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Mailbag: Value people over temporary riches

Mailbag: Value people over temporary riches

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To The Corvallis City Council and the property owner of Mary’s Annexation:

“Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees.” — Revelation 7:3

“The earth does not belong to us, we belong to the earth.” — Chief Seattle

“They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.”  — Joni Mitchell

“If all the insects were to disappear from the earth, within 50 years all life on earth would end. If all human beings disappeared from the earth, within 50 years all forms of life would flourish.” — Jonas Salk

“Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can’t eat money.” — Cree proverb

“And again I say unto you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” — Matthew 19:24

“Build up, not out.” — Unknown

The Corvallis city council seems hell bent on contributing to the end of all life on earth: Allowing the bulldozing, paving over, and building upon undeveloped land. Instead they should pass a law that development can only occur on already developed land, and save the species so needed for continued life on earth.

“Owners” of undeveloped land should consider valuing their immortal souls over the immense, but temporary, riches that development sometimes brings.

Mark Weiss



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