Thanks to you, SeaTac bans red-light ticketing cameras on Tuesday – GREAT JOB!!!
Two days ago, I asked all of you to send emails to the SeaTac City Council to encourage them to stop their red-light ticketing camera program. The city council was deluged with your emails. That evening, during council debate, your emails became a central talking point when it came to illustrating citizen opposition to the scameras.
The Council voted to end the program.
After 11 years of having red-light ticketing cameras in the city of SeaTac, 4 common sense conservative councilmembers heroically voted to reject for-profit camera surveillance while 3 liberal councilmembers (who were obviously bought and paid for by the red-light ticketing camera company) voted to keep them. This is a huge victory for liberty.
Councilmembers Rick Forschler, Mike Siefkes, Erin Sitterley, and Peter Kwon deserve our thanks and appreciation (and liberal councilmembers Kathryn Campbell, Tony Anderson, and Pam Fernald deserve derision and condemnation). These 4 heroic councilmembers stood up for the 65% of SeaTac citizens who oppose for-profit camera surveillance (as well as supporting visitors to SeaTac).
During Tuesday evening’s debate, I learned that the cities of Auburn and Burien had voted to stop using ticketing cameras (we helped Redmond, Bellingham, Longview, Monroe, and Mukilteo get rid of theirs).
For-profit corporations should never be given police power over the citizenry. It is antithetical to a free society that values liberty and basic constitutional rights.
Please take a moment to send an email thanking Rick, Mike, Erin, and Peter for their heroic vote.
In the “To” line of your email, cut and paste their email addresses in:
firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
For the Subject line, cut and paste this:
Thank you for your heroic vote against for-profit camera surveillance
In the body of the email, send this or something like this (tell ’em how you feel):
Dear Rick, Peter, Mike, and Erin: Thank you so much for your heroic vote against red-light ticketing cameras. You did the right thing. Even with 65% of SeaTac citizens on your side, it still took a lot of guts for you to stand up to your liberal colleagues and vote against for-profit camera surveillance. The out-of-state ticketing camera corporations have a slick marketing pitch: “we’ll get you a bunch of money and all you gotta do is look your constituents in the eye and tell them you’re not doing it for the money.” But the people know it’s a lie. They know it’s all about the money. And last night you said no to their dirty scheme. I’m very proud of you for doing the right thing and ending, after 11 years, that horrible program. Keep up the good work. As Benjamin Franklin reminded us: “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
To all our supporters, thank you for your help in emancipating another city from the scourge of for-profit camera surveillance. A victory for liberty anywhere is a victory for liberty everywhere.
Together, we’re making a real difference.