Donna Forgey Chapin: City’s decision on Wood Colony is appalling

February 1, 2014 

I am appalled with the Modesto City Council’s decision, after such a strong turnout to protest their plans, that Wood Colony was added to the city’s general plan. If an industry wants to come to Modesto, it will do the research and find a way. If and when such a move comes to pass, any company would probably demand a cloverleaf to be built around Highway 99 at that intersection.

Have you ever driven west on Beckwith from the top of the overpass and felt the calm and peace surrounding you? I have. It’s wonderful. Then turn around and head back to the top of the overpass and look at the mall and all the traffic; it is a shock.

The state has plans to widen Highway 132. Why not find land along that? Or go to Beard Industrial District? There must be other options. Modesto does not need to get bigger or industrialized.

To borrow a quote from Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, “To ensure the survival of America’s representative democracy, that ‘government of the people, by the people, for the people,’ shall not perish from the earth.”

I guess the council has never read or heard of that.

DONNA FORGEY CHAPIN

Modesto

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