Save the Meadow

“……we also need places that remind us there is still peace and beauty in a world that seems ever more ugly, damaged and divided”.

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/opinion/6825846-181/thursdays-letters-to-the-editor

Save the meadow

EDITOR: Why is there a sign designating the Beverly Way meadow as an open space preserve if it was ultimately meant to be sold (“Meadow’s potential sale alarming neighbors,” March 18)? I don’t believe the intention was to deceive, but that was the result.

When we moved here, we trusted the preserve sign in front of that lovely meadow. We trusted that it was meant to be preserved for the citizens of Santa Rosa, and the flora and fauna that reside there, now and in the future. We don’t live right next to it, but it’s a part of why we love this neighborhood.

Yes, we need more housing in Santa Rosa, and that’s what we’ll get when the hospital grounds are developed. But we also need places that remind us there is still peace and beauty in a world that seems ever more ugly, damaged and divided.

Is there really only value in a place if you can sell it? Why not preserve the meadow as the neighborhood’s backyard — a place to inspire Santa Rosa’s children to learn about the natural world and, perhaps, to become the future scientists who can solve the environmental problems that we’re leaving to them as our legacy?

C. MILLER

Santa Rosa

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