Opinion

Actions speak louder than words

Dear Mr. Sims,

I am amazed at how your re-election statements on page 22 of the State of Washington Voters Pamphlet are completely opposite to your actions. I'll explain.

You make four bulleted statements in the pamphlet.

First, you state that you have "taken action to address traffic congestion." I think I can spare readers the lecture. Just go drive on any interstate, highway or anywhere during the week and they'll find that one laughable. What action have you taken to "fix" it? Addressing it is meaningless.

Second, you state that you have "worked to protect our environment." Then why are you allowing an environmentally damaging plan to proceed that would be the largest gravel mine in Washington to happen on top of this region's biggest and most needed aquifer? According to your 2000 comprehensive plan, the mine would be in an area designated "highly susceptible to groundwater contamination" (www.metrokc.gov/exec-/orpp/-compplan/2000/#chater4). And did you forget that Cadman breached the Monroe aquifer and permanently lowered the water level in '93? Your actions completely conflict your words.

Third, you state you've "pursued effective growth management strategies." Back to the mine: What do you think the big foreign company (Cadman) plans to do with all its concrete, asphalt and cement for the next 25 years? I'm not a concrete guy, but I assume it's to keep building! Allowing this mine paves the way for, well, lots and lots of pavement. How does that "address" our traffic issue?

The biggest untruth is fourth. You say that you have "ensured the health, safety and well being of our kids and families." So then why do you continue to ignore vehement protests from the [Snoqualmie Valley School District] superintendent, the environmentalists, businesses and parents about the horrific traffic conditions the Grouse Ridge mine will have on Exit 34, even after a community organization paid for a school traffic study and shared the dangerous conclusion with you? Did you not see the picture of a Cadman gravel truck's trailer that crushed a car load of students trying to go to school on a September morning? Cascadegateway.org has the vivid photo.

Mr. Sims, you are an eloquent speaker, but are you an effective leader? Zero-for-4 makes me think I should vote for some other guy!

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