Letters to the Editor

Candidates’ stances should be voiced | Letters | Aug. 14

In the letters to the editor last week, two writers used the word “angry” in referring to those who push for reform at City Hall.

Bob Burkholder referred to “angry citizens” and people who are “raising hell.” Bruce Weiland spoke of “angry critics” and a “lynch mob.” Both of these writers have been close to former mayor Darlene Kordonowy, who questioned the civility of people who questioned the way she did business.

People do this when they want to silence someone: you say that they do not “get along,” they are not “one of us,” they are not “nice”.

The real issue here is accountability. Burkholder and Weiland don’t want people looking into City Hall, and they don’t want candidates for council who will challenge the way the city does business.

In recent years we have had a couple of “pig in a poke” council members who had good backgrounds but did not state their positions before the election, and then voted in controversial ways after taking office.

The stakes are too high to let the city continue to slide, and we cannot choose good leaders if we do not know where they stand.

Alone among the nine candidates now running for office, I am concerned about Weiland’s candidate, Tim Jacobsen.

I have been active in trying to preserve the small-town character of Winslow, so I studied Jacobsen’s Web site to see where he stands on this. I couldn’t tell from the site, so I emailed and called. Even after 20 minutes on the phone with him, I still do not have a clear understanding.

Truth be told, some of the most plain-spoken candidates this year are those who have been the least involved with city government, at least formally. They are direct, to the point, and let you know what they think I wish more candidates were. Let’s hope the fall campaign flushes out their positions.

Rod Stevens

Bainbridge Island

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