Northwest Voices | Letters to the Editor
Olerud wins board backing, trees will be cut
Triumph of celebrity over common sense
The Clyde Hill decision to allow John Olerud to force a neighbor to cut down a beloved old pine tree that had been there for years before Olerud built his house is mind-boggling [“Olerud wins board backing to cut trees blocking view,” page one, Nov. 9].
View-preservation laws are designed to prohibit a resident from creating a new obstruction to an existing view, not to provide a mechanism for altering the property of a pre-existing resident to suit the whims of a wealthy new neighbor.
This decision represents the ultimate triumph of celebrity over common sense and simple justice. It should be appealed and reversed.
— Richard Berk, Seattle
Remove the ordinance
Losing your view can be as easy as your neighbor or a developer increasing the size of their building. This loss can happen in less than a year and it's perfectly legal. While none of us like it, we all buy view property knowing that this could happen.
But it seems that trees that may take hundreds of years to grow fully are subject to a different set of laws.The Oleruds succeeded in becoming $255,000 richer and the rest of us lost a little more of nature's beauty. It's time to remove this ordinance.
— Jeffrey W. Waymack, Seattle