Topic: King County
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October 15, 2013 at 7:32 AM
City prioritizes stadiums over roads
I’m not surprised to read King County snowplows will be hard to find this winter [“King county snowplows to be scarce this winter,” page one, Oct. 14].
I mean really, is it all that necessary that roads be maintained in the county? Obviously not as the last 20 years have shown. When I worked for King County Public Works, it was our mission to keep roadways and even ditches cleaned and trimmed. Then it was decided it was more important for the county to become involved in stadiums and other Seattle projects and let the roads fail.
Back then the bridge to Duvall was painted every couple years, but the powers let it deteriorate for years until the railing needed a complete replacement at who knows what cost.
Larry Marty, Snohomish
July 19, 2013 at 6:25 AM
Let taxpayers make their own investments
Bruce Ramsey’s column about the county’s recent loss of $38 million IOUs from two European “structured investment vehicles” containing “dodgy American mortgages” made by the King County Bond fund raises several questions. [“King County’s Bronx cheer for Wall Street’s bond raters,” Opinion, July 17.]
Why can’t the county reveal what the actual loss was after a settlement was reached?
If this bond fund is currently holding $4.5 billion, the money it has collected from taxpayers, why aren’t our taxes lowered?
Let us, the taxpayers, make our own investments.
Bob Dorse, Seattle
July 15, 2013 at 8:23 PM
Establish a third fare zone
Again and again, King County Metro Transit whines for attention, threatening service cuts with its limited thinking and planning. [“Guest column: State’s inaction will force cuts to King County Metro’s bus service,” Opinion, July 12.]
Why does countywide bus service have only two fare zones? Why is the fare to White Center the same as that to Issaquah?
King County Metro Transit should have established a third fare zone long ago. It made sense 40 years ago. It makes more sense now.
Karen Clay, Seattle
June 29, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Accepting cash will lead to corruption
The Times article on King County Council members accepting cash included council members stating that it will not influence their vote in any way. [“County Council members will collect cash for expenses,” page one, June 27.]
I find that hard to believe. Politicians and money stick together just like bees and honey.
I wonder also if they report this to the International Revenue Service. I hope they will be targeted.
Wesley Walimaa, Federal Way
May 16, 2013 at 11:16 AM
King County needs to manage money better
Guest columnist and King County Executive Dow Constantine tells the state to think of King County as a business and give it the carte blanche he needs in order to freely tax at away for transportation funding because — keeping with his metaphor — that’s good business [“Allow King County a local option to fund transportation,” Opinion, May 14].
Well, if good business is the thought of the day, then how about focusing on the principle of watching the nickels and dimes and letting the dollars take care of themselves?
As an example, Constantine pushed to have the county run its own boat shuttle service, even though it is costing the taxpayers about three times more than when the service was contracted out to a private vendor. That’s like jumping around the money tree for more tax dollars while buckets of dimes and quarters are rolling down the hill.
How about spending more time focusing first on the details of monetary management before lobbying for authority to open the sluice gates of spending?
Tom Ruszala, Seattle
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