This election cycle, the state Senate, Legislature and gubernatorial election is vital to your pocketbook.
Black Diamond voters created a new City Council majority and ousted (Craig) Goodwin and (Ron) Taylor last year because the voters didn't get what they wanted from them.
Editor's note: the following is in response to a previous letter by J. Buss.
As Benjamin Disraeli or Mark Twain stated, "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics." The following statistics may cause more glazed eyes than doughnuts at the local bakery, but here goes.
Like the author of last week's column, I too am frustrated with the political realm and the choices we face for presidential candidates. Unlike the author, I decided weeks ago to avoid watching the many regional and statewide appearances of the remaining competitors, especially given the hate-filled vitriol that permeates the press and televised proceedings.
I watched as much of the political conventions of both parties that I could stomach. I wish Ted Cruz received the Republican nomination; he is a smart, pro-Constitution candidate that loves this country. But that is politics.
I am a Boy Scout who is working on my Eagle Scout project.
Although I have agreed with Mr. Elfers on several topics, I have to take issue with his stance on discrimination against gays based on religious liberty ("Same Sex Marriage Act before Supreme Court" published July 27).
My name is Dr. Holly Dickson. I have lived and practiced in Enumclaw for over 14 years and I love our little town. Our family has known Phil Fortunato for many years and consider him the best choice for 31st District state representative.
On behalf of the Enumclaw Police Department and all of Enumclaw's public safety, I would like to extend a very sincere "thank you" to the many who responded with cards, treats and flowers as an expression of support following the tragic event experienced in Dallas, Texas.
Richard Elfers' last column maintained the mantras the liberals chant about the terrible rich 1 percent and their ways. Of course his laser focus pinpointed Donald Trump and his supposed inheritance of $100 million to $300 million, a figure disputed by Trump and his siblings. Let's pretend it was $100 million - so what? Is it Elfers' or like thinking people's business what anyone earns, inherits or accumulates? Rather than hate the "arrogant rich" mind your own house and do what it takes to achieve more if that is so important. Also, considering Trump started with a mere supposed $100+ million, had multiple bankruptcies yet turned it into $8-plus billion, he wasn't sitting about complaining.
After an eventful primary presidential election, it appears the presidential candidates have been chosen: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Previously, I expressed reservations about the Planning Commission's proposed gated development section of Enumclaw's Comprehensive Plan (Courier-Herald, May 8). Essentially, my objections were that the enclosed housing tracts would thwart the stated goal of the Comprehensive Plan to enhance connections across the town and that a market-driven approach is not a plan, but the absence of one.
Council member (Pat) Pepper asked "for the floor" to speak at the beginning and after each agenda item. The mayor (Carol Benson) obviously refused to call on her. The mayor may "preside" over the meeting, but she is not supposed to keep a council member from speaking. But she did. In contrast, the mayor's friend Council member (Janie) Edelman was able to talk at length.
OK, which other small town in King County would you make all the people move to as the population grows? Don't you think they feel the same way? Of course they do.
Editor's note: John Scearcy is the principal officer at Teamsters Local 117. Teamsters Local 117 represents a group of 11 professional staff at the city of Black Diamond.
The Enumclaw Planning Commission will soon make a recommendation to the City Council that they adopt some proposed changes to the Enumclaw Comprehensive Plan. They have put a lot of thought and effort into this document, and are to be complimented for taking on the difficult task of integrating the wishes of a community having diverse viewpoints with Washington's Growth Management Act.
I really appreciate the kind messages I have received from folks after the Courier-Herald story announcing my decision not to run this year for re-election to the Washington State House of Representatives. It has been my honor to serve you in Olympia.
The presidential primary season has seen an earthquake of shifting alignments for both political parties, something few if any predicted six months ago. According to Michael Lind, writing an article for "Politico Magazine" entitled, "This Is What the Future of American Politics Looks Like," the political changes we have seen are really the end of the process, not the beginning.
I wasn't going to respond to Mr. DeVol's comments on the law enforcement officers and firefighters (LEOFF) retirement benefits because I'm confident our history of service justifies them. But as John Calvin once said, "A dog barks when his master is attacked."