LETTER: ‘It does not help us or our city to disparage the leaders we have in place’
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We have an election coming up in Des Moines. As citizens, it is our duty to be well informed so that we choose the best candidates possible.
I was lucky enough to attend the most recent South King County Economic Development meeting where Mayor Kaplan and others painted a picture of the current state of our city. The following is my interpretation of his message: Much new development is underway or very close (a good thing), but the present picture is not as pretty as any of us would like. The revenues are constrained and the expenses are high. Over the past few years, businesses have left and the state of the vacant buildings is not attractive to new businesses. The marina has been our cash cow but now it needs money, too, for repair and necessary updates. Yes, we really need a grocery store!
Though the meeting time and date were published in advance, I was one of only three non-members attending. Dan Sherman (former councilman) and James Payne (candidate for office) were the other two.
The city council has a tough job right now. Even if we could throw them all out and elect a forum of supermen (and women), the job would still be tough. Some citizens want to make it sound simple: our council should either invest for growth or save that money to pay for day-to-day realities. But it’s never really that black and white; we must do some of both and have a plan to get ourselves on better footing by some fixed date in the not-too-distant future.
It does not help us or our city to disparage the leaders we have in place. If you don’t like them, vote them out at the next opportunity. For now, let’s concentrate on educating ourselves, choosing the best candidates and encouraging all elected members to work together. Personally, I hope there are still multiple opportunities to meet the candidates and to learn more of the current council’s plans.
– Sandra E. Higgins
Des Moines resident
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