Letter to the Editor: Water rates, not ideology

Posted 5/24/21

Water rates, not ideology The message delivered in a recent article (written by Liam Adams and published by the Westminster Window) concerning the city council/water recall initiative was both …

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Letter to the Editor: Water rates, not ideology

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Water rates, not ideology

The message delivered in a recent article (written by Liam Adams and published by the Westminster Window) concerning the city council/water recall initiative was both misleading to readers and offensive to those involved in the effort. To suggest that this is less about water rates and more about political ideology (and a way to shift city council from one that is more left-leaning to more right-leaning) is absurd.

While the paid lawyer representing the Westminster Water Warriors group certainly has ties to the Republican party, none of the three citizens who initiated the recall petition process are registered Republicans, nor were the majority of Westminster residents who signed the petitions. In fact, of the 24,182 valid signatures collected, only 37% came from republicans; nearly 63% of those who signed were not!

Furthermore, the only council member who so far has been forced out by the recall effort is a Republican (former mayor Herb Atchison).

Shame on the author of the article for not taking the time to learn and recognize those facts. No matter how others would like to spin it, this is not a partisan initiative — it has always been about water rates. With the city council supporting a nearly 75% increase in average water/sewer rates in the past 4 years, and summer water bills looking more like car payments or home mortgages, it doesn’t matter which side of the political aisle you sit.

Scott Ireland,

Westminster

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