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PUYALLUP: Attack on citizen was unwarranted

Letter by David J. Couch, Puyallup on Jan. 5, 2011 at 2:08 pm | 41 Comments »
January 5, 2011 2:08 pm

At the end of the Jan. 4 City Council meeting, Mayor Kathy Turner and Councilwoman Nicole Martineau took it upon themselves to reprimand citizens for requesting public information, in particular singling out one citizen: Bob Lord.

Lord, or any citizen, is allowed to request public information through the United States Constitution, Washington State Constitution and the Open Public Meetings Act. The fact that he was chastised for seeking answers is both disturbing and disgraceful. To make it worse, let’s examine who Lord is:

• A graduate of the University of Nebraska with degrees in mechanical engineering, mathematics and physics.

• A decorated Air Force combat fighter pilot who flew 166 missions over Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

• A former Air Force pilot instructor, squadron commander and supervisor of flight operations of 150 aircraft.

• A retired aircraft instructions design engineer, a job he held for 20 years.

If anything, Turner and Martineau should be thanking Lord for his service to our country, not berating him for exercising his rights, rights he risked his life defending.

I say thank you to Lord and all others who have fought for my right to know what my government is doing.

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