Letter to editor: Council shouldn’t be ‘guilt-tripped’ into Harbor Square decision
At the City Council meeting of January 29th, I was reminded what some mothers – supposedly – say to encourage their children to eat vegetables, “Eat your (fill in your choice of vegetable) or I’ll kill myself”.
Obviously, the mother has no intention of committing suicide, but is trying to ‘Guilt Trip’ their children into eating something they don’t like.
Over the past several weeks the rhetoric of the supporters of the Harbor Square Master Plan has changed from the constant reminders of the benefits of the Port’s proposed plan, to stating that by opposing the HSMP one is being disrespectful/insulting to the City’s staff and the people who volunteered their time and have spent thousands of man hours over the past few years. Like the mothers trying to get their children to eat what they don’t like, the HSMP supporters are trying to ‘Guilt Trip’ the Council Members into voting for the proposed Comp Plan amendment.
The consultants, the Port’s staff and the City’s staff, who worked on the HSMP in the preparing the HSMP for review by you, the Council Members, have received compensation for their efforts and time. They have been acknowledged and thanked by all who have reviewed this Comp Plan amendment. These people are permanent employees and have other important work on which to focus their efforts.
The citizens who have volunteered their time and input to the development of the HSMP have also been acknowledged and thanked. Edmonds has plenty of other issues that need their attention.
If any person feels that their efforts have been disrespected or have been insulted by those who have spent a great deal of time and effort researching and presenting opposing opinions – Welcome to municipal politics. The HSMP has brought to center stage the best and the worst that democracy has to offer.
As for the Mayor’s comments about this “opportunity” possibly being wasted – well not to worry, Harbor Square isn’t going anywhere. If the Port decides to simply sell the property to a developer, and they every right to do so (albeit the voters might disagree), the new owner will be back in front of, the City Council, with their proposed plan(s) and a brand new opportunity.
The point is that to openly ‘Guilt Trip’ elected representatives into voting one way or the other – like the mother trying to get their children to eat vegetables – is an act of desperation.
To the members of City Council – don’t do the people’s business out of desperation or be ‘Guilt Tripped’ into casting a vote against your better judgment.