Letters for the week of Dec. 14

Dec 14, 2011
Message to incumbents: Put the people’s interests first

Dear Editor,

I'm sending this letter to say thank you to all of the “Folks4Preshaw” who graciously gave their loyal support for my campaign.

After a careful, exhaustive review of the recounted electoral results, and for the good of our city, on Dec. 8 I called Councilmember Emily Vanderwielen to offer my concession, and to congratulate her for her victory in one of the closest elections in Mukilteo’s history.

I am passionate about the principles for which we all fought throughout my campaign. After 6,080 votes were cast, our campaign fell short by a razor-thin margin of one third of one percent – I had 49.47 percent to Emily’s 49.77 percent.

These results demonstrate that our principles were heard and shared by more than 3,000 supporters.

While this election has ended, I will never stop fighting for you, and for every family in Mukilteo.

I embarked on this journey together with you because we believed then – as we do today – that our Mukilteo is worth protecting, that independent, critical thinkers are needed now to guide us through the next four years.

My message was simple: we cannot tax, borrow and spend our way to prosperity. I ran on a promise to make our city government live within its means – like our families and small businesses do every day. I said that draconian budget cuts were needed – can we really afford a full time mayor and full time city administrator?  No more hocus pocus – just fiscal focus!

In my opinion, raising taxes right after the election, and after we had all been told that “Mukilteo is not going broke!” and “Mukilteo is financially sound!” was disingenuous and epitomizes the need for truth and transparency in all matters municipal more than ever.

Ask this: If we are so “financially sound” then why are we raising taxes and continuing to engage in deficit spending to balance our budget?

To my family, especially my husband, Mark Thornley, thank you for your unwavering love and support. You are everything to me.

To my loyal and hard working core supporters, please know that I am profoundly grateful for your sacrifice, and your countless hours of hard work over the course of this campaign. You never let me down.

To the more than 3,000 folks who cast their votes for me, I thank you for your trust and your faith.

Your votes launched a strong message to incumbents: it is time to put the people's interests first. It is time to stop cheerleading. It is time to provide substantive performance.

The election has ended, but my commitment to bringing people together, and to solving our fiscal crisis will continue without fail.

We cannot afford a return to politics as usual. We cannot afford future tax increases. We cannot afford to squander what few financial resources we have left.

I will always advocate for what I believe is the only true path for a stronger future – a government that lives within its means, and puts people before politics.

I hope the mayor and council will work with me, and my more than 3,000 supporters, to find a transparent, fiscally responsible path out of our economic wilderness, and to address the challenges standing in the way of opportunity and prosperity for all the people of our great city.

Again, I am so grateful for your support. You can be proud of all you helped to achieve, for leaping from the sidelines, and for hearing the call of service to our great city of Mukilteo! And as you can see, every single vote counted.

With my profound respect and gratitude,

Terry Preshaw,

Against plastic bag ban

Dear Editor,

This is an open letter to the Mukilteo City Council:

I encourage you to oppose the banning of plastic grocery bags in Mukilteo [Too late! "Council OKs citywide plastic bag ban," The Beacon, front page, Dec. 14].

Other than some false notion of being “green” or just following the actions of others in Seattle, Edmonds and Bellingham, there is no good reason for this ban.  

I wish that those of you that support this kind of measure would have had the courage to speak up during the recent elections, so we could have a better idea of the type of people we were supporting with our vote.

We live in Mukilteo because we don’t want to have to deal with all the goofy feel-good regulations you find in places like Seattle.  Just because people in Edmonds, Bellingham and Seattle have given into this mindless governance doesn’t mean we need to.  

We are not Edmonds, we are not Bellingham and we are certainly not Seattle – so stop acting like it!

Other than a story about a whale with bags in its stomach, that according to researchers did not cause the death of the whale, or plastic bags in our landfills (isn’t that what landfills are for?) how do these bags harm the average citizen of Mukilteo?  

Maybe a better question is, how does this ordinance help the citizens of Mukilteo?  The answer is it doesn’t.  

Like most good intentioned rules, it just takes away citizens choices with no positive impact.  It is just the trendy thing to do.

If you read the story about the whale, you will find that it also had duct tape, a golf ball and a pair of sweat pants in its stomach.  Should we also ban those items?  

Tell all the kids a Kamiak, no more sweat pants?  And who is going to tell Oki Golf that Harbor Pointe Golf Club needs to be shut down to SAVE THE WHALES?

Seem silly?  No more silly than this proposed bag ban.

One final thing to consider.  I contend that this ban may actually lead to an increase in the purchase and use of new plastic bags.  

Most of us reuse the grocery bags in our homes.  These bags are used to line garbage cans, to pick up after pets, as trash bags in the car and for packing lunches, just to name a few of the uses.  

For many of us, we have already figured out what works best for us in our lives, without the city’s input.  For those that don’t like plastic bags, don’t use them!  For the rest of us, stop taking away our choices and just leave us alone.

Jon Rickey,

Support of volunteers remarkable

Dear Editor,

We attended the Volunteer Recognition breakfast sponsored last Thursday (Dec. 8) by State Farm Insurance, the Mukilteo Beacon, Northwest Creations, and the city of Mukilteo [“Local volunteers honored for their service,” The Beacon, page 3, Dec. 14.]

The breakfast was excellent, logistics went well, and the program was meaningful and concise.

What was missing was an opportunity for the volunteers to express their own gratitude to the organizers of the event, which is the purpose of this letter.  

The three companies that came forward to help are already known and admired for their leadership in our community, a fact we should all remember when we act in our roles as consumers.

The support of the city is, however, more remarkable.  Governments and large bureaucracies, in general, tend to view volunteers with wariness.  

Unlike employees, volunteers are hard to manage, they can get in the way, they are not always reliable, legal issues arise, and so forth.  

In the past, we have encountered suspicion and even opposition from authorities in other communities to offers of volunteer assistance.

Happily, this is not the case in Mukilteo.  City officials have clearly concluded that the benefits of volunteerism are much greater than any attendant risks and aggravation.  

And this is one reason why there are so many enthusiastic volunteers in our community.  

The recognition breakfast was nice, but what is even better and more important is the responsiveness and support throughout the year by both the leadership and staff of our local government.  

Thank you,
John and Ann Collier

Thank you for your votes

Dear Editor,

I want to thank everyone who supported my campaign over the past several months.   I feel very honored and fortunate to be able to represent the citizens of Mukilteo over the next four years on City Council.   

This campaign focused on my priority of increasing the number public safety projects, fiscal responsibility and being accountable to the Mukilteo voters with a transparent and more open government.   

Many of you expressed concern of lack of sidewalks in certain areas of the city as well as a real concern of lack of traffic calming devices on our secondary roads.   I will bring these concerns and issues to council and request the city staff work with the residents solve these on going problems.   

I also emphasized that we need to cut spending and not raise taxes to balance our deficit ridden budget.  I was extremely disappointed that the mayor presented the current city council with the 2012 budget that included tax increases and relied again on the city’s cash reserves to balance it.   

There were plenty of spending cuts that the council could have implemented in this budget but instead chose to raise our property taxes.  Only councilmembers Kevin Stoltz and Tony Tinsley voted against these tax increases.  

Many families are living within their means in these tough economic times; the city should as well.   

I will be offering ideas of how the city can cut spending as well as increase revenue without raising taxes.  

Again, thank you for your support, and please call me at 425-971-5521 or email me at ssch179156@aol.com with any ideas, suggestions or questions you may have.  

Steve Schmalz,
Mukilteo City Council Elect,

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