LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘What a highly inappropriate action by a Mayor!’

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[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:]

To the B-Town Blog,

On Friday I received a large (8 1/2” x 10”) full-color postcard entitled “Vote for Burien!” It listed the names of four candidates together with two contrasting images, one was dystopian, one utopian. The clear implication was that you’d be “punished” by getting the Burien of the “dark” vision if you did not vote for the named slate.

This unseemly piece of propaganda listed Lucy Krakowiak as the “top contributor and sponsor”. Our mayor! What a highly inappropriate action by a mayor!

I looked at the Mayor and Councilmember Handbook published by the Association of Washington Cities with “Practical advice, helpful pointers from other Washington mayors.”

This professional publication listed the following tips:

  • “Use the dignity of your office to help the community get past contentious issues.”
  • “Don’t be stampeded into action by the strong demands of special interest groups. Your job is to find the long-term public interest of the entire community, and you may be hearing from a vocal minority.”
  • “Mayors take the lead in representing their local government to those from outside the community who are interested in joint ventures – including other local governments, regional organizations, and federal and state government representatives. In this area, mayors promote a favorable image of their local government and pursue resources that will benefit the community.”

I am offended by our Mayor’s action, and I think it extremely unprofessional and counterproductive for our community.

Sybil Davis, M.A.
Former Arts Commissioner
current volunteer for Burien Arts Association
and guest teacher for the Highline School District

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