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Seattle Times letters to the editor

October 10, 2008 at 1:22 PM

Governor’s race

The Associated Press

Gov. Christine Gregoire and challenger Dino Rossi debate Thursday in Spokane.

Gregoire knows community

Editor, The Times:

I am writing about your page-one story, “A born salesman tries to close the deal” [Oct. 9]

Gov. Christine Gregoire always tries to connect to the community. She participates in many activities and reaches out to the community.

I belong to the Sikh community, and Gregoire has visited the Sikh Gurudwara quite often. Her daughters are also involved in her campaign and reach out to the community. Her daughter Michelle has visited the Sikh Gurudwara and other community centers to support her mother. It is this connection that solidifies her victory.

She has heard the community and helped us even during our tough times.

She revised the guidelines for the turban when the DOT had issued a statement that said, “not valid for identification.”

Immigrants have faced hardships and it would be a tough task if we did not have Gov. Gregoire in office.

Politics is not about making “real-estate deals.” It is about providing services and reaching out to the community. It is working together to make Washington state and the country a better place. These are tough times. The economy is in turmoil.

We need Gov. Gregoire in office more now than any time before.

— Sarab Singh, Kent

The worried citizen

Gov. Christine Gregoire should be winning this re-election race handily.

We live in a state that has dodged the worst of the economic crisis and still has a balanced budget when California is already asking the federal government for a $7 billion emergency loan.

The problem is that she’s a good governor for the very reason she’s having a tough time getting re-elected: She’s pragmatic and honest.

A perfect example is her intervention in two recent Seattle-area disputes: When Boeing machinists and corporate negotiators reached an impasse, Gregoire urged them to give negotiations one more try. And when Seattle made moves to eject Nickelsville from its first home, Gregoire sent a negotiator to work out a deal and let them move temporarily to state property.

In both cases she was the “cooler head.”

There’s nothing sexy about this kind of leadership — no grand speeches and no stunning debate performances.

She’s faced with an opponent who is the epitome of the empty promise — with his big smile and slick debate performances.

I’m not worried about Gregoire; she’ll be fine whether she’s governor or not. I’m worried about us.

— Andy Jellin, Seattle

The businessman’s got what it takes

In this time of national economic crisis and the implosion of Washington Mutual, people are wondering if they’ll still have jobs in six months and if they’ll be able to make their mortgage payments.

We need to elect a governor who will restore the strong economic growth and opportunity we used to enjoy.

Washington state has the nation’s third-highest rate of small-business failure. People who want to start their own businesses can’t afford to. Others are losing their jobs because companies can’t make payroll.

Gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi is a businessman and knows what it takes to create and keep jobs.

You want job security? Vote for Rossi.

Despite her 2004 campaign promises, Gov. Christine Gregoire has raised taxes. This has hindered job growth and left us all with less money in our pockets. Even with higher taxes, Gregoire’s huge spending increases have left us with a projected billion-dollar-plus state-budget deficit for next year.

Rossi balanced the budget as a legislator in 2003 without raising taxes, and he will do it again.

We don’t need higher taxes here in Washington; we need efficient government.

You want more of your paycheck in your pocket? Vote for Rossi.

–Elizabeth Stall, Bothell

Foster care has improved

Our children are too important to be subjected to partisan political attacks, and that is why I am upset with gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi lying about Gov. Christine Gregoire’s record on foster care [“Radio ads criticize Gregoire on handling of sex offenders, funding for foster care,” news, June 19].

Does he think we will ignore the fact that Gregoire is getting results that help foster children?

New caseworkers have been hired and investigations now begin within 24 hours instead of the previous 72 hours.

Our foster-care system has improved under Gregoire, and Rossi, a parent just like her, should understand this.

— Josette Gregoire (not related), Seattle

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