Letter to the Editor: Janet Way is a leader dedicated to our past, present, and future

Monday, October 31, 2011

To the Editor:

Every city should have government and decision making that is truly responsible to all of its citizens, listens to their concerns, is open, transparent and accountable. It should be cognizant of the short term good as well as the long range benefit of actions. It should protect small businesses and residents with average incomes as well as the well off. It should make decisions that support livability in its many forms. When called for it should study new ways of doing things.

Janet Way has demonstrated many times over that she believes in these things and commits herself to following through on them. She has many successes to her credit due to her organizational skills and foresight. She organized a neighborhood and spearheaded the restoration of Paramount Park Open Area saving it from development. She was instrumental in forging environmental design in the Aljoya Thornton Place development at Northgate which was not only beautiful but provided habitat, flood control downstream, and clean water entering Lake Washington. It took a number of years, but she persisted. Democracy is messy.

Her current passion is preserving and promoting our heritage within plans for the new Town Center. She does her homework and makes sure how the issues are going to affect the city's growth, the environment, small businesses, and the homeowner. She has an extensive and impressive list of contacts. Shoreline is indeed fortunate to have a candidate of this caliber, a leader dedicated to our past, present, and future.

Vicki Westberg


Anonymous,  November 1, 2011 at 9:19 AM  

I disagree with this description. I sat in on a few of those Council meetings (before she was ousted)and saw quite the opposite. There was a reason that people recruited Doris McConnell to run against Janet. Cog in the wheel would be a better term.

Anonymous,  November 1, 2011 at 6:17 PM  

To Anonymous 9:19am: You are "mis-remembering"... Doris was recruited to run against Maggie Fimia, not Janet, who was defeated by Will Hall and Patty Hale double teaming against her in a 3-way primary race. Your memory is as far off as your position. Janet Way is a true leader, something lacking in some on the current council, especially Doris.

DD Advocates November 1, 2011 at 10:46 PM  

I don't live in Shoreline but am there very often since my son lives at Fircrest. Even prior to his residence there, we were in Shoreline often and I feel it is my second home. The changes that have transpired are not only beautiful but are sustainable - with much thanks to Janet Way.

I also greatly appreciate her passion in caring for our most vulnerable citizens. Janet is aware of the issues, she engages with real people and has integrity. If I had a vote, my vote would be for Janet.

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