To the Editor
September 17, 2013
Government shouldn’t operate in secrecy
Regarding The Issaquah Press article “Issaquah hoodwinks Sammamish Plateau Sewer and Water District customers,” we should all be disappointed.
‘’Democracies die behind closed doors,’’ wrote Judge Damon J. Keith, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, in a ruling handed down in 2002 regarding secret visa courts.
The citizens of Issaquah have the right to know that their government is conducting their business fairly and lawfully so when our mayor and City Council undertake the sort of deceptive practices described in the article, we should all be furious.
Apparently, they didn’t want us to know the whole truth about our aquifer, the Lower Reid Injection Gallery or the possible takeover of Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District infrastructure inside the city of Issaquah. No, they only wanted us to know their version of the truth, and their conduct clearly demonstrates that we need to know more than they are telling us.
According to Judge Keith, ‘’When government begins closing doors, it selectively controls information rightfully belonging to the people. Selective information is misinformation.’’
What else are they hiding from us, and why?
We should all be taking note that this deceptive behavior was with the full knowledge of our mayor. How can she possibly think that this is good government?
I expect better and so should you.
Why does city get final say?
Why couldn’t you consider the amount of theft that occurs to proprietors, who give jobs, service, goods to all of us instead of preferring the ideology of controlling our private actions and activities?
Why couldn’t you respect customers, who don’t live in Issaquah city limits, but are forced to adhere to shortsighted control of a partisan City Council.
Why can’t you respect rights of citizens to choose? Maybe we want products in a clean bag, not one used over and over and left in the trunk of a car. The power occurring by few shouting exaggerated dogma about plastic bags is reported unfairly.
How did we ever lose so much freedom that a City Council decides such minute details of our lives?