Washington, D.C., under lockdown is frightening. Our federal government under shutdown is not funny. I was there when everything came to a standstill.
It was supposed to be a “bucket list” trip to visit the incredible museums and honor loved ones at the memorials. I wanted to salute my dad, who was a radio-gunner in the Army Air Corps in the Pacific, and my father-in-law, who was on a mine-sweeper off the coast of Italy.
Instead we saw the World War II Memorial from outside barricades. That was not what I had in mind!
The people we talked to weren’t politicians. They were taxi drivers, hotel maids, waiters and clerks. Everyone had a story about how the shutdown was hurting them.
Being in that broken city made me really want an effective City Council in my city of University Place. I want council members who understand and care about the little people who get hurt most when leaders are ineffective. I want our council members to play nice and be willing to compromise for the good of all. I want them to have passion and street smarts. I want them to make smart, effective, long-lasting decision.
I want Eric Choiniere to be re-elected. His presence on the council means everyone in our city will be represented, passion will be balanced with compromise and understanding based on experience. Now, more than ever, his voice needs to be retained.