Letter to the editor: Mike Nelson embodies spirit of public service

Dear Editor, 

Like many longtime Edmonds residents, we wish to preserve the charm of the downtown core, and the natural beauty of the marsh and our beaches. We also celebrate the diversity of our town: once referred to by local residents as “Deadmonds” due to its sleepiness and homogeneity. As Christians, we care very much about the welfare of the poorer members of our society, and those newly arrived from other cities or countries. Their needs and opinions are as important as our own.

It is ironic that city officials who are public servants would develop the downtown core in ways that are not consistent with the small town feeling that we wish to preserve. Proposals to move the library in order to build yet more commercial space and condos, or to build a massive concrete overpass down to our beaches offer great revenue to private developers, but at the cost of destroying our natural beauty and non-commercial civic spaces. In these times of inequality and climate change, it is vital to elect leaders who prioritize preserving our natural environment and creating a community with resources for members at every socioeconomic level.

Mike Nelson is the mayoral candidate who best embodies the spirit of public service. As a city councilmember he has sought to proactively protect our environment. He will prioritize the daylighting of Willow Creek to bring back salmon and help our dying orcas thrive. He wants to maximize the marsh’s natural function as a stormwater filter: increasingly necessary as our population expands. Mike worked with council to pass a resolution to move Edmonds toward renewable energy. He also opposed the waterfront connector for over a year before the Save Edmonds Beach group brought it to the public’s attention. He has stated his desire to prioritize developing the 99 corridor, which has great potential to be revitalized for the many families who find the cost of living in the downtown core prohibitive. Mike is sincere in his aims for all residents of Edmonds. He has a proven track record in the areas of his campaign promises, and has the background and experience to lead our city toward these goals. We hope that citizens who share our concerns will consider voting for Mike Nelson for our next mayor.

Sincerely,
Dr. Andrew Perry and Kassie Goforth

13 Replies to “Letter to the editor: Mike Nelson embodies spirit of public service”

  1. Thank you, a very nice posting, and those are positive reasons to vote for Mike Nelson. My opinion for those that move to Seattle and Edmonds, is that they should be able to afford to live here. We should help people that become homeless in Edmonds that have lived here for at least 10 years. We should not have programs that encourage people to move here from anywhere. We could assist seniors when they retire if they need some guidance. Some may need to sell their home to downsize, or move into an apartment. Edmonds and Seattle are expensive places to live. If we can not afford to live here, it would be time to move to another part of the country, where living expenses are a fraction of what they are here. We are a small city that does not have the funds to take care of homeless. Let us not encourage people to move here. Behind Westgate Chapel we again have a Camper that has been there for at least 4 weeks, in the last few days we also have an additional car and truck. That needs to end. If you think I am harsh, I live a few homes from the camper. In the past we have put up with a lot of garbage around the campers. No one in Edmonds would want a camper parked in front of their home. If you do not have a problem with homeless on your block, please put a note with your address on the windshield of the camper. But before you do, drive down I-5 to Seattle and then come back home. Tent cities everywhere. Our new Mayor will need to do what is best for people that live here.

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  2. Homelessness is a national problem and will require a national solution if it is ever totally solved. Substance abuse and the $10.00/Hr. (two to four jobs required to survive) economy will not allow for any sort of solution coming from either of our Mayoral candidates. Edmonds police will increasingly be hamstrung as to what to do with these camping on public and private lands folks; just like the Seattle police are hamstrung and given no viable solutions to help these people. As long as the emergency ward and jail are almost the only choices there will be no solutions. Adding gasoline to this fire is the destruction of millions of jobs in the retail industry as a result of online purchasing and the coming of self driving trucks which will put millions more out of work and on the road to potential homelessness. There are no easy answers. On top of this we have chosen to drive our national debt up exponentially so billionaires can have tax cuts they aren’t even asking for.

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    1. Clinton,

      I don’t agree that Seattle police are hamstrung and given no viable solutions to help the homeless. They DO offer assistance, as the City of Seattle has approximately $68 million budgeted to help the homeless. The ones you see on the street are characterized as homeless, but are really addicts and those with untreated mental illnesses who have refused help. If you watched Seattle is Dying, you’ll see what I mean.

