Burien Officials Confront Seattle Times Columnist Over White Center Annexation

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On Monday (Mar. 1st), Seattle Times columnist Jerry Large published a followup article that is basically a reaction to him being confronted by Burien Mayor Joan McGilton, Councilmember Kathy Keene and City Manager Mike Martin over Burien’s desire to annex the remaining portions of White Center.

The encounter came after Large published a column on Feb. 3rd extolling how White Center is “the right fit” for Seattle.

Councilmember Keene then sent us a copy of a letter she sent The Times, where she strongly refuted Large and claimed that Burien would be a better fit for White Center (read Keene’s letter here).

In Large’s latest column, he starts out by saying:

Burien is getting feisty.

The small city is not counting itself out as a home to the northern neighborhoods of North Highline.

So now, “feisty” Burien has struck back, and the columnist has printed our cityfolk’s claims, stating that “Burien knows what it wants” – read his full column here.

We wonder what will happen next in this political opinion-shaping chess match…stay tuned.

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One Response to “Burien Officials Confront Seattle Times Columnist Over White Center Annexation”
  1. Laurie says:

    I know Kathy a little bit from working out with her at Curves. She and I are politically polar opposites but I admire her dedication and passion in her role both for the Water District and for the City Council. I also think she is right about White Center and Boulevard Park. They belong with Burien not Seattle. I think these communities could benefit from becoming part of our city and we could benefit as well. I agree that as part of Seattle, they would lose their voice among so many. I hope they decide they want to come our way.

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