This regards the article by Don Brunell entitled “Americans are blessed in so many ways,” in which he tells about the horrors that Communism caused earlier in the century.
He says the Pope and Reagan (the conservative hero) were more responsible than populist action in turning Poland around (no details provided). He segues directly to “The rest is history and today Poland prospers from the free market system.”
And from there he goes directly to “We are free to innovate...and succeed or fail. No government central planning...can replace our vibrant private enterprises.”
The message is that America is fine and no change is needed. I myself believe that we WERE prosperous because we happened to be closely associated with the parts of the world with the best weather (cradle of civilization) and science and technology (Europe and England), won the fight to control the New World, and then came to have a huge military and monetary flow that has allowed us to get control of the internal resources of country after country after country in the last century by installing puppet leaders.
I’d like “free enterprise” better if I didn’t feel that having a job meant spending most of the better part of one’s life in an un-free environment, lacking free speech and having one’s bathroom breaks controlled.
Don Brunell was president of the Association of Washington Business for many years. He now submits opinions in newspapers all over the state. A quick Google causes scores of his articles to pop up. This same article appeared in the Whitman County Gazette, the Enumclaw Courier-Herald and the Columbian.
He is prolific. It must help that his articles are to some extent pasted from the content of other people.
For instance, the phrase “The loss was disproportionately heavy among professionals—engineers, technicians, physicians, teachers, lawyers, and skilled workers” came from the Wikipedia entry “The History of Solidarity.”
The phrase “cost of manpower losses to East Germany alone (and corresponding gain to the West) was estimated at $7 billion to $9 billion...” is from the Wikipedia entry called “Berlin Wall.”
In another article, about the high cost of education, Brunell bemoans the huge debt incurred by students, details a couple of cases of charity that helped some people afford college, and ends with, “The focus needs to be on approaches which are affordable and effective for students and their families.”
Probably no city in the universe is more dependent upon driver thoughtfulness and courtesy than Woodinville, Washington. That’s because of the heavy volume of daily traffic that’s funneled into the nine blocks of N.E. 175th St., between 131st Ave. NE and 140th Ave. N.E., which has only one lane north and south and a critical left-turn lane in the center.
It’s imperative that drivers attempting to enter N.E. 175th from the many entry points on both sides of this single downtown artery understand how to use the center lane to get into the flow on NE 175th. Those drivers who don’t understand make it virtual gridlock for those backed up at the entry points.
At the same time, it’s imperative that drivers on N.E. 175th be aware of those trying to enter from both sides of the street and give them space to enter, whenever possible, and especially watch for those trying to access the center lane.
These imperatives will only grow in importance when the massive new apartment complex in the old trailer park area is fully occupied. And these considerations also might help bring some relief to the near-gridlock we experience downtown each holiday season.
I saw red reading Woodinville City Councilmember Elaine Cook’s husband, Andrew Cook’s letter to the editor October 17 edition. He blatantly misconstrued the facts to attack City Councilmembers Susan Boundy-Sanders and Paula Waters.
Cook cloaked this self-serving letter by presuming to determine, as his letter is titled, “WHAT SUSAN BOUNDY-SANDERS REALLY MEANT.”
His attempt to discredit Boundy-Sanders and Waters for advocating for due process by the City Council was obviously written to ingratiate his own political agenda.
In Boundy-Sander’s letter to the editor October 10 edition she stated, “The Woodinville Municipal Code-Woodinville’s law-lays out clear expectations for attendance” (for the seven unpaid volunteer city commissioners). …“Commissioners may be removed ‘for UNEXCUSED absence for more than three consecutive regular meetings’... At the September 17 City Council’s meeting voted to remove one of our city commissioners over attendance concern. …
The information provided to the City Council before this vote did not indicate whether absences were excused or not (in fact, all absences by the current commissioners were EXCUSED). It reported only absolute attendance numbers, only for the previous nine months, and contained other shortcomings and errors,” Boundy-Sanders reports.
Cook’s attempt to suggest that Boundy-Sanders’ reason why she objects to the “latest in a series of hasty, haphazard actions by the current City Council majority that destabilize our staff, our budgets, our capital priorities and now our volunteers,” as Boundy-Sanders wrote in her letter to the editor, was done (according to Cook), “to further their own (Boundy-Saunders, Waters and City Commissioner Paul Hagen’s) political ambitions.”
This is denigrating and insulting. The only "false narrative", as you put it, seems to be your slant on Boundy-Sanders intentions.
I applaud Boundy-Sanders efforts to uphold Woodinville’s Municipal Code by the City Council in a consistent, fair and equitable manner.
The only “political ambitions” that I can determine from Cook’s letter to the editor in which he is misrepresenting the facts and Boundy-Sanders’ and Waters’ actions is Andrew Cook’s attempt to promote his and his wife’s, City Councilmember Elaine Cook, political agenda.