Writer rebuts letter sent in last week
October 3, 2008 · Updated 2:21 AM
The Sept. 2 letter to the editor by Cheryl McDonald continues
the negative, misleading and malicious statements used by Dave
Irons Jr. and his supporters in an attempt to discredit
Councilman Brian Derdowski. Before accepting these statements,
look at the facts.
Roads - With the rapid growth of recent years, of
course traffic is worse. But Councilman Derdowski votes against
developments that don't meet traffic standards and has delivered
35% of the county's road budget to our district.
Rural Lifestyle - Rapid development is eroding the
rural lifestyle, but Councilman Derdowski's opposition to bad
developments has limited the erosion.
Schools - Contrary to the contentions, Councilman
Derdowski has supported all school levies. In addition, he
sponsored a study that showed that it would be practical to
obtain more school money from higher new development impact fees.
Phone Calls - Yes, Councilman Derdowski does answer
phone calls, but, with the volume of calls he receives due to his
known effectiveness, there are often delays as he answers his
Taxes _ During Councilman Derdowski's term in office,
the county property tax rate has gone down. During Dave Irons
Jr.'s term on the school board, Issaquah School District property
tax rate has gone up. In addition, Councilman Derdowski has
assisted many people with their tax appeals.
The FBI "Investigation" - Apparently a
politically motivated accusation was made to the FBI. The
accusation involved alleged pressure by Councilman Derdowski to
pressure the Issaquah School District into hiring his wife (who
is perfectly content in her job with the Kent School District).
After an initial look at the allegations, the FBI determined the
complaint had no merit.
Yard Signs - If the Derdowski yard signs are so bad,
why is Dave Irons Jr. copying them?
After wading through all the Irons' propaganda, I have failed
to find one concrete idea of what he would do on the council.
Stay with the proven record of Councilman Derdowski's
KENNETH P. McCARTY North Bend