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TILLICUM: Good people can make bad decisions

Letter by David G. Anderson, Lakewood on Sep. 9, 2010 at 11:23 am | 1 Comment »
September 9, 2010 2:28 pm

Re: “Military doing a good job – of alienating neighbors” (editorial, 9-9).

The Camp Murray gate relocation is a bad idea.

Good people in short-term political positions sometimes make bad long-term, community-impacting decisions. The fate of our Tillicum community – its livability and individual homeowners’ and business owners’ single greatest lifetime investment in property – likely rests in the hands of those we elected to represent us.

Another aspect of community life that will be affected by the Lakewood City Council’s decision on whether to allow the gate relocation is the organized, mobilized and energized populace who, while they certainly do not live in the same economic or social strata, do have a far more powerful ally: one another. They live in and care about the same square mile they call home.

Tillicum residents are disgruntled, to be sure, but we are not fractionalized. And, as the editorial noted, we vote. An increasingly dissatisfied and distrusting public is a harbinger of what will happen each November.

Tillicum has abundantly proved it belongs in what Suzanne Morse calls “smart communities.” Smart communities, Morse writes in her book by that title, are those where “citizens and local leaders use strategic thinking to build a brighter future.”

The good news is, what happens here does not stay here. The model that has been created and the mannerisms of the people that have been demonstrated can be exported.

“Tillicum is,” as one city councilman put it, “fiercely independent.” But we are also interdependent.

Elected leaders: We’re depending on you.

(Anderson is president of the Tillicum Woodbrook Neighborhood Association.)

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