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"Kingston story missed the mark I read with interest the article in Saturday's edition (Herald, Jan. 20) about the upcoming meeting regarding the expansion of the Kingston UGA. It was interesting in what it left out. There was no mention of the contentiousness regarding this issue, nor the many ways the county has deceived the people of Kitsap in the past. It was almost Pollyanna-ish in its scope. It failed to mention that the people of Kitsap have spoken time and again against the wholesale, and unthinking expansion, of the north county. There have been many tallies taken and many people have spoken out against unilateral expansion. It failed to mention that the public forums are a requirement of the Growth Management Act but do not require the commissioners to follow the opinion of the majority. They have not in the past and there is no indication they will now. It failed to mention that in the past the commissioners have voted in favor of the developers. Sure, they will throw out tidbits like the land for the Stillwaters group and the Hansville lighthouse, but, those are properties that the developers can't use anyway. It would have been a different story if the big deveopers wanted to develop those pieces. Come on, how about doing some real reporting and stop being the pawn of those guys. If the people are not listened to, then the recent flyer comparing Kingston to Poulsbo will be understated. The north county will become the Silverdale of Jefferson county. MARK BARABASZ Kingston "

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