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September 20, 2013 at 4:23 PM

State supreme court rejects Freeman’s light-rail prevention bid

Tantrum of the rich

Kemper Freeman, Jr., photographed in 2010. Washington state's supreme court rejected Freeman's lawsuit to keep light-rail trains off of Interstate 90. I-90 is seen in the background.

Kemper Freeman, Jr., photographed in 2010. Washington state’s supreme court rejected Freeman’s lawsuit to keep light-rail trains off of Interstate 90. I-90 is seen in the background. [John Lok, The Seattle Times]

In a recent article in The Seattle Times, Kemper Freeman Jr.’s transportation adviser, Bruce Nurse, attributes the bid loss to battle fatigue “from fighting the government.” [“Court rejects Freeman’s bid to prevent light rail on I-90,” NW Friday, Sept. 13.]

This is an example of the extreme arrogance of a member of the superrich, who seems to feel that if he doesn’t get what he wants, it is an intrusion by “big government,” stomping on the rights of the citizenry.

I think that some objectivity is called for. This whole political process has taken decades to reach its conclusion, with public input at every step of the way, including those in opposition, such as Freeman’s lawsuits.

Within Bellevue, 58 percent of voters supported a tax increase to fund suburban rail extensions. Publicly elected officials from the various levels of government from the affected cities and counties, as well as the state Legislature, made decisions that resulted in this outcome.

The final arbitrator, the state Supreme Court, which ruled 7-2 against the Freeman law suit, are publicly elected in a statewide election.

No, Mr. Freeman, this is not an example of Big Brother grinding the downtrodden under the boot of tyranny. It is the temper tantrum of a spoiled individual who is used to always getting his way.

Terence Clayton, Freeland

Comments | More in Politics, Seattle, Transportation | Topics: kemper freeman jr., lawsuit, light rail

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