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I wrote her a letter explaining my concerns about cutting military spending:
FURTHER CUTS TO MILITARY PAY AND BENEFITS
I am disheartened to learn that the Obama Administration is looking to make deeper cuts into the pay and benefits of current military and retired military personnel. I am always appalled at the fact that the military people are always the first people congress goes after when cutting budgets. It is as if Congress has little or no empathy for the very people who put their lives on the line every day to make this the greatest country on the planet. It is as if they are looked upon as nothing but “cannon-fodder” to use and abuse at will, at the whim of Congress when it is “convenient” to do so, apparently not caring about these people and families who sacrificed so much. It is as though now that there is a consorted, intentional effort to completely dismantle not only the structure of the military, but the notion of honor that goes along with it. With the constant misuse and abuse of the military people by the Federal Government, the notion of serving in the military to serve our nation is being severely negatively impacted. You have to ask yourself, if you were a young person thinking about serving, “What is the benefit to me if I join the military”? In the past, in my era, there was a sense of honor, knowing that America stood for justice and peace, and also knowing that if you stuck with it, there would be a reward at the end, a brass ring, if you like, in the form of the benefits that military retirement brings. Take away all that, and what do you have left..? Answer, very little. Take away the pride and nobility, the barely equitable pay for volunteering to serve, and the retirement benefits, especially the medical, and you have little or no incentive left. If the people see that the Federal Government is NOT going to treat you well in the military, why join? So, with that being said, how is the military going to be able to recruit enough volunteers for service? The short answer is; they’re not. So, unless that is the plan so conscription can be reinstituted, it’s not a good idea to keep punishing the military every time there is a budget shortfall, especially when there are thousands other areas in the government that can and should be trimmed.
With all this being said, I must remind you that your election cycles will be very difficult and contentious should you decide to slight the military any further. While your cycle is not due for several years, you can bet that your party as a whole will suffer a huge loss at the polls should the Democrat Party continue to punish the military people. We are watching your votes in the House and Senate and we are watching the committee actions. Do not fool yourself, WE ARE WATCHING AND WE WILL VOTE ACCORDINGLY. You have to ask yourself; “How many military, active duty, retired and vets do I have in my State or district?” I’ll be there is a bunch..
Here is her reply I got today:
Thank you for contacting me to express your concerns about military spending. I appreciate hearing from you on this important matter, and sincerely regret the delayed response.
On March 4, 2014, President Barack Obama submitted his fiscal year 2015 budget request to Congress. This proposed budget would provide $494.6 billion to the U.S. Department of Defense for fiscal year 2015, which is about $31 billion less than last year’s requested amount. The request seeks to reduce the number of active-duty soldiers serving in the U.S. Army from 510,000 to about 450,000 by fiscal year 2019, and the number of National Guard and Reserve service members from 831,000 to 798,000. This budget would also increase TRICARE deductibles and copays in an effort to restructure and reduce the cost of military benefits.
I have concerns about the proposed cuts and increases in health care costs. I look forward to learning more about the Department of Defense’s budget proposal and its potential impact on Washington state’s military community. After a decade of war, I know that long and frequent deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan have greatly strained our state’s military families. Please be assured that I will keep your concerns in mind as the budget process continues this year.
I am profoundly grateful for the service of America’s service members and for the sacrifices they have made to defend and preserve our great nation. I will continue to work to ensure that the brave men and women of our armed forces have the essential tools and resources they need to accomplish their mission on behalf of the people of the United States. I know this is particularly important in our state, which is home to the tenth largest military population in the country. As such, we have an important responsibility to ensure that our service members and their families are provided the benefits and assistance that they so greatly deserve.
Thank you again for contacting me to share your thoughts on this matter. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance.
United States Senator
This reply is a non reply and she goes on to further explain that they are going to raise my out of pocket health insurance costs. Is this the kind of Senator we should re-elect or should the State of Washington recall her? ALL her replies to me are like this and I am sick and tired of it.
