Northwest Voices | Letters to the Editor
Mega donors and Seattle traffic
Think about the needs of the people
As Republican PACs and mega donors spend $34 million in January, they highlight the dichotomy of the Seattle traffic light on the fritz. [“Filings by super PACs show influence of mega donors,” page one, Feb. 21].
As middle-class employees commuted to work to pay their bills, the elimination of the city’s transportation night crew created higher fuel bills and loss of work time for those employees stuck in traffic.
The “Traffic Signal Staffing Reduction” was approved due to declining revenues at a projected saving of $777,600 (City of Seattle 2012 Proposed Budget). Those “projected savings” come at a price for the rest of us. We can’t tax the mega donors for any revenue, as they need their money to buy their politicians.
As we head into an election year, the wealthiest 1 percent are buying their “lap dogs” for access and power.
“We the people” — our wages, our streets, our public schools, our homes, and our health care needs are all declining and threatened.
We can’t begin to buy the access needed for “we the people.”
Your power lies in your vote! Get informed. Get Involved.
— Glenda Tecklenburg, Mill Creek