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October 15, 2008 at 4:18 PM

Seattle Parks levy

Seattle voters can be surprising

The Times apparently forgot how to write an editorial in its Oct. 7 piece urging voters to reject Proposition 2, the parks levy [“Approve Pike Place Market upgrade; reject Seattle Parks levy,” editorial, Oct. 7].

Instead of persuasion using compelling facts, your newspaper made assumptions, implying a vote was either/or, [Pike Place] Market or parks, the levy might become permanent and voters won’t vote for the levy because of ballot fatigue, overtaxation and the economy.

None of this can be proven or tested.

The Times is presuming to speak for us voters, not providing reasons why we should or should not vote.

Voters need to know that a 16-member oversight committee will carefully review all levy spending. They should know that their tax assessment for parks will decrease, that the levy will complete a critical part of our popular Burke-Gilman Trail and that projects benefit all neighborhoods.

Seattle voters can be surprising; we deeply value tradition and quality of life. Abundant parks are one of our city’s unique assets, along with the Market.

When times get tough, people make priorities. Don’t arrogantly assume you know what they will be.

–Judy Moise, Seattle

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