Letters to the Editor

Misleading us to one way

It is a disgusting outrage that city officials used illegal means to obtain their wishes and mislead the public concerning the downtown renovations. Then you have people like Gerry Oliver who support the council’s uninformed decisions by making statements using the same research tactics as certain members: None whatsoever!

Councilman Rick Almberg continues with the same excuses that people did not want them to do any studies. Are these the same people who came up with the statistics on who are supporting their one way decision? It is not only the wish of over 90 percent of the downtown merchants but also merchants across the country to not be on a one way street. Not to mention all the problems Councilmen Dudley and many merchants and building owners have concerns with.

None of which have been resolved. But still Rick Alberg and Jim Palmer continue to push the issue, even spending another possible $180,000 just to talk to the downtown merchants due to their mishandling on the whole situation. They still have no clue what services this company will provide nor the first cost. Just that they did not follow through with the contract on the first $30,000 spent.

If you don’t have all the facts, you should get them, because who do you think is paying for this “modest $4.5 million” (Russ Pabarcus, city engineer, Whidbey News-Times, April 9, 2009) project now over $8.43 million and climbing.

It’s just the first of many misleading statements made by the city and Mayor Jim Slowik.

Les Bense

Oak Tree Antiques

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