Letters to the Editor

Actions vs. words

I have known Dan Grausz for over 20 years. Throughout that time, I have always appreciated his candor, knowledge, commitment and sense of humor.

He has been on our City Council for the past 10 years without his judgment being colored by aspirations for higher office. He serves our community even though he has a very demanding job in the private sector in which he has management responsibility for over 14,000 people. He does it because he truly wants to make a positive difference for Islanders.

I have only known his opponent from what I have seen over the past several months, and I am not impressed. Ironically, he seems much more the typical politician than Dan. He writes letters in the name of the Mercer Island Community Council when there is no Council but just himself. He wants people to believe he attends all Council meetings, but doesn’t let on that he usually leaves long before the meetings end. He talks about working for the federal government and as a university professor like they were recent jobs, but omits the fact that he held those jobs over 20 years ago and has not held a job since then. Now, he puts “Don’t Narrow Island Crest Way” on his yard signs to scare people on commute times without telling voters that his own solution, a traffic light, would increase commute times more, and cost more, than the ‘road diet’ or any of the other options under consideration. With his Ph.D. in psychology, I sometimes think he is making Island voters the guinea pigs in some experiment.

The choice in this election is as clear-cut as any that I can recall. Dan Grausz has earned our votes. Very simply, this is a great community. I want to see us keep it that way and firmly believe that re-electing Dan is one way we can help make that happen.

Harry Pohlman

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