Sammamish Forum August 13

August 13, 2014

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Mayor misses the mark
In an attempt to save face in his op-ed last week regarding justification for his demeanor at a recent city council meeting, Mayor Tom Vance was too self-aggrandizing.
He never addressed the issue; that he was impulsive, improper, and overbearing to Sammamish citizens who were greatly concerned about an issue the mayor and the city were willing to overlook in hopes of maintaining a political position with a senior branch of government.
He owes the citizens an apology and an intention to better handle emotional events with decorum (proper behavior that shows respect and good manners) in the future. We can’t forget his spoken “cost of coffee” comment, which with his guard down tells what he really thinks of the citizens he serves.
Yes, that was hostile and in a moment of non-thinking (demonstrated more than just a few times) his true self was revealed.
He has previously said he only wanted one term as a Councilman.

Harry Shedd

Keep guns away
from domestic violence abusers
I’m writing to express my support for Congress and our U.S. senators to take action and protect women from gun violence and domestic violence.
Women are at an unacceptable risk of gun violence in abusive situations. According to FBI statistics, more than half of people murdered by their intimate partners were killed with a gun.
Current law doesn’t go far enough to protect women. As the law stands, women who are in an abusive dating relationship, as well as victims of stalking, can’t have law enforcement prevent their abusers from having guns.
The Senate just had its first hearing on the links between gun violence and domestic violence, but much more needs to be done. Congress needs to take action immediately to change the law to protect women from gun violence.
Unfortunately, our local congressman, Dave Reichert, is not supportive of gun control legislation, so I urge all those who care about this issue to write to him, to let him know that there are many members of his constituency who care about women facing danger in domestic violence situations, and to ask him to show support for legislation to prevent all domestic violence abusers from having access to guns.

Amanda Strombom

Please respect people’s right to their political opinions
This is an open letter: Please show forbearance, tolerance and respect for other’s views and efforts to communicate those in upcoming elections.
We have begun to see destructive actions against political signs on public rights of way and in private locations. People need to understand it is illegal to touch someone else’s political signage, a misdemeanor, in fact, that will get one thrown in jail.
In the 2004 election, two individuals were caught destroying my signs and spent time in jail. I could hardly keep one conservative sign intact for more than a few days.
Then, I put up a notice next to my sign, “It is illegal to mess with another person’s political sign. This right to free speech is what keeps us civilized and nonviolent. It is the basis for our society. Two people have already gone to jail for messing with this sign. Don’t be a third. Instead, if you have a competing idea, put your own sign up.”
That seemed to put an end to the trouble. I did not press charges, and let the miscreants go after a night in jail, but maybe in the interest of setting an example, I should have pressed charges.
Perhaps you fine citizens can get the word out to all that for a democratic republic to work peacefully, we all need to be able to speak our minds without being harassed and squelched. Let your ideas compete in the arena of public opinion. Let the cards land where they land and work as you can on the next election.
It is your involvement that makes the American Experiment a success. Let us not fall the way of petty dictators who must control the dialog to protect indefensible views. If you have a viewpoint, let’s see it — right next to mine!

Steve Marquis, area coordinator
Issaquah Teaparty

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