LETTER: New council should pull Burien out of the Potential Annexation Area
[EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:]
I have a dream that one day our elected officials will actually do what the people want them to do. I have a dream that the will of the people will take precedence over the desires of the rich and powerful. I have a dream that the people can live in peace knowing that their elected officials are looking out for their best interests.
A year and a half ago the people of Area Y (White Center) said NO to annexation 2 to 1. The three Burien City Council Members who supported annexation and were up for reelection this last November are all gone. The people have spoken. They have said NO to annexation. Even Seattle recognizes that annexation makes no economic sense.
I know that the people I have talked to are more anti-annexation now then they were before this all started. We are an intensely independent freedom loving lot here. Any new attempt at annexation would be an insult and just make us angry. Many think it’s over. It should be over.
If this new council truly represents change they would be well advised to pull Burien out of the PAA (Potential Annexation Area). By doing so they would send a clear message to the people that they have listened. It would reassure its citizens that they have no intention of wasting another half million dollars on another ill-fated attempt at annexation for the foreseeable future. It would force future councils to start from square one and remind them that annexation was incredibly unpopular. This would also send a clear message to those at county and state levels of government that the City of Burien will no longer be their stooge.
It’s time for us to tell the City of Burien to pull out of the PAA and end annexation for good. Here’s a quick way to tell them what you think: http://www.burienwa.gov/index.aspx?NID=75
I want to send a big THANK YOU to all of you who are helping end this fight.
Let’s make this dream happen!
- Patrick LeMoine
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