PATTY MURRAY (D) WA and MARIA CANTWELL (D) WA STAB THE MILITARY RETIREES IN THE BACK – MILITARY RETIREES WITH TRICARE PRIME WILL LOSE THEIR HEALTH PLAN 1 APRIL 2013
Funny how this information didn’t hit the news until AFTER the election, and the idiots in Washington State re-elected Maria Cantwell to the Senate. Every time we military turn around, our elected officials stab us in the back and eliminate or reduce the benefits we worked 20+ years to get. In this case, us military retirees who have TriCare Prime as our health coverage will lose our Prime plan as of 1 April and will be forced onto TriCare Standard with much higher rates. This is because they are reducing the “Prime” coverage areas so if you live 40+ miles away from a military medical facility you are no longer eligible for this plan. This effects over 171,000 retirees like myself who are outside the 40 mile limit. Come to find out, this plan was hatched by Congress a long time ago. This is especially egregious because of the committees Patty Murray serves on, as listed here. She does not advocate for the Vets at all and is a disgrace to her office and her constituents. Click the links below and get the data. Once again the military gets shafted. How disgraceful is it when a government says to the vets face how much they are appreciated and whose benefits should be protected, then turns around behind their back and disrespects them in private and steals their hard-earned benefits, one by one by one? IN the past I was always an advocate for some young man or woman joining the military and serve this great country, but at this point, I no longer believe that at all. The United States does not deserve the caliber of young Americans we have today, given that they will be used as cannon-fodder in some bullshit meaningless war someplace then, if they live through it, have their benefits stolen by the corrupt politicians in DC in the name of balancing the budget. Balancing the budget on the backs of the GI’s is not going to help the deficit at all. All they are doing is destroying a once mighty military, and country along with it. To all who voted for this idiot in the WH, YOU GET THE GOVERNMENT YOU DESERVE, I HOPE YOU ALL LOSE YOUR JOBS AND GO BANKRUPT, LOSE YOUR HOMES AND EVERYTHING YOU OWN! I for one knew better, unfortunately because of your idiocy, you will take all of us down with you…….. The “Great Experiment” is over, thanks to you. Click here to see some of the money Cantwell has taken from tribal gaming casino’s. WOW
SENATOR MARIA CANTWELL (D) WASHINGTON STATE – VOTING RECORD. Does she represent your vision of America and Washington State?
REPLY FROM WASHINGTON STATE SECRETARY OF STATE REGARDING THE MONITORING OF VOTING IN WASHINGTON STATE BY THE U.N.
Posted by conservativeamericanvet in LEFT WING EXTREMIST STUFF, LETTER TO POLITICIANS WITH REPLIES, LETTERS TO ELECTED OFFICIALS, NEW WORLD ORDER STUFF, OP-ED, POLITICAL COMMENTARY, POLITICAL NEWS, RADICALS, TAKING BACK THE GOVERNMENT, UPCOMING ELECTIONS, USEFULL INFORMATION, WASHINGTON STATE ISSUES on 10/25/2012
Subject: UN MONITORING VOTING
It is being reported that representatives from the UN (United Nations) are going to be monitoring voting/polling locations through-out the country and I would like to know if any are going to be monitoring our vote by mail process here in Washington State? If so, the citizens of this state have a right to know if this in fact is going to happen. Please reply as soon as possible as we are only 15 days out from the election date.
I checked with our co-directors of elections and they have not heard of any international representatives coming to Washington State to monitor our elections processes. That being said, however, it is not uncommon for international representatives to visit American states to observe elections, with the purpose of learning techniques that may be beneficial to emerging new democracies.
Best wishes to you,
Office of the Secretary of State
Here is the man who is going to return Washington State to the Conservative ideals that made it and the United States strong. all you have to do is research this site and you will see for yourself how much regard Maria Cantwell has for Conservatives and their views. I have posed every letter I wrote to her and her replies. Read it and weep, she has to go….. click HERE to go to his site.
YOUR REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATORS VOTED TO HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO TRACK YOUR KIDS HEALTH AND SOCIAL PROGRESS
Posted by conservativeamericanvet in BIG BROTHER, CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES, CORRUPT POLITICIANS, FOUNDING FATHERS STUFF, NEW WORLD ORDER STUFF, PLAN FOR REFORMING THE GOVERNMENT, POLITICAL COMMENTARY, POLITICAL NEWS, POWER GRABS, RADICALS, STIMULUS INFO, TAKING BACK THE GOVERNMENT, WASHINGTON STATE ISSUES on 12/28/2011
In the 2009 Stimulus Bill, there are provisions that allows the Federal Government the authority to maintain a file on your kids progress as they grow up and YOU can’t do a thing about it. If this is not enough to indicate that this government is totally out of control and operating outside the confines and boundaries of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, then, well, I am out of words……. Read this story and contact your Representatives and give them a piece of your mind. I heard that Montana is mounting a recall movement to remove the Senators who voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2011 (NDAA). Because the Washington State Constitution allows recall also, I think the Citizens of Washington State should do the same, including all the rest who vote in favor of unconstitutional acts like this. We citizens need to send a message loud and clear to these power hungry elitist. We own this country, not them! Click the pic for the story.
