Sammamish Forum July 23
July 23, 2014
Mayor on a power trip
I have been greatly concerned with the attitude of our mayor towards citizens lately.
As I’ve watched two recent City Council meetings and study sessions on TV, Mayor Tom Vance has been either dismissive or hostile towards citizen participation in the process.
When a crowd of concerned citizens showed up regarding the cutting down of so many trees while improving the East Sammamish Trail, many people in the audience wanted to simply show support for comments being made by raising a small flag when a comment was given or clap. Whenever that support was shown, Vance demanded that it stop.
At the last council meeting when it was suggested by Councilman Ramiro Valderrama that citizens are concerned about process in the city, Vance said “that and the price of a cup of coffee will get you a cup of coffee.”
I hope everyone understands what our mayor thinks of our opinion in the city as they go to the polls next year.
Support for Hussey
After living in the 45th district for five years, I understand why Joel Hussey has been a resident for 19 years and wishes to continue serving this community as state representative. It is a great place to live which demands great representation in Olympia.
Joel’s accomplishments in life are easily documented and his involvement in local efforts has already made the 45th District a better place to live.
However, it is crucial that a state representative understand the most prominent current issues, collaborate over party lines and make change happen. I have personally witnessed Joel’s ability to get to the heart of a matter, speak candidly about the issues and institute change. He has proven these abilities on the Lake Washington Youth Soccer Association, non-profit organizations and in his own successful business.
These accomplishments take a person of great character and competency; Joel is that rare individual who possesses both.
It is no surprise that an impressive list of community organizations has readily endorsed his candidacy, and I hope the voters in our 45th district do also.
Time to kick
I’m a college student in Washington and although I’m away at school most of the year, I still call Sammamish my home.
Throughout U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert’s time in Congress, his “representation” of my district has proven to be anything but representative of the issues that effect Sammamish and the diverse views of residents throughout the district. He supports many pro-police state stances and hateful positions in his voting record.
Both of my parents have worked long, hard hours in many different jobs and careers in order to give me the safe, healthy and productive environment I grew up in.
Although I didn’t know this as a child, my mother, along with other hard working mothers throughout Washington were going to work knowing that on average, they would make 70ish cents to every dollar their male counterparts made.
It blows my mind that in the 21st century my mom and dad could work the same exact position and make vastly different amounts in wages and salaries.
You know what’s even worse than this unequal pay reality? The fact that Dave Reichert voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that ensures equal pay for equal work. We no longer live in the sexist hierarchy of the 1940’s. This alone shows that Mr. Reichert is oblivious to the needs of Washington families.
Reichert’s insistence upon repealing the Affordable Care Act also speaks volumes to his desire to limit the availability of healthcare to all American citizens. Healthcare shouldn’t be a luxury that only the richest, most comfortable citizens can afford.
If you would like to call your current Congressman and share your feelings about him, I would recommend proceeding with caution due to Congressman Reichert voting for warrantless wiretapping.
I truly hope that there is a viable opponent this primary election that will work towards fixing the wrongdoings caused by the reign of Reichert.