Councilman Darrel Dickson was right to look into financial dealings | Letters

The letter on March from Mary Ballard, M.D., states that council member (Darrel) Dickson stepped out of his boundaries and that he had no business investigating anything without the permission of the mayor, the city council and the other council members. That is wrong.

The letter on March from Mary Ballard, M.D., states that council member (Darrel) Dickson stepped out of  his boundaries and that he had no business investigating anything without the permission of the mayor, the city council and the other council members. That is wrong.

Since Dickson did not claim to be representing the council, he as an individual member had every right to do as he did. Dr. Ballard is not entitled to set such boundaries for council member Dickson, or for me, or for any other person except perhaps for her underage children, if she has any. The mayor and city attorney have apologized, as they should have, for asserting that Dickson misrepresented himself or behaved improperly.

Dr. Ballard seems not to have learned very much from her exposure to Chicago politics. I’m now in my 80s and I long ago lost count of the many scandals perpetuated by that city’s leaders. If ever a place needed to be open to constant scrutiny and investigation, it is Chicago.

Years ago, in another area, I was a United Way board member. We members spent long hours apportioning the yearly take among the various charities and every year the annual report said that everything was fine. The executive director of one of those charities complained to me that they had not received the right amount and he asked me to look into it. I did and, without the permission which I did not need, I discovered the executive director of our United Way was sharing out the money as he wished rather than as the board directed. The largest shares were going to the director’s two favorite charities and all the others were being shortchanged. It had been going on for years. We members put an end to it and to the executive’s career.

Later, as a housing authority commissioner in another county, we discovered that public records had been improperly withheld. It takes watchfulness and investigation to nip abuses in the bud.

Council members or board members who take the trouble to dig out the facts are doing their jobs much better than those who don’t bother to look  The letter writer’s analogy with the ship and its captain is a poor one. On a ship the captain’s word is law thought it is a poor captain who doesn’t recognize some limitations. A mayor’s word is not law and, to her credit, our mayor realized that and apologized for her initial inappropriate reaction.

That government can and must be open to scrutiny, criticism and investigation is the very bedrock of our representative republican government. Our founding fathers instituted our Bill of Rights for this very purpose. A government which is not open to scrutiny and investigation is not just in danger of dictatorship but is already on the way to becoming one.

I’m pleased to see that our local government is alive and well and functioning as it should. I hope that our council members continue to question and investigate as it is both their right and their duty.

Margaret Faust

Enumclaw

More in Letters to the Editor

Anthem protests about equality, not disrespect

For all who write negative comments about the football players who took a knee and posted that “this is not the America we grew up in,” let me share a few of the personal events from my life growing up in Tacoma Washington as a white woman.

Former fan finished with disrespectful NFL players

I lived off the grid for 15 years and the one thing I missed the most was watching pro football.

Children of illegal immigrants should stay

You are not “making America great again.” You are just making it more intolerant to diversity.

More information needed on proposed recycling site

We want to bring awareness to your readers about a 34 acre wood recycling center that is in the permitting process with King County.

Congratulations, Jan Molinaro

In every election, one person must win and the other will lose. Now more than ever, it is important to show our children how to be gracious in victory and humble in defeat.

Enumclaw mayor deserves a thanks for a job well done

I have always been proud to say I live in Enumclaw.

Clarification on Expo Center funding vote

As a citizen that values our local paper and likes to stay informed about the upcoming elections, I have enjoyed reading the Courier Herald debate for the Enumclaw Mayoreal election.

Molinaro an excellent candidate for Mayor

Following my two interviews with candidate Malinaro, I feel that we are fortunate to have a candidate who is well prepared to provide the leadership we need for a growing community.

The definition of insanity

It is totally clear that the incumbent mayor lacks any ability to bring people together and get things done. She is a failure as mayor, making Black Diamond a laughing stock with her out of control behavior and outbursts at Council meetings.

Baxley and Young should have showed up at public forum

On Tuesday, October 17th, was the Black Diamond Maple Valley Chamber of Commerce Candidates Forum, where the Black Diamond candidates for Mayor and two City Council positions had the opportunity to talk with the citizens of Black Diamond, and to answer questions put to them by these citizens.

Enumclaw helped raise $3,500 for Special Olympics

The last couple of weekends the St. Barbara Knights of Columbus have been involved with our annual Tootsie Roll Program.

Baxley is an important choice for Black Diamond mayor

Judy Baxley has been part of our local civics for years, and thank goodness because citizen involvement is critical to monitoring big developers.