The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it’s legal for politicians to stretch the truth. Just because it’s legal doesn’t make it right, especially when those stretches appear in the voters’ pamphlet – a pamphlet that’s paid for with taxpayer dollars.
Olympia Councilmember Jim Cooper, Gerald Reilly and Cristiana Figueroa-Kaminsky wrote the pro statement for the Olympia Metropolitan Parks District ballot measure (Proposition 1), and they stretched the truth. They wrote that a citizen advisory committee will “ensure funds are spent as voters intended.” Yet according to Cooper and Reilly, this is untrue.
At the Aug. 10 Coalition of Neighborhood Associations meeting, Cooper and Reilly reluctantly admitted that there are no guarantees.
No guarantees. I’m voting no on Proposition 1.