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TILLICUM: Camp Murray gate is a bad idea

Letter by Pat O'Brien, Lakewood on Sep. 10, 2010 at 11:40 am with 4 Comments »
September 10, 2010 12:18 pm

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

The editorial opinion concerning the Camp Murray gate proposal accurately expresses the observations and opinions of my neighbors and myself.

Camp Murray’s leaders are acting like bullies to their Tillicum neighbors. They have shown little regard for the negative impact their new gate proposal will have on this community. I, along with my neighbors, will be urging Lakewood officials to stand up to this bully and deny their street access permit request.

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  1. lawrencejprice says:

    What would be even better? Close all access from Tillicum to Camp Murray. Those who need to go to Camp Murray can use the North Fort Lewis access gate. No sense bothering all the neighbors in Tillicum, it’s obvious they would rather the money be spent on a really tall fence with no gates at all. Sounds like the perfect plan to me.

  2. wa_govwatch says:

    Hi, Pat. I think what we need to remember here is that there are two governmental agencies involved here, and, while we agree that this hasty relocation scheme is a very bad idea, without knowing all of the facts, we just don’t know with whom the blame actually lies. We may agree with the editorial’s conclusions, but for the wrong reasons. I’m not at all sure that the editorial staff looked at all of the facts when it formed its opinion. Was Lakewood town hall staff in any way complicit in rushing the Camp Murray’s Environmental Assessment, and/or an accomplice in “cramming the gate plan through to take advantage of $4.8 million in federal money”?

    What makes this matter so vital to Lakewood is that it is so very multifaceted. While I may not be personally and directly impacted by the relocation of this gate, I am most certainly impacted by the way in which plans for its potential relocation are being quietly manipulated through governmental agencies. For me, this matter is one of governmental transparency, honesty, and integrity, and one of citizen knowledge, concern, and ultimately in citizen involvement. For instance: Walter Neary posted on his blog ‘There’s a big difference between listening politely to Camp Murray explain its plans and working some sort of backdoor deal’. That’s certainly true. But, does Walter actually know what factually transpired between Dave Bugher (and team) and the Camp Murray staff in their many private meetings and conference calls? If he doesn’t – and most notably is the fact that he hasn’t told the public that he does know what actually transpired – what he wrote is just uninformed rhetoric. Curiously, he has elsewhere in his blog labeled those who are looking for the facts as being ‘suspicious’. If he doesn’t know as fact what transpired in these many ongoing meetings, he also ought to be suspicious, and especially suspicious considering the fact that he is a city councilman. He, as well as we, ought to be asking, “Why was this obvious transportation issue not sent to the Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Committee for their review, and for taking public testimony? After all, Neary is the council’s liaison to the vitally important citizen group appointed by council of which he is a member. Walter concluded his blog by saying, “I don’t think there’s any point in me saying more.” He’s right (of course), unless he is interested in learning the facts regarding the proposed Camp Murray gate relocation. Please say to us, tell us, assure us Walter Neary, that you, personally – you as a councilman – knew as early as May 2009 of the (joint Bugher/Camp Murray) plans to relocate the Camp Murray gate.

  3. madmike272 says:

    Bully? I’ll bet you are one of those that whine about the air shows too. I would like toe post to put all of tilliscum off limits and allow no military to buy anything there.

  4. live4fish says:

    and it’s amazing that not person in Tillicum is worried about the prostitutes and drug dealers/users. I guess it is hard to peddle the wares if there is more traffic.

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