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Councilmember Sidhu Made a Promise to Represent All of Us…Does He?

Whatcom County Councilmember, Satpal Sidhu, wrote a response email letter to Marlene Dawson on February 14th, 2017. Within Mr. Sidhu’ s letter he inserted a definition to his use of the word “your,” which he used throughout his letter to Ms. Dawson.

These are ‘your’ treaties (the word ‘your’ is used metaphorically for white, English speaking immigrants and so on……  Nothing personal!)

With Marlene’s permission, we published two versions of the email letter she received from Whatcom County Councilmember, Satpal Sidhu. The first letter is a PDF copy of the original email letter she received from Councilmember Sidhu. The second letter is a PDF copy which Liberty Road has revised and published using Councilmember Sidhu’ s, definition of the word your, which he used throughout his letter to Ms. Dawson. We published both versions of his letter to show the demeanor hidden within the original letter and fully convey the depth of meaning held within that letter; delivered to Ms. Dawson.

Original Ltr from Sidhu Revised Sidhu Ltr to Dawson

Our question is does this letter concern you?

If you come before the County Council and speak publicly on an issue that involves you, does it matter what frame of reference our Councilmember’ s belief is? Are they are listening to you? Can they hear you?

Does Councilmember Sidhu understand who the 212,000 residents of Whatcom County are?

I am guessing, Councilmember Sidhu did not have a copy of Ms. Dawson’s ancestry, or DNA chart, when he wrote this email. He really has no idea if Ms. Dawson’s ancestors came over on the Mayflower in 1620 as white, English speaking colonists, or came from Ireland in 1740 as white, Irish speaking indentured servants escaping the potato famine, or came from Russia as white, German speaking immigrants at the turn of the 20th Century as the Czarist monarchy began to fail, or sailed here as white, Finnish and Norwegian speaking tradesmen in search of a place to earn a living.  If you take out the word white, all residents of Whatcom County can probably trace their families’ immigration here to the multitude of reasons that have blended into the American story.

Does Mr. Sidhu’ s language show someone who is capable of representing the interests of everyone who lives, works, and plays in our community?

Councilmember Sidhu’ s understanding of the people of Whatcom County appears to be narrow bands based on origins. One wonders about Councilmember Sidhu, as he lumps all white people into one bag of aggressive, killing machines, who appointed Indian agents to steal children from their homes, and voted in all the ills of the last 300 years of North American history. When you read American history you find that all nations were here, Northern European, African, Asian, American Natives, a melting pot of the human race; making both good and bad decisions. With these old-fashioned, narrow ideas  set so firmly, can Councilmember Sidhu see us for who we are today?  The one thing we all hold in common is we were travelers, we came from somewhere else, even those we call Native. We all traveled here, settled here, and we love this place.

Councilmember Sidhu made this promise, As a Councilmember, I would like to see healthy debate and careful listening to diverse views on issues before making any decision.  His email letter to Ms. Dawson does not keep that promise.  The only way to accomplish this is to leave grudges of the past behind and deal with the realities of the new generations of today.

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  1. I sent this letter to Ms Dawson last night

    Feb 19, 2017

    Dear Ms. Marlene Dawson

    I am thankful to you for your dignified response and dialogue on the FB in the past few days. I am also thankful to everyone who took time to make their feeling known with their comments. I have had personal dialogue with many individuals on this subject and learned a whole lot about the sensitivities on this subject.

    I want to apologize for the insensitivities in my letter. It was not my intent to disrespect or diminish what is important to you and what your mission is. I simply wanted to share my perspective on the subject of tribal treaties. I admit that the letter went further than what was needed.

    I respect that everyone has right to their opinions and conclusions. It is not really about right or wrong, it is about seeking the truth, which is always somewhat elusive and not to the likings of each of us. The political environment we live in today, makes people afraid of backlash or people calling names or putting labels on them or binding to one or the other group. So they do not share or participate. How would we discuss anything, if everyone is afraid of sharing their thoughts and ideas? I do know that expressing does not mean that one should not be sensitive to other people.

    I firmly believe that it is our sacred right and duty to have dialogue. The freedom of speech reflects the wisdom of our founding fathers to promote dialogue to solve our common problems. However, they had no idea of Facebook and other mediums we have today. This kind of discussion could never happen by writing letters to editor of your local newspaper. Nevertheless, their wisdom of dialogue is true today and will be so in future. Silencing or intimidating others with differing views is not an American value. We have our constitutional freedoms and a two party political system is there for a good reason.

    I became American by choice and admire its ‘value system’. I came to this country with no money and worked hard for 40 years like everyone to contribute to the society. I taught the same values to my kids. I am very grateful and passionate about the best for America, much more than you can imagine.

    I would like to propose a meeting with you and invite people from Whatcom Republicans and anyone else you would like to be present at the meeting. I am more than happy to listen and learn about your work and share my thought with everyone.

    Once again I am sorry if I offended your feeling and many other people in our community. Look forward to hear from you.

