Karen Veldheer is a born leader
I’m writing to recommend voting for Karen Veldheer to fill Olympia City Council Pos. 4.
I was born and raised in Olympia and my mother, Vivian Cykendall, was active in this community her entire adult life, including serving a term on the county park board and participating in the Thurston County League of Women Voters until her death in 2001.
Although Veldheer has only lived in Olympia about five years, she has become a leader in the Cooper Crest community, which has been dealing with some complicated drainage issues at the state, local and individual homeowner level. Veldheer has educated herself about local, regional and state government in our area, and I frequently meet her at forums that deal with Olympia issues in that context. In short, Veldheer has the civic virtues of my mother.
In my professional dealings with Karen and Kenny Veldheer as their counsel in a dispute with their builder, I found her to be someone who does her homework, evaluates options carefully, listens to others and always maintains a collegial demeanor. Largely, due to these qualities, she played by the builder’s rules and won an arbitration with the builder, which was recently confirmed by the Washington state Court of Appeals. In other words, Karen Veldheer is a perfect client and a born leader.
Machlis has great vision for downtown
Joan Machlis’ leadership on the Olympia City Council is effective, balanced and real. She has tirelessly worked to grow and conserve the uniqueness of our downtown despite the realities of a turbulent economy, climate change and population growth.
Machlis knows that our future lies in looking toward sustainability in our urban areas which means supporting transit, bike, walking and carpools.
It means achieving neighborhoods of mixed incomes where people can do most of what they need to in their daily lives without an automobile. With her understanding of the state Growth Management Act and the Olympia comprehensive plan, Machlis has and will continue to work toward the vision of a downtown filled with residents, shops, restaurants, arts and culture and miles of waterfront walking parks.
Olympia needs Machlis’ continued balanced approach on the important issues facing us now.
She listens, works hard, studies all sides of an issue, and knows that managing a city isn’t about just one issue. Machlis knows how to make necessary decisions — even when they are unpopular.
Retain Joan Machlis. We can’t afford not to.
McClanahan reaches out to help others
I will be voting for Neil McClanahan for mayor of Tumwater, and I hope you will vote for him, too.
I work at Tumwater Pawn Brokers, and not a week goes by that I don’t run into someone whom McClanahan has helped, either in his work as a council member, or on a personal level.
Recently I was doing a transaction for a customer, and they noticed McClanahan’s literature on our counter. The gentlemen told me how McClanahan found out his family couldn’t afford Christmas one year, so he bought presents so that his children wouldn’t go without. The man was moved by how McClanahan didn’t even know him, but was willing to help his children just because they were in need at Christmas.
I also like the way McClanahan has been paying attention to the problems of local business.
There is too much vacant commercial space here, and McClanahan is the one talking about how we’re going to fix the problem. McClanahan knows that healthy businesses are going to lift our town out of its budget problems. I also hear more of a plan about our brewery coming from McClanahan than from his opponent.
I don’t see anything about what Pete Kmet is for. I have seen no literature, no courageous positions, nothing to help our town. All I know is the current mayor endorses him.
I don’t want more of the same. I want change. I want a guy like Neil McClanahan to be my mayor.
Initiative 1033 is the wrong answer
I have several reasons to oppose Initiative 1033:
No. 1: It’s written by Tim Eyman.
No. 2: It’s the wrong solution.
Controlling the growth of government is not accomplished by limiting revenue. It is accomplished by shining a light on wasteful practices and programs. If your car gets 10 miles per gallon, you don’t improve it by only giving it a half tank of gas. You improve it by giving it a tune-up, proper tires and careful driving.
To improve government spending efficiency, examine all programs for waste, eliminate programs that don’t work, hold agencies accountable for their budget, report to the voters all details of the budget so that we can see what’s going on and question authorities when we don’t like what we see.
No. 3: It’s written by Tim Eyman.