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Seattle Times letters to the editor

September 29, 2008 at 5:00 PM

GOP vs. Republican

Seattleites don’t know GOP

I disagree with The Times’ claim that it was frivolous to bring a lawsuit to prevent candidates from hiding behind the GOP label, instead of identifying themselves as Republicans [“A frivolous lawsuit,” editorial, Sept. 26].

Recently, I saw a couple on the bus holding up a sweat shirt they’d been given in downtown Seattle. In large letters, the sweat shirt said: Grand Old Party. I asked the couple if they knew that this was the Republican slogan. They looked puzzled and shook their heads no. Before I could discuss this further, they got off the bus.

— Carole Glickfeld, Seattle

From “grand” to “greedy”

The Times’ assertion that everyone knows GOP stands for “Grand Old Party” needs to be challenged.

Since the early 1900s, the GOP has consistently shown it is the “Greedy Old Party.” It has fought to kill our national park system, Social Security, unions, Medicare and all regulations that, until recently, gave us a healthy middle class and lots of hope and pride.

In recent years, the GOP has pushed to privatize both Social Security and Medicare by putting them into the hands of the same financial and corporate thugs who have destroyed our economy and our way of life.

Only rich folks could love the “Greedy Old Party.”

— Dick Hughes, Enumclaw

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