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I was dismayed and shocked to read Danny Westneat’s column about the City of Kent selling a public park to a developer [“Park’s sale betrays contract with voters,” Local News, Jan. 27].

No wonder people choose not to vote because they think their vote makes no difference. This decision made by a governing body without public input absolutely confirms that. Pine Tree Park may not be popular because of its remote location and lack of parking spaces, but that does not mean it has no value and can be sold off to be gone forever.

Don’t we have it backward? If parks are being neglected because of lack of funds, shouldn’t we be looking for creative ways to maintain them so that voter-approved open spaces can remain for future generations?

Lynne Marachario, Lynnwood

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