Letter to the Editor: The Risk of Saying “No.”

Sunday, October 27, 2019

To the Editor:

Want to know what happens when voters say “yes” to a needed improvement? Look no further than the obituary for Jim Ellis in last Monday’s Seattle Times. Mr. Ellis is credited with leading the effort to clean up Lake Washington in the late 1960s and with conceiving Forward Thrust, a voter-approved measure to purchase park land and expand recreation opportunities throughout King County. Fifty years ago, our pool was built with Forward Thrust Funds.

Want to know what happens when voters say “no” to a needed improvement? Look no further than the rejection of Ellis-promoted bond measures that would have funded regional mass transit. Twice. Result? In 1970 federal funds earmarked for us were spent in Atlanta.

Opponents said if you don’t build it, they won’t come. Really? How short-sighted. By the time voters approved Sound Transit, we were 30 years behind and growing at a steady pace. Think about this when crawling down I-5.

Public investment (taxpayer money at work) and social infrastructure (schools, parks, libraries, pools, rec centers) create and sustain livable communities such as Shoreline. Don’t let the opportunity to build the gathering place we need and will enjoy for the coming 50 years slip through our fingers. Embrace it! Say “YES” on Prop 1.

Keith McClelland


Anonymous,  October 27, 2019 at 3:00 AM  

Are you really comparing a POOL to mass transit? This is why I know this pool is ridiculous. The city doesn't even own the proposed location, they still need to acquire it from a currently running storage facility through eminent domain.

Kenrick October 27, 2019 at 3:41 AM  

What a misleading comparison. Yes in 1970, federal funding was lost for mass transit but we are not in a situation of Loosing federal funding for for prop 1 by saying no. It is not a final no and that's it we wo t talk about it anymore.

It is a no, go back to the drawing board and address the many Very real issues that have been raise: too expensive as is, will run on a non budgeted deficit of $1M / year (that will need additional voter approved tax to cover at some point), lack of actual dedicated senior center, reduction in size of the community center,etc.

A no vote is not and will not be a definitive no; it will be the opportunity to make a better proposal.

Anonymous,  October 28, 2019 at 12:48 AM  

This pool is an environmental blight. Huge carbon footprint and waste of energy.

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