This letter is in response to your front page article on "Affordable Housing Coming to Irvington" published in the September issue.
Our Federal government has a strange idea of protecting the environment. They care so much about a fish called the delta smelt that they have left hundreds of thousands of acres of arable land fallow or scorched in California’s San Joaquin valley. Tens of thousands of farmers and farm workers are jobless or soon to be jobless because tens of billions of gallons of water have been channeled away from them and into the ocean.
But there is something more important to the government than the environment and that’s diversity. At a time when the nation has a housing glut, room has to be found in the small area of Irvington for more housing to be built. Maybe zoning will be overturned, maybe Irvington Woods will be built in. Who knows? The Federal government should consider that people spend a lot of money on property and on taxes to live in an area with some green space, less congestion, fewer high rises, etc. Why not protect the Irvington environment?