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I, along with a good majority of my voting partners in King County voted down King County Metro’s request to raise taxes.

Reading the comment’s by some of those elected officials, it was obvious they were personally affected by their “teach us idiot’s a lesson” attitude so clearly present in the public comments recently. Denying public transportation’s incessant tax increases seems to have been a personal issue with many elected and appointed officials who couldn’t stem the anger and omnipotent feelings about us little people.

I have a message for the elected officials and their hand-picked, special, board members. But first, if you want to threaten us voters, just make the threat. Your innuendos just waste time and space. All of the quoted comments reported by media outlets implied you are seeking to “teach us voters a lesson for denying your tax increase.”

You may refuse to see it now, but later, when you look back at your comments, you’ll see the stupidity. I dare any of you whimpering cry babies to continue voicing poorly thought out public comments regarding our no vote, which was the better judgment in this case.

Incumbents are not very popular during election season these days. For the record, no one took “your funding.” We voters decided that your bond, “short-term funding” as you may recall, reached its time to expire. And, your willingness to jack up vehicle registration fees in the face of our overwhelming vote to reduce vehicle licensing fees may cost you your jobs yet.

I patrolled the streets during early morning hours for many years as a police officer in Federal Way. I know, firsthand, the careless waste that has been ongoing in the bus system management. I watched empty buses driving back and forth from Federal Way to Seattle countless times per night, only offering a few drunk, homeless people a place to sleep. I know about your policy to not stop a boarding passenger who refuses to pay. So do all the thugs and criminals between both cities.

I think most of us are tired of your free ride policy. I know I am. You will manage the funds properly, or you will be voted out. And, don’t ever imply baseless threats toward voters unless you want to return to work in the private sector.

Robert J. Piel, Federal Way


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