Letters to the Editor

Penn State missing its chance

Thousands of Centre Region community members cherish the hope of protecting our watershed and ironically beautiful farmland land at Whitehall Road from development. I am both disappointed and embarrassed by Penn State’s PR blunders and lukewarm response to Toll Brothers’ generous offer to “do the land swap,” and build at College Avenue and Blue Course.

Penn State bureaucrats provide no apologies for their 20th-century paradigm of thoughtless sprawl. Citizens want to navigate our PSU community toward a 21st-century paradigm preserving residents’ environmental rights.

This paradigm, articulated in Article 1, Section 27 of our state constitution, has gained legal teeth: “The people of Pennsylvania have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and aesthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come.”

PSU considers the Whitehall sale a simple commercial transaction. Wrong thinking. The sale violates citizens’ constitutional rights. We will continue to push PSU toward honoring citizen rights, toward implementing its approved sustainability and sustainable entrepreneurship goals.

PSU proposes conducting a task force to study the sale. Few minutes remain in the fourth quarter for this proposed land swap. A task force is a delay-tactic forcing Toll Brothers to finalize the Whitehall sale or forfeit its cash down.

A land-swap benefits everyone by preserving clean water, farmland, beautiful vistas, neighborhoods and walkability. PSU: please recognize that a win-win land-swap is the obvious solution to a big mistake.

Dorothy Blair, Boalsburg

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