City council behavior brings ‘Democracy’ into question

Gig HarborJanuary 15, 2014 

Something has gone terribly wrong with Gig Harbor city government.

It would be easy to write about the downtown zoning amendments and why the majority of Gig Harbor citizens want to save every water view possible, to keep our small, unique, charming, fishing-village flavor.

But the zoning problem seems to run deeper and be only the tip of the iceberg.

During a city council meeting, we heard one of the council members tell citizens that if they want a view of the harbor, they should go buy it. We have another council member who, in early December, said how he would vote for a zoning issue, even before the issue was due to come before a public meeting in January.

So much for “impartiality” in his oath of office.

In a Jan. 8 Gateway article that discussed the zoning amendments, Mayor Jill Guernsey is quoted as saying, “it’s not a popularity contest. Under the law, community displeasure is not a basis to deny a project.”

Obviously, “popular” means the majority of Gig Harbor citizens.

Even after World War II, history has proven that, just because a government has the power to do something, it doesn’t make it right. If the city council cannot convince the majority of people in the justness of its cause, perhaps their cause is not just.

The very basic principles of Democracy say that elected and appointed officials are to be accountable to the people. The purpose of government is to serve the needs of the people, not vice versa.

It is quite disturbing and very disrespectful to the majority of Gig Harbor citizens, and the principles of Democracy, that the majority of this city council continues to act without respect to the values that our country was founded upon.

Yes, there is something terrible wrong in City Hall.

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