Letter to the Editor: Getting answers from the candidates

Sunday, October 15, 2017

To the Editor,

Last week, I formulated questions for Shoreline's City Council candidates, and attended two candidate forums. At the first, the organizers would not accept questions for specific candidates - only general questions, and only on index cards, and the moderator would decide which questions were "appropriate".

I had brought a question for a specific candidate, and it would definitely not fit on an index card, so I was silenced on two counts.   

But hope springs eternal, so I attended a second forum, with a printed question in hand. I was allowed to put it in the pile for the moderator, but she chose not to ask it. Silenced again.

The upcoming Chamber of Commerce forum will not allow audience questions at all.

The candidate forum formats are extremely disempowering. I wish the organizers would find a way to make them more inclusive, and to remove moderator bias from the equation.

In the meantime, I'm trying again here. Here are my two questions, and I hope the candidates will answer them:

1) for all candidates:

Seattle has a huge problem with street-dwelling heroin addicts. This is a public health and safety disaster, due to the crime required to support a heroin habit, as well as needle litter and human waste in Seattle's public spaces.

How will you ensure that this problem does not take hold in Shoreline?

2) for Jin-Ah Kim:

Three months ago, a Q13 article entitled "Former heroin addict runs for shoreline city council"  quoted you as saying this about active heroin addicts:

"There’s this huge group of people that literally woke up broke every day, and were rich by noon. Every single day. These are the people that can get things done. Use them,"

How, exactly, would you mobilize practicing heroin addicts to solve our city's problems?

Maggie Willson


Anonymous,  October 16, 2017 at 1:03 AM  

When you hear the word "Harm Reduction" applied to any social problem, know this, it comes from bunk science, quackery, and fringe academics. These "harm reduction" theorists have quite bit in common with anti-vaxxers, flat earthers and chem-trail conspiracy theorists.

This is what the lunatic "harm reduction" theorists have brought us recently.

"Knowingly exposing others to HIV will no longer be a felony in California" (This also applies to people donating blood who knowingly have HIV)
(10/06/17 - LA Times)

"As Compromise To Female Genital Mutilation, Gynecologists Propose ‘Nicks’" (2/23/16 - HuffPo)

Over the past couple of years there has been article after article from these whack-job, third wave feminist, gender studies degree holders that pedophiles should be given images, dolls, "sims" like video games so they have an outlet for their sick perversions because in the mind of a "harm reductionist" this somehow makes sense.

These are the people who have infiltrated the realm of public health and public policy. It's frightening what they're capable of and how much power these people have.

And don't even get me started on the "People's Harm Reduction Alliance". They use the LGBTQ+ community as a scapegoat to push their policies and are determined to keep outdated, evangelical stereotypes from the 80's alive to justify their organization's existence and public funding.

I guarantee you, this "highly-motivated" population of people who wake up broke and are rich by noon, will be on planes, trains, buses, and automobiles making their way to Seattle to live on the streets in a city with fairly temperate weather, where they know they're not going to get arrested or incarcerated for using this illicit, deadly, highly-addictive drug, and they know it's going to be easily accessible to buy on the streets, and they know their debilitating habit is going to be coddled, enabled, and encouraged via policy.

Anonymous,  October 16, 2017 at 8:38 AM  

Maggie - you weren't "silenced" you didn't A) didn't fit into the predetermined rules for the first forum, and B) weren't chosen for the second forum - sounds like other people were so, sometimes that how it goes. If you really want to know the answers to your questions, email the candidates. Simple.

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