Letters to the Editor

Council members are sellouts over B&O issue

It's clear from the B&O issue that only two of the City Council members (Jamie Perry and Elizabeth Albertson) hold the interests of Kent citizens above business interests.

The ploy of tabling the issue over and over and the obvious choice of taxing the homeowners over the road-damaging businesses clarifies the political interests of the majority of council members.

When the facility to assist the poor was overwhelmingly shunned and defeated by the callous downtown business owners, it was obvious that council members cater to business pressure and care little for the poor.

All this baloney about an efficiency study is a smoke screen.

The manufacturing/trucking businesses will "talk" things over and "continue the conversation" until hell freezes over. They will cooperate about anything except taxation. So far, the business community has intimidated the council into keeping us the only city in our area who doesn't have a B&O tax.

So, it appears that the deterioration of the roads and streets is the fault of a council that will protect the irresponsibility of the business interests despite the overwhelming need for revenue to keep the city streets in good repair.

My hope is that the voters stop being the piggy bank instead of laying the responsibility (and the bill) at the feet of the people who are most responsible for damaging our roads every day – the manufacturing firms whose trucks tear up the roads.

The only motive I can see for the council members' continuing protection of businesses from legitimate taxation is that the businesses support their reelection.

The only two people who deserve the vote of the people of Kent are Perry and Albertson. All the rest are sellouts. We know who you are by what you do.

– Sandra Gill

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