ACT president says vote yes on Prop. 1 | Federal Way letters
October 23, 2009 · Updated 10:35 AM
There's been a lot of chatter recently and misleading information...truth-stretching, if you will.
Normally, I ignore it and say, hey, this is just part of the political process, each side trying to make its points. This time, however, I've got to set the record straight.
I’m referring to Margaret Nelson's inflammatory letter in the Oct. 21 Mirror, in which she stated that "over 60 percent of the money supporting ACT came from self-described real-estate agents, developers and lobbyists who do not live in Federal Way." My goodness — talk about playing with numbers! First, what's wrong with developers? Federal needs more development...like the development of more jobs, or how about the development of a sound strategy to fight crime? Folks, this percentage isn't even close to the truth. But since she brought the subject up, let’s pursue the truth. And let's aim that beacon where it needs to be aimed.
The "Federal Way Works" group has been basically subsidized by two parties: 1) The same Washington, D.C., city managers lobbyist group that gave them money last time (nearly $10,000 in out-of-state money); and 2) a real estate company in Federal Way.
Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Readers, this isn’t merely some harmless political hypocrisy or even a little white lie. It’s far worse — and it shows the kind of character we’re dealing with on the Federal Way Works side of this debate.
We say, stop the bickering, let’s have this debate and stick to the issues.
Vote yes on Prop. 1 to:
• Elect your mayor to lead the day-to-day operations of the city.
• Stop wasteful spending
• Invite businesses back to Federal Way
• Increase public safety
Thank you for your consideration.
Roy Parke, Federal Way, president of ACT (Accountability Comes to Town)