I recently traveled to Berlin, Germany where I visited just a few of the many museums that provide a stark reminder of what East German life was like during the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s when government decided where you live, how you live and what you could say.
Through all of government’s great ideas on how life should be lead in a socialist society, it is clear that the one thing they forgot about was the people and what they wanted.
In some ways, Edmonds is a divided city. On one side there are citizens who have lived here a long time — some born here, lived their whole life here — and they like the kind of city we have — its culture, its character and most of all its small town atmosphere.
On the other side, Edmonds is being required by the Growth Management Act, a law written in 1990, to make room for more people and that requires sacrifices of those living here to help pay for making room for more people who have no stake in Edmonds and maybe don’t even want to live here.
Could the 1990 legislature be so smart that they knew what people would want in the year 2000, or 2010 or even 2020? We didn’t even have smartphones, Uber or flat screen TVs then.
Does the Growth Management Act make the same mistakes the socialists made in East Germany — forgetting what the people want?
Also: What good is a Diversity Commission if we can’t have a diversity of opinion?
And furthermore: What does the Edmonds City Council feel about Heroin Injection Sites? They have been asked, but refuse to put it on their agenda.