Sad to see it’s just ‘business as usual’

I watched the whole “public hearings” on the budget at Everett City Council Wednesday night. I was frustrated, mad, sad and mad again at the “Business as Usual.” Ms. Stonceipher was the only one to ask hard, open, above-the-board questions. For all the others, I could see the handwriting on the wall. Yep, didn’t disappoint the “Business as usual theme.” I was disappointed in Paul Roberts who played both ends. His reason why he didn’t second Ms. Stonceipher’s amendment was speaking out of both sides of his mouth. No need to “rattle the cage.”

Here’s a question I already know the answer to: Why no packed chambers with people to participate in the hearing process? They also knew it was a waste of their time. Us “common people” need to come up with ways that will make a real difference.

I thought Judy Tuohy’s comments/solutions were worth considering. The other two speakers made valid points about concerns of unkept downtown properties. I was glad to see Debra Bryant give her card to guide them to the correct department/people. Now that did make me happy.

Megan Dunn’s letter to the editor of suggestions on the budget were well thought out and have merit. The mayor and city council thanked everyone. How nice. I don’t want “thank yous”, I want them to do what’s right for Everett, not pat people on the back. When they do that, it’s really themselves patting themselves on their backs. We know the falseness of it, for we common people are the smart ones.

Gail Chism


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