I was moved by Alicia Crank’s letter describing her feelings during and after the campaign. As a minority myself, I know what it is like to be discriminated against. But it is what we do with what life has handed you and what you do along your life’s journey that defines who and what you are. For instance, I was “tracked” in high school and placed in secretarial classes because I was not considered college material. This practice was common back then — 1960s — if one was financially disadvantaged and a minority. So I spent a year at a junior college making up all the classes I should have had in high school before being admitted into nursing school. Never once did I or my family allow me to see myself as a victim. I worked hard and graduated. I hold two master’s degrees.
I come from a family of Democrats. My father immigrated from Mexico at 16 and became a U.S. citizen 25 years after applying. He was a product of the Depression and loved President Roosevelt. He was, and I am, a Jack Kennedy kind of Dem. “Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You, But What You Can Do For Your Country.” I served as Democrat Precinct Committee Officer for Edmonds 35 for five years, and Executive Recording Sec for the 21st Leg. District Dems. I got tired of being told that I had to vote the party way. I got tired of the “Herd of Minds” all going in the same direction and expecting me to follow. I choose to think for myself. I’m blessed that I live in this beautiful country — warts and all — and have the right to vote! It appears that being Progressive seems to have taken on a position of “If you don’t think and do like me, you’re a racist.” Enough with that nonsense. What happened to civility? We seem to have lost that ability. Let us respect opposing points of view. Agree to disagree, collaborate and find common ground.
Although, I appreciated some of the things Ms. Crank said, I did not vote for her. I was extremely bothered by her resume. wondered how does a person who has served and is serving on so many boards really do the position and work justice? I was honored to be appointed to serve on our State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission’s Advisory Board a few years back. This one position required an enormous amount of time, research, writing — work! At the same time I was working to pass a bill with our state Legislature I had written to help safeguard the health of school-age children while at school. It took eight years. Gov. Inslee signed it into law in 2017. I could not have served on multiple boards such as the ones Ms. Crank outlines in her resume at the same time and contribute in a meaningful way to any of them. I wanted to hear from her that she was not simply a name on a board, not padding her resume, but what she had accomplished for the people she served while on these many boards. I would hope Ms. Crank had not been appointed to serve because she was a minority, to make the board look diverse. How insulting and demeaning to be appointed to anything because of the color of our skin. This is what I consider racism, an insult. I/we are not pawns to be used by others to make them feel “inclusive.” I was therefore offended by the Nov. 14 article written by Erin Ornes. I believe the majority of our Edmonds community is better than that.
As for who should be appointed to fill the vacant seat, I believe the decision should be based on the applicant’s qualifications, independence, and experience — not on their allegiance to a political party or intractable ideology.
Theresa Campa Hutchison