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September 20, 2013 at 4:23 PM
Tantrum of the rich
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
June 17, 2013 at 7:04 AM
Money can’t cure the damage
I was appalled, angry and sick after reading the article [“Women sues after police didn’t buy rape claim,” page one, June 11]. This is the kind of story that keeps people who are raped from reporting it to the police.
It’s one thing that they didn’t believe it to begin with, but then to charge her for false reporting and fine her $500 — what the hell? She was also forced into counseling and had to lie about the rape or be evicted.
I’ve been around for 63 years and have been frustrated for most of those years about how poorly women have been and are treated. This to me is a prime example. She may and should win this suit but no amount of money will cure the emotional issues she will face the rest of her life.
Linda Bowen, Shoreline
May 16, 2013 at 6:02 AM
Don’t blame the state
My heart goes out to the Owen-Mayer family for their loss and devastating injuries, but to blame the state for their own actions is wrong [“Family files claims against state over crash,” NWWednesday, May 15].
There were warnings issued and heavy news coverage of the weather conditions. If the state protected them from all weather conditions, the roads would be closed every time we had high winds, snow or ice.
When we do have bad weather, people are urged to stay off the roads, but they still go to work, shop and ski. Don’t expect others to pay for your bad decisions.
Kathy Butler, Shoreline
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