Mayor Harding’s public comments about Proposition 1 demonstrate his lack of knowledge about this issue.
Let’s get beyond such a “low information” public official’s diatribe.
From the Thurston Public Power Initiative (Prop. 1) web site:
– YouTube PUD League of Women Voters Forum
“This is the Chair of the THURSTON PUBLIC POWER INITIATIVE for Proposition #1, PUD vs. PSE.
John Pearce, opening statement summarizing what Proposition #1 is all about. 7 minutes,” quoting YouTube.
– PSE Disinfo Campaign Tops $Half-Million
“To no ones surprise, PSEs campaign has distinguished itself, not only for the sheer brazenness of its misinformation, but also by its unprecedented spending.
Prior to this campaign, the most expensive ever run in Thurston County was Kevin OSullivans failed bid for a County Commission seat. He spent around $110,000. PSEs front group, the Alliance to Protect Thurston Power (APTP), will have spent more than five times that amount be election day.
PDC reports as of Oct. 18 show that APTP has amassed a warchest of $538,877, and has already spent well over $400,000 of that,”
– This is THE fight. This is Damascus.
“Grays Harbor PUD Commissioner Tom Casey was interviewed at the Sept. 27th League of Women Voters forum at the Washington Center. He very succinctly and powerfully explains the historic importance for the entire state of the Thurston Public Power Initiative.
As Thurston County reels under an unprecedented onslaught of campaign advertising and misinformation, one remark Commissioner Casey makes is especially timely. When surveyed about the effect of bringing public power to Grays Harbor, a commissioner in Grays Harbor in the Fifties answered simply, ‘We got the SOBs out of our politics. They no longer elect the city council, the county commissioners, the state legislators.’ Casey added, ‘See how powerful that is?’
From The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History:
“Before Tom L. Johnson became mayor in 1901, he declared: “The public utility corporations are a bunch of thieves. I ought to know. I was one of them.” As mayor he believed that privately owned utilities were bastions of privilege that would destroy democracy if not controlled. Johnson made his most quoted declaration at one of his famous tent meetings: “I believe in municipal ownership of waterworks, of parks, of schools. I believe in the municipal ownership of these monopolies because if you do not own them they in turn will own you. They will rule your politics, corrupt your institutions and finally destroy your liberties.”
“I believe in municipal ownership of waterworks, of parks, of schools. I believe in the municipal ownership of these monopolies because if you do not own them they in turn will own you. They will rule your politics, corrupt your institutions and finally destroy your liberties.”
– Vote YES! for Public Power options!