Letters to the Editor

Stand up, be counted

In April 1970 I was among a group of Penn State grad students and faculty who staged the first Earth Day celebration in State College.

I retired here in large part because of the beautiful vistas, lack of traffic congestion, clean air and pristine water — all now threatened by the Toll Brothers’ plan to build a huge, luxury student housing complex at the intersection of Blue Course Drive and Whitehall Road in Ferguson Township.

Last December, area homeowners and farmers in conjunction with the Nittany Valley Water Coalition brought suit to delay construction of this massive development. But Toll Brothers has engaged two Philadelphia law firms to join their suit and the case will go to court next month.

All of us who value our quality of life in the State College area must stand up and be counted by fighting this threat to our environment and our valuable resource of clean water. Come to the Bellefonte Courthouse Annex at 9:30 a.m. on July 13 and show your support.

It is worth noting that our area values the clarity and purity of our renowned trout fishing streams (see current Town & Gown magazine). We must also preserve the water we drink and prevent pollution from student housing congestion.

Carolyn Gilpin Anderson, State College

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