LETTER: Unfortunate that Forum was Marred by Unnecessary Mudslinging
Jack Mayne’s article provided a very balanced account of your Oct 2nd forum on annexation. As one of the attendees at the meeting, there were some highs and lows from my perspective. The two highs I noticed: (1) the two opponents gave the attendees their respective side on the issue, and the second high was the excellent job by Judge Eiler in keeping decorum and a fair time allotment. She performed admirably and even handed.
The low of the event was the deterioration from the issues by an attempted (?) personal mud slinging by Jerry Robison. I had to review the online audio to insure that what I thought I heard was indeed accurate. Robison’s accusation (implied) that Mark Ufkes was opposing the Burien annexation solely to make a personal fortune through buying up land and then having the prices go up with annexation to Seattle (you make your own conclusions). Robison accused Ufkes of buying “invested close to million dollars of single family properties” in white center in the hopes of seeing the property rise if annexed to Seattle. (On audio tape at 48 min 40 sec)
Mr. Ufkes’ reply was restrained and gentlemanly, explaining that the properties were only two – the one he and his family live in and the next door property in which other family members reside. So how does one person buying a house next door constitute the threat of millionaire land deals through politics? An innuendo based upon a lie.
It is unfortunate that this event was marred by such vile and unnecessary mudslinging tactics. This was an exhibition of tactlessness by a sitting Burien Councilmember.
“Draw your own conclusions.”
– Chuck Rangel
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