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July 29, 2013 at 4:26 PM
Whole Foods conflict is a gadfly act
Mayor Mike McGinn’s actions regarding Whole Foods are appropriate for a gadfly, not a mayor. [“McGinn’s stance on wages ups stakes in mayoral race,” NW Sunday, July 28.]
Gadflies throw out ideas without regard for the consequences of their timing or methods of delivery. They have no obligation to consult with anyone else or to be restrained by the legality of the ideas they propose.
Should the city become involved in advocating or even legislating for a higher minimum wage? Is this something that should become part of our land-use policies? It is reasonable for our city government and citizens to consider these questions.
But it was not reasonable for McGinn, without consulting the City Council, to threaten a single employer with rejection of a land-use application because the mayor personally believes they should pay higher salaries.
This is only the latest in a long series of behaviors that have alienated many other elected officials and seriously damaged McGinn’s effectiveness. That McGinn, after four years in office, still doesn’t get it that a mayor can’t behave as a gadfly disqualifies him for re-election.
John Russell, Seattle
I’ve lived and voted in nine cities since I graduated from college in 1979. Until the last four years, I considered Seattle the least tribal and most considerate of the whole bunch.
Unfortunately, Michael McGinn has badly eroded that aspect of Seattle’s appeal. Whether or not he wanted to do it, McGinn has deeply fractured the city. We now have neighborhoods at war with downtown, bicyclists at war with drivers and homeowners at war with apartment dwellers.
Worse than that, we have a mayor at war with truth and common sense, and who has made absolutely no effort to bridge any gaps. I supported McGinn in 2009, and I will be voting for anyone but him in 2013.
Seattle needs to send Michael McGinn packing. If that doesn’t happen in the primary, then it must be done in the general election.
In nearly 40 years of voting, I can’t think of any electoral mistake worse than my support for Michael McGinn.
Charles Pluckhahn, Seattle
June 18, 2013 at 4:00 PM
The U.S. needs to step back
A majority of Americans don’t want the United States to further involve itself in yet another Middle East mess by arming Syrian rebels with more sophisticated weapons. [“Military aid to rebels in Syria pulls U.S. deeper into conflict,” News, June 16.]
We are damned if we do, and damned if we don’t. There is a chance that a rebel victory will not be a plus for the U.S.
Like me, many of us probably wonder why it seems like it is always us that have to ride to the rescue. Especially in the Middle East, where today’s friend can easily be tomorrow’s enemy.
We need to step back this time. We got ourselves involved in a religious conflict in Iraq unnecessarily, in my opinion. There was some justification for invading Afghanistan, but that conflict has us wondering if it was worth it. Syria is, yet again, a clash between Sunni and Shia. We are not making any friends by involving ourselves in these conflicts. All we are doing is prolonging them.
Don Curtis, Clinton
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