WASHINGTON STATE GOVERNOR PROPOSES A TEMPORARY INCREASE IN SALES TAXES IN ORDER TO EASE THE BUDGET CRUNCH…..What about HR2044?
As this letter to my State Rep. Tim Probst (D) indicates, pushing new taxes on the citizens of this state is obscene especially when legislation such as HR 2044 is sitting on the table up there in the Washington State Legislature in Olympia. If you are a Washingtonian, please feel free to copy, and paste this letter and sent it to your Rep in Oly.
My Letter to Tim Probst;
I am writing you to let you know my feelings on the temporary sales tax increase being proposed by the Governor. To articulate my feeling very succinctly, you need to know that I find it especially egregious that the only solution the Democrats can come up with to help solve our state budgetary problems is to raise taxes. I say this knowingly full well that there are better ways of raising revenue and lowering the state deficit than taxing the people of this state when they can ill afford any more money out of their already strained budgets. I find it especially obscene when there is legislation sitting on the table there in the Legislature that would go a long ways in reducing the deficit and that is HR 2044. If you have examined the fiscal notes on this HR, you should have been able to see the huge amount of revenue this HR would provide to the state, yet it sits on the table, simply because of protectionist politics. I am extremely saddened and disappointed knowing that the Democrats are putting party politics and personal ambitions ahead of doing what is right for the state. We citizens that your party wants to tax to death, are also voters and we are very well informed. We are watching every move our State and Federal Representatives make and we watch and track the voting record of each and every one. I can assure you, this situation of which I write, is right on top of my watch-list and I doubt that I am the only one watching. I can assure you that if the Governor gets a wink and a nod from the Legislature on this, those people will be putting their political career in peril and in-turn will be challenged come their next election cycle. I am urging you to do the right thing for the state and get this HR moving. Protecting the Tribal Indian casinos will not be tolerated and you will lose my support at the polls if you do so. In fact I will work tirelessly for your opponent in the race for the seat you now occupy.
THIS IS WHAT WAS SENT TO THE GOP LEGISLATORS OF THE 17th DISTRICT – DON BENTON, PAUL HARRIS
I am writing you to let you know my feelings on the temporary sales tax increase being proposed by the Governor. To articulate my feeling very succinctly, you need to know that I find it especially egregious that the only solution the Democrats can come up with to help solve our state budgetary problems is to raise taxes. I say this knowingly full well that there are better ways of raising revenue and lowering the state deficit than taxing the people of this state when they can ill afford any more money out of their already strained budgets. I find it especially obscene when there is legislation sitting on the table there in the Legislature that would go a long ways in reducing the deficit and that is HR 2044. If you have examined the fiscal notes on this HR, you should have been able to see the huge amount of revenue this HR would provide to the state, yet it sits on the table, simply because of protectionist politics. I am extremely saddened and disappointed knowing that the Democrats are putting party politics and personal ambitions ahead of doing what is right for the state. We expect a higher code of ethics from the GOP and a sense of what is right and wrong. We are watching every move our State and Federal Representatives make and we watch and track the voting record of each and every one. I can assure you, this situation of which I write, is right on top of my watch-list and I doubt that I am the only one watching. I can assure you that if the Governor gets a wink and a nod from the Legislature on this, those people will be putting their political career in peril and in-turn will be challenged come their next election cycle. I am urging you to do the right thing for the state and get this HR moving. Protecting the Tribal Indian casinos will not be tolerated and you will lose my support at the polls if you do so. In fact I will work tirelessly for your opponent in the race for the seat you now occupy.
