To the editor:
Not everyone is a fan
I read about the award given to our King County Executive Ron Sims (“Ahead of the curve,” July 2008) and quite frankly was amazed how out of touch your magazine seems to be regarding his actual leadership. We have serious budget issues, as well as some of the worst traffic congestion in the country. If anything, Ron Sims is AWOL on all the important issues, and spends more time and money on politically correct “niceties” that we can’t afford. Thanks for the humor, as this was one of the biggest jokes I’ve heard all year.
— Jeff Borgens, King County, Wash., resident
Consider all of a leader’s actions
Just a quick note of praise for your June editorial “Who needs a mayor?” It was an enjoyable, interesting read, and it illuminated how we tend to overlook the contributions mayors make to our cities. We just lived through a difficult time with our Mayor Mike Fahey regarding building a new baseball stadium to keep the College World Series in Omaha for the next 25 years. He probably will be defined by this, but he’s also done a great job focusing on and funding immediate public needs like street resurfacing, rejuvenating neighborhoods and public parks. Your editorial reminded me that we need to look at the whole picture and not define someone’s performance by what appeared the most in the local headlines.
— Suzanne Putnam, Omaha, Neb., resident
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