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October 2, 2008 at 3:48 PM

The governor’s race: Dino Rossi’s deficit ad

We can’t trust Dino

Editor, The Times:

The fact check on gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi’s latest misleading ad [“Rossi ad in error,” Times, Local News, Sept. 30] shows why we can’t trust Rossi to be our governor. He is blatantly lying to voters and unfairly distorting Gov. Christine Gregoire’s economic accomplishments.

Elaine Thomson / The Associated Press

Gov. Christine Gregoire, left, and Dino Rossi have squared off in three debates.

When Gregoire took office in 2005, our state had a $2.2 billion deficit. Today we have a surplus — yes, a surplus — and because of Gregoire’s leadership, the state has savings in a rainy-day fund reserved for hard economic times.

Gregoire has built a strong economy for our state. Any economic woes we now face should be attributed solely to the failed economic agenda of the Bush administration — an agenda that Rossi wholeheartedly supports.

On Nov. 4 we have a simple decision to make: We can re-elect a governor who has fought for our state’s economic stability during a time of national economic turmoil; or we can elect a man who lies and uses our state government to prop up the Bush agenda.

Which do you think is the better choice?

— Maxine Lipkin Marple, Seattle

Tomorrow is another story

Gov. Christine Gregoire’s Sept. 15 statement, “We do not have a deficit today,” reminds me of the guy who jumps off the roof of a 10-story building and shouts out as he falls past the fifth story, “It doesn’t hurt yet!”

— Bill Hirt, Bellevue

It’s wrong to ignore looming deficit

Tuesday’s headline, “Rossi ad in error on state deficit — there isn’t one yet” and the article that follows are straight from Gov. Christine Gregoire’s campaign.

Moreover, they represent a Clintonesque parsing of small words: Whether there is a deficit depends on what the meaning of “is” is!

To this ordinary, plain-spoken voter, a big spending hole is a big spending hole whether the bottom line turns red today or in a few weeks. We’d better call it what it is.

Your headline is like seeing a wall of water up the street heading toward our dry front lawn, and saying “Nope — we don’t have a flood problem!”

We ignore what looms ahead to our peril.

— Doug Trotter, Snohomish

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