This is a classic example why Senator Patty Murray (D-Wa) and for that matter Senator Maria Cantwell must be shown the door come their next election cycles. Cantwell in ’12 and unfortunately Murray in ’16. This article articulates pretty well I think, of her inability to get out of the Democrat party line and agenda and do what is truly right for the country, rather than her party. In all the replies I have gotten from both of these people on the various issues, I have NEVER gotten anything that even remotely hinted at compromise or deviation from the Democrat party line and agenda. As demonstrated by all my letters posted in this forum, she fails to directly address any of my specified concerns. She is totally consumed by her passion to push the corrupt Democrat/Liberal/Progressive agenda, regardless of the horrible consequences the nation and you and me will suffer. After all, she votes with the Dem party 91% of the time and most often in agreement with Al Franken. Al Frankin?!?! What?! This guy is a corrupt hack at best and she agrees with him?!? WOW!! Plus, I find her actions especially repugnant and egregious knowing that she is on the Committee on the Budget, Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Appropriations Committee: Within the Appropriations Committee, Senator Murray is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies. Murray also serves on the following subcommittees; Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee, Energy and Water Development Subcommittee, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee, Defense Subcommittee, Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee and the Homeland Security Subcommittee, plus she is on the “Super Committee” that is responsible for coming up with the “magic bullet” that will fix the budget deficit. It is especially scary for us vets because as I indicated in letters to her that she is in a prime position to protect the benefits that us vets and retirees sacrificed so long for, but conversely, she is in a prime position to really screw us. And unfortunately I am afraid that the latter, not the former, will be the case. She has not been bold enough to indicate to me, or I dare say, any either vet or retiree, that she will do every thing she can to protect us. She is sickeningly quiet on the issue. That is not a good sign and it is my opinion that if she continues on this what I categorize as a corrupt path, she needs to be recalled. In my opinion she has demonstrated in no uncertain terms that she is unwilling to listen to her constituents, and of which, I am one of many military people/families that she is going to really harm, simply due to her blind ambition and dedication to the corruption of the left. Her position is simple, she thinks that it is imperative that our taxes be raised. Not only yours and mine, but corporate taxes. The Left is trying to demonize Corporate America by getting all the leftist idiots all riled up, believing the palaver propaganda crap. Everyone must remember one very basic fact about corporate America, in actuality, corporations for the most part do not pay taxes,……the taxes are built into the cost of the product or service they provide, so therefore, WE PAY THE TAXES…. So, lets go ahead and raise taxes on these companies, just so we can pay a higher price for their product….. HEEEELLLLLLLOOOOOOO………..Sounds like a good idea to me……NOT! This Dem Rx for this deficit problem is simply to tax more so they can spend more and more and more and more…..you get the idea. It is the old democrat “tax and spend” BS all over again. I thank God that the GOP is holding firm on this issue because they know that the system is broke, in more ways that one and raising taxes on the citizenry at this time is really wrong-headed and will hurt whatever economic recovery we may be able to get going. Don’t be confused by the recent news that a balanced budget amendment was voted down by the evil GOP for no real good reason. There was a good reason for it; There was language in that piece of legislation that would have put in place a mechanism that Congress would have used in the future to go back to business as usual (tax and spend) with a new provision that would have made it real easy for Congress to raise taxes and point to the Amendment, explaining that they are compelled to by this very amendment. Kind of sick huh? THAT is why it did not pass. Thank God for that. The Dems are quick to point the finger at the GOP, but in all truthfulness, it is them who are trying to destroy your standard of living. And one last point, if I may…. I am sick and tired of reading articles that use the word “democratic” when the proper usage should be “democrat”. The two are not synonymous. “Democratic” to me means a form of governance, “Democrat” is the name of a political party. In my opinion, the Democrat party is in no way shape or form democratic. All they want to do is gather as much power as they can so they can dictate to you, how to live your life. Does that sound “democratic” to you?
Before you and the rest of the Washington State Legislature think about raising taxes and cutting services, you need to pass HR2044. I know how much money this HR would bring into the state coffers and your action or inaction on this Bill will prove to your constituency whether you are serious about reducing the deficit, or just punishing your constituents with your shortsightedness on this issue by raising taxes and cutting essential services. If you do not act to get this Bill passed, you will not have my support during your next election cycle.
REPLY FROM REPRESENTATIVE TIM PROBST:
Thank you for taking the time to send me this note.
