Here’s the best compliment I got all year — it really means a lot to me

by | Dec 5, 2017

In mid-November, I traveled down to Pierce County to award the guys from the Cascade Ironing Board brigade their $30 Tabs t-shirts for collecting 1000+ signatures. Spending several hours with them collecting signatures was a blast:

The heroes above are Grant Pelesky, James Roberts, Bruce Holmberg, Gordon Claxton, and John Barry.

The next day, I got an email from Grant Pelesky:


From: Grant Pelesky
Sent: Saturday, November 18, 2017 6:52 PM
Subject: Re: John Barry and his team earn $30 Tabs t-shirts for each getting 1000+ signatures


I just want to take a moment to thank you for your efforts at the Pierce County Annex this last week. In particular, I observed how you honored John Berry and Bob Henkel. Bob as you know works with one arm, and though John never complains, he has trouble getting around and standing for periods of time. I noticed you helped him get his T-shirt on, and made sure he got the credit he so richly deserved for the many hours he has put in at the Annex. Your treatment and recognition of James Roberts was exemplary as well. It is so rare to see the younger such as yourself be so respectful of the elder. A good general gives credit to those in the trenches, and focuses attention on those at the front lines. You did just that, and it did not go unnoticed. Thanks for being a freedom fighter in the spirit of those who have gone before us that made America great!

It is the best compliment that I got all year. It really means a lot to me.

The men and women who are out there busting their butts collecting signatures are real heroes. I am awed by their efforts and their enthusiasm for letting the voters decide this important issue.

Thank you for helping.

We’re working super hard to Bring Back Our $30 Tabs and stick it to Sound Transit — here’s two ways you can help us:

1) ask for petitions and help collect signatures (collect 1000+ signatures and earn yourself an uber-orange $30 Tabs t-shirt).

2) donate (just think about how much you’ve saved over the years from our other two successful $30 Tabs Initiatives).

The end of December deadline for signatures is fast approaching so we need all hands on deck.

DO WHAT THESE SUPPORTERS HAVE DONE: Get a bunch of petitions. Just hit “reply” to this email and let me know how many petitions you want, your address, and your phone number. I will find an Office Depot, Staples, Minuteman Press, or Kinko’s near you, order the petitions for you, and all you need to do is pick them up. You can get 3 petitions for less than a $1. You can get 10 petitions for less than $3. You can get 100 petitions for $30. They’re dirt cheap with super fast turnaround. You can pick up your petitions in an hour. It is a petition distribution revolution that more and more supporters across the state are taking advantage of.

Please contact me RIGHT NOW (, cell: 509-991-5295) — I’m ready to help.

The greatest threat to this statewide signature drive is OVERCONFIDENCE. Having qualified 16 initiatives for a statewide public vote over the years, we’ve made it seem easy. It’s not. It’s really tough. The only way we’re gonna make it is with a massive grassroots effort where everyone across the state helps.

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