By David Anderson, Tillicum
The signature drive to stop High Speed Rail (HSR) through Lakewood continues to March 2. Two 2’x4’ banners have been created for the signature gathering sites (Post Office, Library and Safeway). Volunteers will be coordinated via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The arguments are many for opposing HSR but at a minimum the peoples’ right to vote on so significant a transportation measure the city will likely ever face is reason enough to get this on the ballot. Much has been written on this subject which can be found by typing in “High Speed Rail” in the search box at The Suburban Times.
We’ve been approached by a paid signature gathering firm that wanted $3/signature. With 5,000 signatures needed that’s $15,000 which we wouldn’t spend even if we had it. This is a ‘roll-up-our-sleeves’ – not a ‘pull-out-our-wallet’ – initiative. We get 5,000 signatures by March 2 because we care, not because we have money to spare.
The power of “You”
You can make a difference. The 2006 TIME magazine Person of the Year was “You”. Cover story author Lev Grossman wrote of “community and collaboration on a scale never seen before” (referring to the arrival of the Web). The “Stop the train” signature drive provides you an opportunity to demonstrate what matters to a community in a tangible, practical, collaborative way.
- If each of the 500 that have already signed just got 10 more we’d be done.
- If each of those reading this would alert others to this letter we could once again demonstrate not only the power of “you” but the strength of “us”.