HB 2044 was introduced in the 2011 session, and would allow electronic scratch ticket machines in nontribal gambling establishments. It was introduced very late in the legislative session, and did not move out of the State Government & Tribal Affairs Committee.
I do not have a problem with this bill — I think that it would be perfectly fine to allow these machines in nontribal gambling establishments. However, I do not sit on any of the committees that this bill will go through, and so I will not have a hand in the process unless and until the bill reaches the House floor. In the event that the bill does reach the floor in 2012, I will keep your thoughts in mind as I vote.
You can track the bill’s progress here: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=2044&year=2011.
Thanks again for your note; please keep in touch. As you know, our nation is in its worst economic emergency since the Great Depression. We all need to look out for one another during these tough economic times. Please do whatever you can to look out for your neighbors, and please feel free to contact me anytime.
State Government & Tribal Affairs contact info;
113 Joel M. Pritchard Bldg., P.O. Box 40600, Olympia, WA 98504-0600
Committee Hearings & Bill Information: (360) 786-7126
Legislative Hotline Operators: 1-800-562-6000
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Grassfire Nation Update:
The Dirty Debt Deal “Super Committee” has not even officially convened, yet these elite members are already angling to use
their super-legislative powers to RAISE YOUR TAXES. In a high-profile Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal, three Democratic members of the Super Committee (Sens. Baucus, Murray and Kerry) sent a very strong and clear signal that they will be pressing for tax increases to be included in the Super Committee’s conclusions. They called for a “balanced plan” that involves “shared sacrifices” — both code phrases for TAX INCREASES that come straight out of the Obama-Big Government playbook. Meanwhile, House GOP leaders are also issuing the GOP version of TAX INCREASE CODE WORDS…
Boehner and Cantor are now talking openly that they support “tax reforms” that make the tax code “more fair by closing loopholes.” (Read: “tax increases.”) And this entire process of debt reduction (and tax increases) is being controlled by a 12-member super-empowered Super Committee that is at best a legislative mockery and at worst unconstitutional!
+ + Petitions Needed For Delivery To The Super Committee
THIS UNCONSTITUTIONAL SUPER COMMITTEE EFFECTIVELY TIES THE HANDS OF YOUR SENATORS AND REP (unless they happen to be one of the “Chosen 12”) AND REMOVES THEM FROM THE REAL WORK OF CUTTING WASTE OUT OF OUR GOVERNMENT! That’s why tens of thousands of citizens have already signed the PETITION OPPOSING THE DEBT DEAL SUPER COMMITTEE. Petitions will be delivered directly to the Super Committee. If you oppose this unconstitutional Super Committee and want to be included in this delivery, go here to sign: http://www.grassfire.net/r.asp?u=49267&RID=32300085
Again, members of the Super Committee are already preparing the ground for TAX INCREASES. If we remain silent, we will
effectively submit the power to raise our taxes to SEVEN members of Congress.
Thank you for taking action.
Dems call for “shared sacrifices”
Super Committee “Making Progress”
Boehner “Closing Loopholes”
The Wa. State Legislature (BOTH GOP AND DEMS) has passed HR 1087, “Making 2011-2013 Operating Appropriations“. In doing so, they put aside HR 2044 which would have ended the Tribal monopoly on slot machines in Wa. State. By doing so, it is as plain as the nose on your face, the Legislature (and Governor) are protecting the tribes interests. By doing so, they turned their nose up at an estimated $1,906,204,486, yes, that is billions of dollars in increased state revenues from 2011 thru 2017, that would have been generated by the 35% tax on the slot proceeds. The favoritism, nepotism and just plain preferential treatment being displayed by these politicians is appalling. This “cronyism” must not be allowed to go un-noticed. By doing this, the Legislature has also cut the amount of revenues each city where the private casinos are in, will get. In this economic environment I can see more lay-offs coming down the pike. To say I am ashamed of the Wa. State Legislature is an extraordinary understatement. So, what do we do now? Well, every time there is some sort of pullback on ANY state or local service or there are layoffs, I urge all to call your District Representatives and give them an earful. To put it very succinctly, these people put the tribes above the citizens of this state. I for one cannot condone that in any way, shape, or form. This “dirty politics/business as usual” attitude is what has gotten us in this terrible economic condition we find ourselves in now. The politicians must be held accountable. Especially those beholding to the tribes, like the Governor….. I don’t understand how they can turn their nose up at that much money,……..unless there is an agenda……somewhere……..Hmmmmmm
