Letters to the Editor

Letters - Sept. 9, 2011

No taxation without representation!

No taxation without representation! Somewhere over the eons, since the intent of our forefathers so aptly put pen to paper, a perversion of the purpose of taxation has been accomplished.

An administrative individual(s) with the transit service in Bremerton has seen fit to push a foot ferry irrespective of multiple majority votes against it.

The electorate probably would’ve never  backed underwriting the loan for the Harborside condos. The commissioners for the expansion of the Bremerton Marina were summarily replaced after passing a proposal to use Their money.

A vote to fund a large makeover of the Silverdale Library has recently been turned down.

Now, those i inner circles, they are reforming with hopes of passing a smaller rendition of the same aforementioned library – a newer, smaller-scale one than earlier attempted.

On numerous occasions those who we trust to represent us are flagrantly guilty of representing other interests more arduously (business concerns, for political favors, selfish distractions, or – heavenly forbid – for ambitions of the office) with the best of intentions.

Before us now is a proposed levy to “supplement” and already existing fund to ‘assist veterans.’

First of all a huge sum of money was redirected from this fund only recently by these adept commissioners. Second, there are numerous agencies at every level of government and in various different capacities already in place to deal with the problems of veterans and the homeless. Thirdly, I’ve read the entirety of the proposal and not only is it stuffed with all types of administrative ‘checks and balances,’ but it attempts to solve ALL the problems of the homeless - too huge of an undertaking.

Here we are caught in the grips of an ominous recession. One where the unemployed can’t find work, houses are being foreclosed on and the economy is in an extremely vulnerable position.

The electorate are clearly asking for better efficiency, accountability, and use of the dollars they are already giving.

Yet our elected officials see fit to decrease all manner of public services, while they ask us to increase piecemeal some of these services.

What the county commissioners don’t want us to know about is an obscure Revised Code of Washington, 84.55. So, since the county has never revealed through their wisdom and expert investigation that they “believe” the current levy is “sufficient.”

Then they should have no reservations in stipulating that this RCW will never, through the duration of its life, be enacted to increase the bounds of this levy they are so intent on passing.

Because that’s exactly what RCW 84.55 allows after the first year – a raise – without a vote by the electorate.

Don Shannon, Jr.

Bremerton


Revitalization will require leadership

Collen Smidt’s hope for Bremerton to succeed in revitalizing the downtown areas as Tacoma did in her Aug. 8 column in the Reporter can be achieved only through leadership, which on the basis of the 5th Street debacle, the current city government seems to lack.

What can be more embarrassing than no less than the mayor herself was not aware that 5th street has become a one-way street.

The lack of leadership in this particular case is the failure of the powers-that-be to recognize the role that each part of the government, namely, the mayor, city council, public works department and the police department play in the formulation and implementation of traffic policies.

While the mayor and the city council squabbled over who sets the traffic laws, the top 2 professional engineers in the public works department may have resigned in disgust over the confusion resulting from mismanagement.

Yes, before revitalization efforts in Bremerton could succeed, the mayor and the city council must put their act together and know “who does what” in the various tasks that confront them.

The media too has a role to play in this effort. By neglecting to report on this debacle, they have failed the public by allowing city officials to go on committing these blunder sat the expense of the taxpayers.

Noel C. Sim, PE

Retired City Engineer

Bremerton

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