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Writer responds to December editorial
While reading your recent editorial (Council turns deaf ear to
business owner, 12/30/99) I was reminded of the North Bend Christmas party
when Mayor Joan, who was leading the singing, said to the group, "we may not
be good, but we're loud!"
I won't debate you over the merits of the council's decision. If
anyone wants to learn about it, they have only to review the council meeting
videotape or, better still, drive by the property in question and take a look
for themselves. Rather, your editorial raised two new concerns I'd like
to bring to your attention.
Your editorial accuses the council of making a decision "without all
the information necessary to make an informed decision," yet in reference
to yourself, you write, "I don't fully understand the complete issue but
intend to thoroughly review it over the next few weeks." Isn't this a bit like the
pot calling the kettle black? Perhaps your review should have taken place
before you wrote the editorial. When a person buys ink by the barrel and
paper by the ton, they don't have to be good. After all, they're loud.
Next you say, "The vote in itself can be considered irresponsible and
a slap in the face to local business owners." What does the fact that this
individual is a business owner have to do with the fact that his property is out
of compliance with city codes? If the person in question were an
African-American, would you accuse the council of being racist? I'm sure that
responsible business owners regret the connection you made between
them and the situation in question.
North Bend City Council