Re: “Airfare gift: What was Mayor Strickland thinking?” (editorial, 3-11).
The question the editorial board posed regarding Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland’s travel expenses associated with her recent trip to Asia is not mind-boggling. The answer is: She was not thinking.
According to remarks attributed to Strickland. she was “on official city business,” which included a visit with her cousin and a meeting with a women’s group in Korea. Is her cousin the mayor of major Korean city or the head of a local chamber of commerce? I doubt it.
City business? Give me a break!
Clearly, her acceptance of a “gift” (an estimated $3,000 for airfare) from a prominent Lakewood businessman is a violation of state law and possibly of the city’s ethics code.
It is time for a recall petition.