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October 6, 2008 at 3:55 PM

Key Washington races: governor and the 8th District

It’s not broken; don’t fix it

Democratic Gov. Christine Gregoire has earned re-election in 2008 [“The truth behind claims by Rossi, Gregoire,” Times, page one, Oct. 5].

Gregoire has shown leadership in health care, education, gay rights, the environment and the economy. She provided health coverage to 84,000 children and aims to cover all children by 2010. She increased funding at the K-12 level by $900 per student for smaller class sizes and better teacher pay.

Gregoire helped pass two landmark pieces of gay-rights legislation: a gay-anti-discrimination bill and a domestic-partner bill. She also championed two key environmental initiatives: The Puget Sound Partnership to clean up Puget Sound and the Climate Action and Green Jobs bill aimed at reducing carbon emissions and creating more green jobs.

Forbes Magazine recently ranked Washington as the third-best state in the U.S. to do business. The state economy added 200,000 jobs during Gregoire’s tenure. Job creation and unemployment rates have been better than the national average.

Gregoire’s opponent, Dino Rossi, offers no substance beyond a delusional transportation plan marked by a gross underestimation of the costs and an inability to offer specifics as to how it will be paid.

Rossi simply doesn’t have the record to compete with Gregoire’s accomplishments.

–Terence Tada, Olympia

Don’t be fooled

Gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi’s campaign is a mirror image of the Republican/Karl Rove style, even though he avoids using the “R” word.

Unfortunately, some citizens are still focused on greed and deregulation so they are pouring money into his misleading campaign.

Christine Gregoire is the best governor Washington state has had in the 30 years I have lived here.

As an early-childhood-education professional, I have been impressed with her leadership regarding increasing state support for children’s services in ways that can really make a difference for their future success. She is fiscally prudent but knows that we get what we pay for.

She has improved funding for schools, higher education and transportation, which are all essential investments for the state’s economic future.

Rossi’s agenda is similar to that of the Bush administration.

Don’t be fooled by the lies. Re-elect Gregoire for the sake of our state’s future.

–Betty Williams, Seattle

Burner: It’s time for some inspiration

Democratic congressional candidate Darcy Burner’s run for office is inspirational and refreshing in today’s politics [“Liberal blogs across nation see Darcy Burner as ‘family,'” Politics & Government, Oct. 2].

I think what has excited people about her campaign is her idealism.

I am a resident of the 8th Congressional District and am sick of the war and occupation in Iraq, along with the loss of lives and money that has resulted. There are many of us on the Eastside that recognize the need for a forward-looking representative who can bring new skills to the office.

Our country has been heading in the wrong direction under the current leadership and we have difficult economic, social and health problems to solve. We need a new kind of person to step forward to become one of the new leaders for America.

At 62, I’ve been through a lot, but the last eight years have been dreadful. We have to change. It’s time to give young, creative people a chance to govern.

— Andrew McCormick, Bellevue

Where’s the love?

“Change” has been a persistent theme in both presidential campaigns.

I certainly agree it’s time for change in the representation of Washington’s 8th Congressional District. Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert voted twice last week against the economic rescue bills. Apparently, Reichert missed the 700-plus-point drop in the stock market after Monday’s vote.

Reichert and his House colleagues took two days off midweek while his constituents’ life savings lost 20 percent in value and unemployment rose by 159,000.

This unconscionable insensitivity to the plight of working families outside the Beltway can’t continue.

That’s why I’m voting for Darcy Burner for Congress.

— David Billick, North Bend

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