Last night you made a statement that flies in the face of every hard-working middle-class voting citizen of SeaTac. You said this initiative comes down to a vote of two different classes of people: the people of Gold, and the people of despair. What an ignorant sound bite. I believe you owe every middle-class voting citizen of SeaTac an apology. We are not wealthy and we are not desperate because we continued to improve our educations and skill competence throughout our lives so that we would not spend a lifetime working minimum wage jobs. We realized that these “starter jobs” were not careers or capable of supporting independent self-sufficient lifestyles. We also made decisions NOT to have families larger than we could financially support. We lived within our means at the various levels of our employment and saved money so that we could retire and not have to work the rest of our lives. We got up and went to work every day, whether we felt like it or not … it was our responsibility to ourselves and our dependents. We didn’t have “family or safe leave” when we were young. We, too, were often-times one paycheck away from financial disaster, but we picked ourselves up by our bootstraps and survived. We didn’t expect or get financial assistance, no one supplemented our food pantries, no one fed our children at school or in the park or packed backpacks of food for our children to take home, no one bought our kids’ school supplies or clothes … these were OUR responsibility and we took care of our responsibilities.
And now you call us “People of Gold”???? Ms. Gregerson has it ever occurred to you that we might be people of long hours, multiple simultaneous jobs, sweat, planning, sacrifice and pride?
You, Ms. Gregerson, owe us an apology!
– Vicki Lockwood
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