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February 20, 2013 at 4:00 PM

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Lake Burien: public, but private

Allow public access or purchase

Regarding “Lake Burien: The public lake you can’t use,” [page one, Feb. 18], the solutions seem pretty cut and dry. As a state-owned lake, the choices are: either find a way to allow for public access, or make the homeowners buy the lake from the state.

Charge millions of dollars, split among those exclusive homeowners, if they don’t want to share it. If no public access is being allowed, then those homeowners should be “reimbursing” local and state taxpayers. Such a sale would be justly appropriate, for the many years of public state protection the lake has enjoyed.

--Kim Seigel, Bainbridge Island

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