Posted by conservativeamericanvet in CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES, CORRUPT POLITICIANS, LEFT WING EXTREMIST STUFF, POLITICAL COMMENTARY, POLITICAL NEWS, POWER GRABS, RADICALS, ROUGE AGENCIES, SENIOR ISSUES, TAKING BACK THE GOVERNMENT, UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE SCAM, USEFULL INFORMATION, WASHINGTON STATE ISSUES on 05/09/2011
The reason I am posting this is due to the fact that in reading this notification you will notice several “loop-holes” that this agency can and will use in order to justify the “legal” sharing of the seniors private confidential health information. I have highlighted the statements in this document that raise my eyebrows. I call on all to be wary of these tactics and contact your Representatives and give them an ear-full of your opinion on this. The “sharing” of confidential information without your express opinion is outrageous and should not be allowed in any instance/s that is not related to any investigation of a criminal nature. These Brown-shirted bureaucrats must be thrown out on their arses, along with any politician who agrees with these policies. Click these links for the documents. DSHS PG 1/DSHS PG 2
Please Contact Your Legislators Today!
The National Rifle Association has learned that the Washington State Patrol (WSP) has sent a letter, apparently to every firearms dealer in the state of Washington, as part of an investigation into “a missing/stolen AR-15.” The WSP has requested an incredible amount of information regarding dealer’s sales and acquisitions of AR-15’s and lower receivers over the last nine months. They want names, dates of births, addresses and more… from the past nine months! A statewide search through a mountain of information for ONE missing/stolen AR-15?
It seems preposterous to the NRA that the WSP would conceivably request this massive amount of sensitive data, in a search for ONE AR-15! It is the NRA’s view that there must be more to this story, a lot more. The NRA has placed two phone calls into the WSP today in search of clarifying information but has yet to receive any response on the matter. The NRA has also followed up with a letter of inquiry which notes that dealers are under no obligation to comply with the request.
We will keep our members apprised of any information that is forthcoming from the WSP. In the meantime, NRA suggests that you contact your State Legislators and let them know about this far-reaching and overly-broad request of firearm dealers by the state law enforcement agency. Ask your legislators to contact the WSP in an effort to find out what is going on in this case. You may contact your state Representative or state Senator by clicking here
. If you don’t know who your elected officials are you may look them up here
Also, please contact Governor Chris Gregoire, let her know about the requests currently being asked of Washington’s firearms dealers by the WSP and urge her to find out what is going on in this case. You can contact the Governor by clicking here
This is how this idiot acts with a minuscule bit of authority?!?!? Imagine what she would be like if she wielded real power? The citizens of Vancouver Washington should demand her recall, removal or whatever it takes to get her off the City Council. She is a disgrace and the City Council as a whole acts in a very arrogant manner and needs a wake-up call….
MY LETTER TO MAYOR LEAVITT, VANCOUVER MAYOR
I have just viewed the video of the Vancouver City Council meeting in which Council Woman Jeanne Harris apparently lost all sence of professionalism and decorum and acted in a very disrespectful manner towards the many citizens who were attempting to give testimony. I was struck by the level of, or should I say the lack there of, respect she displayed towards the citizens of Vancouver, and I must say, I was disappointed in your behavior as well. The citizens of Vancouver just put you in office, hoping that you would lend a higher level of decency, understanding and co-operation with the public than in the past administration. I was totally disappointed in your behavior at this meeting as you continually allowed Council Woman Harris to browbeat the speakers and talk to them in the most discourteous, disrespectful manner. As the Mayor, you have a responsibility to maintain civility in that meeting and you failed. You allowed Harris to continue her belligerent behavior at the expense of those who put you in office. That is intolerable and disgraceful. While I cannot vote in Vancouver elections, I know many who do who also have the same opinion I do. It is most likely, you will not get their votes come your next election unless you take steps to ensure that this conduct and contempt is never again displayed to the voting public. Did the voters make a bad decision last election? Maybe…..
HARRIS EXCUSE PART 1
HARRIS EXCUSE PART 2