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The holidays are here, even if we are not ready for them. A familiar sight will be the Salvation Army bell ringers at various locations around our community.
There will be some who will criticize and/or be annoyed by these views because they are worn out by the politics. They will say that it is too divisive to put political views out there.
I think the post-election analysis is very telling: apparently the “Silent Majority” in America had finally had enough and Trump (granted not the best solution) managed to get them riled up enough to stand up and start to roar.
As you know, recently we elected Donald J. Trump as our 45th president. Donald is a Republican and this signifies a big swing in the government from Democratic to Republican.
Council members (Pat)Pepper, (Brian) Weber and (Erika) Morgan are at it again, this time both violating labor law and expressing disrespect for our Black Diamond Police Department.
I am writing this in favor of the Kent School District Capital Improvement andSchool Construction Bond. As a parent of a high school student who has been inKent schools since kindergarten, I have seen my son and his friends grow andlearn from a community of dedicated educational professionals.
There have been no TV ads about voting for U.S. Supreme Court Justices. So how can you “vote” for these important keepers of justice? The next president will appoint at least one, maybe three, justices. Their decisions will influence the course of our nation for decades – long after the current presidential candidates are gone.
I am writing in support of the 2016 Kent School District Bond. If the measure passes, all schools in the Covington area will see needed improvements with the largest of course being a new Covington Elementary School designed to serve the growing Covington community.
Black Diamond didn’t need reform before the Save Black Diamond council members (Brian) Weber and (Pat) Pepper were elected, but Black Diamond needs it now!
I read letter published on March 10 from D. Phillip Miller complaining of our representatives (Jay Rodne, Chad Magendanz) actions to reverse initiative 594. I was compelled after reading this to offer opposing opinion supporting these brave legislators.
Voting on the Maple Valley Parks Bond is like buying a new car. The dealership shows me a shiny new car with all of the bells and whistles. Then, they give me the bad news that this particular car can only be purchased as a package deal.
To the Black Diamond community, we thank you. Our food bank has never been so full, which means we can continue to serve anyone who needs food. We have also been able to give out more gas vouchers, Puget Sound Energy assistance, and so much other emergency assistance.
Much emotion and concerted effort has gone into political posturing and lawsuits by citizens of Black Diamond who seem to be in a panic over our master planned development.
It is understandable that the candidates who lost last year’s landslide election in Black Diamond would be disappointed, but it is wrong for them to try to derail and disrupt the will of the voters.
A recent letter to The Reporter from Chuck Miller questioned the Tahoma School District’s school construction plans. Thank you for the opportunity to respond and clarify the school district’s actions and intent.
YarrowBay and the city of Black Diamond entered into development agreements which required the city to hire a consultant to perform a study regarding General Governmental Facilities Charges (“GFC’s,” such as a City Hall, police department, municipal court, public works facility, etc.), so that the city could establish “GFC mitigation fee rates” to be imposed on new development. There was a deadline in the agreements for the work to take place, as well as the adoption of the GFC fees.
Some people are attacking volunteers for getting involved in local issues. This is a tactic that serves to scare the public. Don’t request public records from the city - the mayor might be upset that you are questioning her. The staff might complain that you are taking their time.
I have lived in Black Diamond my whole life. My parents were from here. My cousin, Vivian Bainton, served as mayor back in the 80’s. I raised a family here. One of my daughters in particular has gotten deeply involved in the area and in Save Black Diamond.
The nonprofit Maple Valley Library Guild needs donations of books, DVDs, CDs and video games to continue its ongoing book sales and its two yearly book/media sales.
Black Diamond mayor wastes time and money and refuses to follow the will of people | Letter to the Editor
At the Feb. 18 meeting of the Black Diamond City Council the mayor was at it again. She engaged aggressively in debate against City Council members. She complained hostilely to council member Brian Weber just for coming prepared with something written down that he wanted to say.
Rodne and Magendanz do not represent the will of the people on background checks for guns | Letter to the Editor
On Feb. 20, I attended the “town hall” in Maple Valley convened by state representatives Jay Rodne and Chad Magendanz. Last week’s slaughter of four members of a family by a suicidal man near Belfair in Mason County reminded me that both Rodne and Magendanz supported a bill (HB 1245) in Olympia that would repeal I-594, the universal background check for gun sales supported by a strong majority of Washington voters. In fact, Jay Rodne is a sponsor of the bill.
I am extremely disappointed in both the (Tahoma School) district and the board. They asked us for a levy to build a new high school and remodel some others. It was passed although those of us on fixed incomes can’t afford it.
A type of dictatorship has taken over Black Diamond government. The organization “Save Black Diamond,” led by Brian Derdowski and Kristen Bryant, both from (outside Black Diamond), have been very successful in costing the city taxpayers a lot of money.
Last week as my daughter and I walked our 11-month old puppy along the Lake Wilderness trail, she was viciously attacked by an aggressive dog whose young owner was incapable of controlling it.
Last November I was part of a crowd of people pleading with Mayor (Carol) Benson and the Black Diamond City Council to make growth pay for growth by finalizing a fee that developer YarrowBay (now Crown) had already agreed to pay if only the city finalized it.
I am writing about an article published in the Enumclaw Courier Herald called “School bond won’t pay for all high school upgrades.”
Some points from the last Feb. 4 Black Diamond Council meeting. While having a quorum on a council committee may not be illegal if properly noticed per RCW 42.30, there are still serious conflicts of interest if this were to actually occur in the small town of Black Diamond.
I have had an email conversation with a person regarding my expressed anger during two separate comment periods before the Black Diamond City Council. Anger has become the unpardonable sin in America.
The rule changes didn’t split the Black Diamond City Council, as you reported; the election did.
Black Diamond’s new council members are doing all the right things, but their opponents from the election are wasting time and taxpayer money trying to disrupt them. With sour grapes after their endorsed candidates lost last fall, in a landslide election, some are trying to keep doing business the old way.
With so much attention being given to the growing number of people with Alzheimer’s disease in Washington state, I’m grateful that our Congressman, Dave Reichert, has cosponsored a bill that will help them and their families.
Council changes disregard attorney and insurance carrier’s concerns and advise | Letter to the Editor
In 2012 the voters of Black Diamond voted to maintain the form of government it now has, the mayor-council form of government. At the Jan. 21st City Council meeting the new majority on the City Council made sweeping changes to this form of government by passing a simple resolution to amend the council rules and procedures.
I attended the city of Black Diamond council meeting on Thursday, Jan. 7. I must say I was quite shocked at what transpired during that meeting.
At Jan. 7 Black Diamond City Council meeting, like a child who didn’t get her way, the mayor seemed to say “I’m taking my marbles and I’m going home.” Rather than let the city move forward with business when she expected she wouldn’t agree with the council’s vote on simple items, she pulled most things off the agenda.
The parks bond in its current form has some projects that have great appeal and some that potentially can result in the bonds failure. Thus I feel a revision is necessary to ensure passage. The bond should be itemized so the voter can choose which projects to support.
At the outset I wish it to be clear that the following is my opinion, not necessarily that of my wife, Black Diamond Council member Janie Edelman.
Every year at this time the Black Diamond Community Center gets hundreds of applications from parents and grandparents who need help providing Christmas gifts for their kids and/or grandchildren.