    Respectfully,
    Satpal Sidhu
    Whatcom County Councilmember

  2. Councilmember Sidhu Made a Promise to Represent All of Us…Does He?
    SML Admin February 20, 2017 Community, Constitution, Kris, Politics, Property Rights, Safety, SML Contributors, Water, Whatcom County Leave a comment 20 Views

    Whatcom County Councilmember, Satpal Sidhu, wrote a response email letter to Marlene Dawson on February 14th, 2017. Within Mr. Sidhu’ s letter he inserted a definition to his use of the word “your,” which he used throughout his letter to Ms. Dawson.
    These are ‘your’ treaties (the word ‘your’ is used metaphorically for white, English speaking immigrants and so on…… Nothing personal!)

    Kris Halterman: With Marlene’s permission, we published two versions of the email letter she received from Whatcom County Councilmember, Satpal Sidhu. The first letter is a PDF copy of the original email letter she received from Councilmember Sidhu. The second letter is a PDF copy which Liberty Road has revised and published using Councilmember Sidhu’ s, definition of the word your, which he used throughout his letter to Ms. Dawson. We published both versions of his letter to show the demeanor hidden within the original letter and fully convey the depth of meaning held within that letter; delivered to Ms. Dawson.
    Original Ltr from Sidhu Revised Sidhu Ltr to Dawson
    Our question is does this letter concern you? If you come before the County Council and speak publicly on an issue that involves you, does it matter what frame of reference our Councilmember’ s belief is? Are they are listening to you? Can they hear you?

    Satpal Sidhu response: The rest of the Councilmembers have nothing to do with it. I am solely responsible.

    Kris halterman: Does Councilmember Sidhu understand who the 212,000 residents of Whatcom County are? I am guessing, Councilmember Sidhu did not have a copy of Ms. Dawson’s ancestry, or DNA chart, when he wrote this email. He really has no idea if Ms. Dawson’s ancestors came over on the Mayflower in 1620 as white, English speaking colonists, or came from Ireland in 1740 as white, Irish speaking indentured servants escaping the potato famine, or came from Russia as white, German speaking immigrants at the turn of the 20th Century as the Czarist monarchy began to fail, or sailed here as white, Finnish and Norwegian speaking tradesmen in search of a place to earn a living. If you take out the word white, all residents of Whatcom County can probably trace their families’ immigration here to the multitude of reasons that have blended into the American story.

    Satpal Sidhu: “your” was used to describe the collective majority population 150 years ago. My choice of words to describe metaphor was wrong. May be something like “Non Native American people” could be better description.

    Kris Halterman: Does Mr. Sidhu’ s language show someone who is capable of representing the interests of everyone who lives, works, and plays in our community?
    Councilmember Sidhu’ s understanding of the people of Whatcom County appears to be narrow bands based on origins. One wonders about Councilmember Sidhu, as he lumps all white people into one bag of aggressive, killing machines, who appointed Indian agents to steal children from their homes, and voted in all the ills of the last 300 years of North American history. When you read American history you find that all nations were here, Northern European, African, Asian, American Natives, a melting pot of the human race; making both good and bad decisions. With these old-fashioned, narrow bank ideas set so firmly, can Councilmember Sidhu see us for who we are today? The one thing we all hold in common is we were travelers, we came from somewhere else, even those we call Native. We all traveled here, settled here, and we love this place.

    Satpal Sidhu: Yes, I am very sincere to represent all people of Whatcom County. I take my Oath of Office very seriously and I will defend the Constitution of my country with honor any time anywhere.

    You are trying to give your own color to my words, my intentions and my capabilities. You have every right to draw your own conclusions. This topic is not about any person or any party or any group. Tribal Treaties is a topic of interest to all the people of Whatcom County and rest of America. Just to make it into a personal condemnation of Satpal Sidhu or any other person, does not make the topic go away. Ms. Dawson has every right to follow her mission and do what she thinks is right. I believe, I have the same rights to express my ideas, which may not coincide with yours.

    Being a Council member, does not diminish my responsibilities and rights as a common Citizen. I feel, I am being condemned for bringing a different perspective on Tribal Treaties discussion. One may conclude that there is an attempt to spin this discussion into a race discussion. There are many other residents (not all 212,000 agree with your interpretation!), who would actually like to engage in the discussion and express their unique ideas.

    Yourself as a host of SML Program, have tremendous responsibilities to represent all people and let others have a freedom of voice rather than outright censure. That is not an American value.

    I actually welcome conversation and I have sent a letter to Ms. Dawson last night to meet with her and supporters to have a dialogue on the topic of Tribal Treaties. You are also welcome.

    Kris Halterman: Councilmember Sidhu made this promise, As a Councilmember, I would like to see healthy debate and careful listening to diverse views on issues before making any decision. His email letter to Ms. Dawson does not keep that promise. The only way to accomplish this is to leave grudges of the past behind and deal with the realities of the new generations of today.

    Satpal Sidhu: : Yes, I stand firm on my promise: I just started a discussion on this topic to gather diverse views and careful listening and have a healthy debate before making any decisions. And you just want to censure me and muzzle the discussion..

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    • Mr. Sidhu,
      By making your email letter to Ms. Dawson public, we have given this discussion the public airing that is needed. There is no censure by making all of this public and I want to facilitate more talk of this nature; not less. If you are willing to and Ms. Dawson is willing, might I invite you both to be my guest on Saturday Morning Live? This coming Saturday, Feb. 25th, 2017, from 8 AM – 9 AM. Please let me know and I will reach out to Ms. Dawson for affirmation, too. ~ KH

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