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Letter: County official clarifies comments

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

I am writing with regard to your March 13 article titled “Planners to consider zoning for areas of recurrent flooding.” There are several statements attributed to me which are erroneous and I would like to set the record straight. First, I said that I grew up in Alexandria, near the District of Columbia and that, just like New York and Boston, it is built on drained or filled wetlands.

I further stated that the federal government is spending or will spend billions of dollars, if not trillions, to construct levees, floodgates, etc., to protect these wealthy areas which benefitted from developing their wetlands—yet, in the same breath, deny places like Mathews equal treatment, denying our requests in the name of protecting those precious few wetlands that we have remaining or demanding outrageous sums for mitigation.

A popular cause in Washington these days is “environmental justice.” My question is what could be more just than eq...

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