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PUYALLUP: Social pals base decisions on real-life experiences

Letter by Craig M. Bennett, Puyallup on Jan. 24, 2012 at 12:05 pm with 1 Comment »
January 24, 2012 12:11 pm

Re: “Social pals swear off Puyallup city business” (TNT, 1-24).

All too often, it seems our public officials meet a standard pedigree of liberal arts degrees followed by either becoming “career students” or entering non-profit career fields.

I have never met John Knutsen, Steve Vermillion or John Hopkins. But the thought of having a “crusty old cop,” a decorated Vietnam pilot, and a man with a background in business with a degree in physics and math motivates the heck out of me!

Furthermore, the thought of them sitting in an old bowling alley discussing whatever they may feel is relevant is nothing less than a breath of fresh air. These council members have real-life experience. Imagine the stories a retired cop from Tacoma and a Vietnam pilot could tell you.

They are probably opinionated, grumpy and, at times, say the wrong things, but I’ll accept it all. I seriously doubt they are often intimidated or swayed. They, and I’m sure some of the others, base their decisions on life experiences of which the majority of us could only imagine.

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  1. Amen, Mr. Bennett. Those of us who live and work in Puyallup have experienced what has not worked in our city government. We know what the face of corruption looks like. We saw it each time we either viewed a council meeting on television, our computers or attended a council meeting in person.

    We are hopeful that we have swept out the self-interested, the influence peddlers and the self entitled with our votes. We will watch and work for honest and open government.

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