The body of another Tacoma serial killer Ted
Bundy victim has been unearthed in Vail Colorado.
Former Tacoma Police Chief David Brame, who murdered his
wife and put a lead pill into his own sick mind, is used as an example in the
Tacoma Voters Pamphlet as to why to vote no on City of Tacoma Charter changes.
And Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland and Washington State
Representative Laurie Jinkins added to T-Town-Sin City’s negative image with
the following statements in a Tacoma News Tribune opinion
“The misguided message that voters should just dismiss all 12
amendments without weighing both pros and cons is crass, cynical and presumes
voters lack the judgment to evaluate each on its own merits. Just saying ‘no to
all’ is the laziest form of political argument and is contrary to the way our
What Strickland and Jenkins are attacking is an opinion
piece written by Karen Seinfeld, a former Pierce County Superior Court
judge and retired state Court of Appeals judge. David Seago, retired News
Tribune editorial page editor, four former Tacoma mayors, seven former City
Council members and other civic leaders not to mention New Takhoman Publisher
John Hathaway and former Tacoma City Councilman Tom Stenger.
Nowhere in that opinion piece did it state, “That voters
should just dismiss all 12 amendments without weighing both pros and cons.”
No Strickland and Jenkins we are not crass, cynical or lazy.
If all of the above hadn’t considered the pros and cons of
all twelve City of Tacoma Charter Amendments the opinion you attack never would
have seen the light of day.
Strickland and Jenkins opinion piece is nothing more than the
lowest of the low political attack ad that questions the integrity and
credibility of the opponents when they cannot support their own position with
So ergo Strickland and Jenkins have just given you the best
reasons to vote no on all twelve Charter Amendments.
Does one of those Charter Amendments fill a single pothole?
But do they increase the power, greed and ego of the current
Council of None? HELL YES!
However the real question to be answered is, “Why would
Jenkins tie her can to another Tacoma failed Mayor?”
The simple answer Dear Readers is Washington State
Representative Laurie Jinkins wants to be Tacoma’s next Mayor and will be
running for the said office in the near future.
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This in from Just
Call me Ishmael:
Perhaps we should accept reality and realize none of the Tacoma
City Council seem familiar with ethics and, therefore, really cannot be blamed
for violating them. They subscribe to 'situational ethics,' which
dictates 'if I think the outcome will be good (in my opinion), then what I do
to make it happen will eventually be ethical (in my opinion)."
The poor creatures
are classic examples of the liberal and permissive society which says 'Me,
first,' and which presumes anything the individual wants is acceptable -
without regard for the impact on immediate family or society. We have all
seen this behavior in grocery or toy stores where some spoiled child is wailing
and screaming 'I want it. I want it.' People used to grow out of
this stage, but today's population - and all Evergreen graduates - merely
transition to adults who no longer just 'want' it but 'take' it.
The Mayor - and pretty much any other Council member - is a
very nice person. She is pleasant, smart and well educated. She
simply comes from a generation that assumes "I know better than anyone
else what is needed. Therefore, whatever I want to do MUST be good for
society in general."
This is where the majority of proposed charter changes arise.
The proponents assume that their needs and / or thoughts MUST be right and,
therefore, anything they can do to make it easier for them to achieve their
personal agendas must be good for everyone. The situation IS - situational
- ethical to them. I.E. if the council can get its greedy little mitts on
the TPU revenues, the council can spend, spend, spend like Santa Claus on every
little project the Council thinks will be good (or at least popular). If
something is good (or popular), it MUST be ethical, right?
Alas, the result will be TPU will live from month to month
on incoming revenues with no base or reserve (much as social security and state
controlled pension systems have been looted by the federal and / or state governments].
The Council is not concerned with fiscal conservatism nor maintaining a strong
budget at TPU. Bleeding TPU dry to further immediate 'feel good' causes is
a good thing in their eyes. The Council, which never thinks beyond the
next election, will neither foresee nor work to prevent the collapse of the
system, because it is not THEIR problem.
Whereas buying votes with feel good programs which can
influence the next election IS their concern. The current Council will
not be in office when the system goes broke. (again, if one needs an
example, please note the federal government which cannot fix critical
infrastructure such as bridges or dams because it has frittered away OUR money
on buying votes by giveaway programs, or consider the state of Washington which
is considering a major increase in gasoline tax to pay for the roads it cannot
fix because it has blown the highway monies on so-called 'Rapid Transit', truly
Raising taxes always seems a viable source of revenue to
governments - 'do not manage budgets, simply expand them.' The problem
here is that only 50% of Americans are paying taxes nowadays and if the
government manages to bleed them dry, there will be no one to pay the increased
taxes. The mindset described above is also the basis of most if not
all of the other proposed charter changes.
Tacoma's City Council seems to believe that socialism IS 'the way and the
light.' They cannot let little things like ethics interfere with their
personal plans which - after all - 'are bound to make everybody happy.'
Give the Mayor a break - neither she nor the majority of other politicians has
any more familiarity with ethics than a pig has with holy water. They cannot
be expected to observe what they cannot see.
Tacoma Mayor Strickland
city’s ethics code
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