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  3. Solving the homeless problem for the motivated is one thing and there are some resources for those people as you indicate. I’ve done some charity work with some of those folks and their resourcefulness at putting what amounts to social band aids on their wounds is worthy of a Road’s Scholars wisdom and perseverance. The addicted and/or the mentally ill (often unmotivated or unable to solve their own problems) are the ones who are bounced to and from jail and the emergency facilities. I see that Snohomish County Jail is trying to address some treatment for inmates which is at least a laudable attempt to help some of those arrested for drugs in our communities. Based on today’s Crosscut, Homelessness is the biggest issue in the Seattle City Council elections. Money to help the helpless is the is the central bone of contention of course with the usual pretty much useless ideological dogmas fueling the flames.

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    1. What is it that you would call the usual dogma fueling the flames? And If money is a solution, how much money is needed? If money is only part of the solution, is there a cure for homelessness, or are we trying to do some “good” for some that really do not what help. All my questions are for the homeless problem in Seattle.

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  4. One political side says these are no good lazy people with no self control who could solve their own problems and find housing if they just got off their lazy self centered substance addicted posteriors. I.e. a problem of the individual that can only be solved by the individual. Society can’t help.

    The other political side says that these people are victims of circumstances beyond their control and they need to be supported in all their needs/wants by the more fortunate of society. Society can help.

    The answers, of course, are somewhere in the middle as the answers in a free Democracy usually are and they will not be simple or cheap. As I’ve pointed out many times here, you and I will be paying money one way or another to take care of these people. You can buy jails, guards and warehouses, and more emergency room beds or you can buy treatment centers, group homes and mental health treatment centers and public employment programs. Or, I guess, like Hitler, you can build concentration, death and slave camps to house people who don’t measure up to the task of taking care of themselves or don’t match the profile of perfect citizens in the collective mind of the ruling class.

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  5. Just for the record, wasn’t trying to be logical. I was suggesting that, that was one example of how the problem of too many mouths to feed and a failed economy was solved in a society where the traditional value systems were replaced with ethnic cleansing theories and the dictatorship of a psychopath who was elected in a free election by the desperate masses (high inflation, not enough jobs, etc.). We are fortunate in that so far we don’t have a failed economy and we can deal humanely with the homelessness crisis if we choose to come up with some answers that work, or at least make things better for us all. My other point is that the extreme polarization of our politics with ideological theory being debated endlessly does nothing to solve our practical problems as a society. Roughly 33% of us are to the extreme right politically and 33% to the extreme left, with the 33% of us in the middle left to solve all the problems while the Egg Heads at Fox News and MSNBC debate the theories of the perfect society into the ground. My answer is to make substance abuse the disease that scientists say it is, decriminalize sale and use for all except supply to minors under 21, and build some treatment centers and temporary housing facilities where the police can force people to go to get help. If you choose to live in a tent in a public place, we are going to take you to treatment or jail, your choice, but you can’t live and relieve yourselves on our streets and in our parks. I’m curious to know what your solution is, Mr. Williams?

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  6. I feel that a lot of these non profit organizations that are helping homeless are really just making careers out of it and not getting a good return on investment- (as in lives changed – chronic addiction, etc.) with the money spent. I wish we could duplicate this non-profit called mobile loaves and fishes based out of Texas. (mlf.org)

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  7. I see we have pretty much totally left the topic of the Letter to Editor and Mike Nelson. I agree with the author of the letter about Mike and I also think the same holds true for his opponent, Mr. Tibbott. These are both good men, in my opinion , and we are in pretty good hands either way I think. There has been much nastiness and accusations of law breaking and unfitness for office toward both these guys, and it needs to stop after Tuesday, in my opinion. Good luck to both, and may the best man win.

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    1. Clinton, Mike and Neil are quite diametric. The only thing they have in common is that they were both Pro-Connector (Mike Nelson chaired the committee that created the idea even), and now they both oppose the idea.

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  8. Matt, to me Mike represents more of a new approach to Edmonds politics, while Niel is more of a supporter of the status quo or politics as usual. Neither approach is necessarily right or wrong, just a matter of personal preference I think. As you point out, they both had the wisdom to listen to the people on abadonning the ill thought out Connector which bodes well for us as I think.

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