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February 19, 2009 at 4:44 PM

Bel-Red Rescue plan

Promises like witch’s pearls

Chained as I know you are to the regional power brokers, it is not surprising (but still depressing) to read the drivel you put out in the Sunday Times: “Bellevue’s Rail Vision” [Feb. 15, Editorial].

You almost got the title right — you just left out a couple important modifiers. A better, more accurate title would have been: “Bellevue railroads citizens into poverty.”

Times’ reporter Katherine Long’s previous Bel-Red propaganda bulletin [“Re-envisioning Bel-Red,” page 1, Feb. 13] didn’t get it right either. By carefully selecting the acolytes from Bellevue’s development-driven power brokerage, she managed to find some in favor, yet all equally ignorant and uninformed about the city staff’s and council’s Bel-Red rescue plan.

It is a plan modeled after the federal government’s rescue efforts following Hurricane Katrina — a plan now being updated to include the government’s convoluted, arcane “rescue plan” designed to impoverish current and future U.S. citizens.

Bellevue’s Bel-Red rezone plan is not “smart growth,” it is just warmed-over city building based on the city staff’s and council’s reading of Robert Moses’ success in wreaking havoc on New York City. And, of course the nuts at Cascade Land Conservancy welcome this kind of interventionist-public policy with open arms because they seek to restrict public access to public lands.

Yes, Bellevue’s so-called “leaders” are championing the Bel-Red rezone and Sound Transit’s uneconomical, inflexible East Link transit scheme. And they are showering Bellevue citizens with promises, like the pearls from the witch’s house in Grimm’s “Hansel and Gretel.”

But, rather than the fairy-tale characters’ happy reunion with their father, Bellevue citizens can only look forward to increased taxes to pay for our “leaders'” bloated appetites.

Bellevue citizens have no say in the council’s irrational plans because they have been left in the vast forest of nonsense created by the city council and their take-it-or-leave-it acolytes on the city staff.

Your refusal to print one single word of opposition to Bellevue’s mind-boggling Bel-Red rezone plan, and your turncoat endorsement of Sound Transit’s noncost-effective light-rail project shows how seriously your brains have been shrunk by the regional power brokers’ vise.

Times readers are the poorer for their uninformed comments on important issues affecting the region’s citizens.

— David Plummer, Bellevue

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