Editor, the VOICE
I am tired of the slander being thrown around our city of Black Diamond with regard to the upcoming election. I have personally seen and heard candidates unwilling to tell the whole story, stretch the truth and tell out and out lies to encourage support for themselves and their constituents. I'm particularly outraged at the rhetoric supplied from the letter by Brian and Leslie Weber.
Where did they get their facts? Tell the truth please. The assault on Bill Roth is ridiculous as is the assault on his wife Shari, who is on the Planning Commission. Why is it wrong to be on the Planning Commission? Sounds like a person who cares about the community and wants to be involved. Campaign contributions are listed on the PDC website. Bill Roth recommended that citizens attend the Yarrow Bay Open House last weekend - I personally came away with some great information. Their "evidence" of Bill's ties to Yarrow Bay is non-existent and consistent with residents who have "the sky is falling" mentality. Slander and rhetoric make for a good story, especially when it's delivered to a person who may not be well informed.
The city has already spent more than $45,000 on attorney fees to face appeals that have been overturned. I personally would rather see that money go toward bringing back police officers in Black Diamond. Special interest groups could put the City of Black Diamond into bankruptcy by taking a "stop progress at any cost" attitude. What happens if the city goes bankrupt? We get absorbed by Maple Valley or Covington and become an extension of their poor planning and strip malls. That's when we all really lose everything that Black Diamond has ever stood for. And by the way, if you're going to vote for someone who "consistently cared for Black Diamond" then you better leave out Dave Gordon. I don't think he has participated in any city activity until he was asked to run for Mayor (you might want to ask him how he came to be a candidate).
Unfortunately most residents will not take the time to find out the truth about what may or may not happen with the Master Planned Development. I think if they look at the safeguards that were put into place by current and former Planning Commission Members and City Council members they will see that we have much more control than the nay-sayers are willing to admit to. What we need is a dedicated Mayor who will be available when needed and not someone who views the position as a sideline whose work can be done outside of their normal 40hr per week job. We need a City Council with diversified viewpoints who are willing to work together to ensure the City is taken care of. My vote goes to Rebecca Olness for Mayor and Bill Roth, Shawn Ogelsbee and Patrick Nelson for City Council. We need some level heads at the helm.