly hope anyone benefiting from the development of 300-400 houses, as planned at the Clearwater Creek site adjacent to the Amon Preserve, would also recuse themselves. After all, each speaker takes an oath to speak the truth and I expect the same of our public servants. With the recent planning commission vote of 4-2 in favor of development, I really feel uncomfortable knowing one-third of the commissioners were unable to vote.
-- DORTHEA NARUM, Richland