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Dear Kirkland of the future | Letter from the Mayor
I was recently asked to go to the International Community School to help with their time capsule entombment. At the very last minute I wrote the following quick letter to the citizens of Kirkland in the year of 2113:
Dear Kirkland of the future,
This is written to you from Sept. 25, 2013. I hope that you will take this moment to reflect on Kirkland’s history.
Today, as I write this, we are a town of 80,000 residents.
We are considered the most progressive town on the Eastside.
We care about the quality of life in Kirkland and have worked hard to build beautiful parks and open spaces.
We are a town that values its citizens, all of its citizens. For instance, we were the first city in the state to have both a youth council and senior council as advisors to the Kirkland City Council.
We care deeply about the environment and work hard to make sure that Kirkland doesn’t add to the problem of global warming.
Every year, we try to reduce our carbon footprint. It is a hard battle but worthwhile.
We want you to know that we worked every day to dream about and make sure your future is bright and full of opportunity.
I hope today as you read this, Kirkland remains a leader in what good cooperative government should look like, that your elected officials care deeply, are brave and look out especially for those whose voices that aren’t heard.
I hope Kirkland citizens still enjoy a well-run and compassionate city where everyone is welcome.
Whoever you may be and however you may find this letter, blessings to you from the Kirkland of 2013.
With great confidence in the future, I am sincerely yours,
Joan McBride, Kirkland mayor