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Columns were about politics, not leadership | Letters

May 6, 2013 · 4:12 PM

Politicians be on guard. Mayor Skip Priest and Deputy Mayor Jim Ferrell had shots fired across their respective bows by The Mirror because they did not appear at a local crime scene recently, and thus, did not demonstrate proper leadership.

That’s the rationale behind two articles written by publisher Rudi Alcott and columnist Bob Roegner in last week’s Mirror.

Had Federal Way leaders failed to show up at a local natural disaster, an allegation of insensitive leadership may have been in order, but not at a local crime scene, regardless of its nature. The police have that jurisdiction.

Who in Federal Way expects council members to show up at crime scenes? For what? Where do you draw the line as to which crime scenes to appear or which ones to ignore?

Deep water awaits the unwary or naive. I can envision situations where Priest or Ferrell might guess wrong, stay home, and find themselves on the defensive. They have enough on their plates and they don’t need that kind of distraction or dilemma.

We citizens don’t want them wasting energy wending their way through minefields we have planted with yet another politically correct duty. Will deadly car accidents be next?  I suspect the two articles were not about leadership anyway; they were about politics.

Don Payne, Federal Way


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