Letters to the Editor Candidate says residents should be concerned

Re: Patson appointed to Buckley City Council (Courier-Herald, May 13)

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2009 2:43am
  • Opinion

Re: Patson appointed to Buckley City Council (Courier-Herald, May 13)

I had no plans to respond except to personally congratulate your reporter, John Leggett, on a well-written article regarding the process and its participants. But a rehash of events and what others have told me prompted me to reply.

I do congratulate the newest council member on her appointment. It would have been a more hearty congrats had she attended some City Council meetings and committee meetings so she was aware of the amount of effort it requires to be something other than a solid “rubber stamp” for the executive’s agenda.

It came as no surprise that the vote went as it did, as I knew there were two votes I could not expect because of my verbal complaints to the mayor about those council members’ ethical lapses. I was somewhat surprised at who did and didn’t support my candidacy.

But I do have a question. The policy calls for the candidates to give a presentation prior to questioning. This did not happen, though Mr. Howard and myself came prepared. Was it just coincidence that the winning candidate, who I was told had been recruited by the mayor, drew the first slot so the mayor could plead that it was an oversight when it did not happen?

The secrecy and scripted confusion with which the last budget was prepared. The mayor’s response when I informed her I was going to apply for the next council opening tell me things are not going well at City Hall. Does the mayor not want me on the City Council? All tax and utilities payers in Buckley should be very concerned by those circumstances.

Marvin Sundstrom

Buckley

More in Opinion

America is denying three hard truths

There are three major hard truths that our current government has been denying with great vigor: The Mueller Russia-U.S. Presidential election connection investigation, the war in Afghanistan, and the growing national deficit.

Promote the common good by ensuring individual liberty

Citizens following their passions and dreams improve the lot for all.

The three personas of President Trump

There’s Teleprompter Trump, Raw Meat Trump and Twitter Trump.

Carbon pricing won’t help environment, but will hurt taxpayers

How would a Washington carbon tax make a difference in the world “climate?”

It’s never enough

Based on numbers from the legislature, Enumclaw School District will be receiving huge funding increases from the state. Yet here we are with Enumclaw and a bunch of other districts telling the taxpayers, give us more, we need more.

Why are trailers allowed at Expo Center?

When my husband and I moved to our home in 2001 and for every year after the Expo Center grounds have always been pleasant to look at on your way to our home. No longer is this true.

Columnist sheds light on Koch brothers

Our economy, along with our political system, is broken and indeed destroying our democracy.

Letter writer cites no evidence for claims

“Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.”

Attitudes change on farming non-native salmon

Their warnings fell on deaf ears, but the tables have turned on the fish farming industry in Washington.

Humility allows for tolerance of other’s opinions

Each of us has grown up in different circumstances. Each has been shaped by our life experiences. Each of us sees the world around us differently as a result. Why, then, should it be so difficult to understand that no two people will agree on every issue?

President Trump working toward the vision of our Founders

President Trump is working to return power and liberty to the people.

Culture, politics have and continue to shape race relations

“The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success of a society. The central liberal truth is that politics can change a culture and save it from itself.”