Letters to the Editor

Oppression comes in many forms

Recently I have been pestered, even harassed, by the “gendarmes” of four local jurisdictions.  I am happy to report that my cases with the Suquamish Police, the Poulsbo Police (parking ticket) and Kitsap County have all been settled without me pleading guilty to anything.

However, two impoundments of my car, even when there was no arrest or I tested under the 50-state limit for impairment, have cost me about $650. Add five round-trips to Port Orchard to gain justice and you feel the force of the “rule of law,” hitting you in multiple ways!

I won another case of illegal impoundment, versus the WSF terminal supervisor at Bainbridge, for $670, but he has not honored the judge’s order of Oct. 13 yet. He was supposed to repay me within fifteen days, but time, and your money, means nothing to a merciless public official; they can stiff you until you go to court again! Filing fees so far are $103.

Now another tax-taking district, the Kitsap Regional Library, is also extracting citizens’ money in lieu of lost taxes. I keep lots of things in my residence, especially books and magazines. Sometimes if I borrow multiple items — which the library encourages — it is hard to find them, to return on time. KRL has a policy now of making you pay 25 cents per item each day, even Sunday when all branches are closed. One can note their email reminders, three days in advance, and think: “Great, that means a 31st thing to do in my next 72 hours.” (My to-do lists average 10 things per day, six days a week.) Days spent vainly looking speed by.

So far, from one day’s loaned items, I’ve paid the Poulsbo library fines of $36, mainly for five old magazines that were never requested or held, and $52 for two old, very used books that they will replace at new list prices, direct from publishers. (They never buy locally, or even from Amazon, like you and I; that would lower their budget!) And I owe more: about a buck per day, until they decide to charge me for “replacements” by buying new mags.Let’s hear from others who have been bilked by their local governments. Is this “government for the people,” or The Gummint versus The People?

Fred Springsteel



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