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Special interests and Prop. 1 | Federal Way letters
I recently spent a few hours holding a sign on a busy Federal Way street corner. And I got a chance to talk to some of those who were holding signs representing the "vote no" group. It was nice talking to these folks — when we talked about things other than this campaign. Why? Because we're so often on the same page and just don't know it — or admit it. When we do talk, we find that we share a lot of common ground. We're not so different. Until we start talking about "the facts."
Good citizens are often at the mercy of what they are told. The facts are so often skewed and spun and just plain misstated. If a person is told that there have been a lot of mistakes made by City Hall over the years, how does that make him or her feel? Some don’t want to hear it. Some even choose not to believe it. But we must talk about it because when we don't, the mistakes are sure to reoccur.
The Vote No group uses the argument of "special interest." This might be the biggest fallacy and wildest spin of all. Who is prone to the forces of special interest? How about city council members whose day jobs might very well put them at risk from outside influence? One of our current council members has a campaign sign outside his place of business. Is that OK? And what about those endorsements? What deals — good ones and bad — are made for those? It applies to both sides of course. But only one side got the police endorsement: The yes side. You know how important that is.
One last thing. The Vote No group has also used the term “bias” to argue their position. Well, goodness, could there be any more extreme example of bias than a council member whose husband is one of the main speakers for that group?
Vote for a change. Vote yes to finally elect your mayor.
David McKenzie, Federal Way