It is disheartening to see state Sen. Steve O’Ban and other Pierce County legislators propose to take power from Fircrest voters (TNT, 1-26). Under his proposal, voters could no longer decide whether Fircrest should be wet or dry.
Personally, I would probably favor allowing citywide sale of liquor by the glass. However, state legislators and City Council members should not team up to strip the vote from Fircrest citizens. Legislators should not accommodate the chronic difficulties some Fircrest officials have in convincing Fircrest’s citizens of good policy.
Not long ago, the Fircrest City Council attempted special treatment so Wal-Mart could place one of its superstores in Fircrest. Fortunately, voters put enough pressure on the council and ultimately Wal-Mart went elsewhere.
While city officials say they "will work carefully with the community and make sure everybody is heard," they will not have to do so if O'Ban's end-run legislation is passed.