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October 10, 2008 at 1:21 PM

Presidential politics

Lose the blame game

While she held her own during the vice-presidential debate concerning the pertinent issues facing our nation, Gov. Sarah Palin modeled bipartisanship spirit with Sen. Joseph Biden.

By refusing to personally pinpoint Democrats as the only problem in the gridlocked Congress, she clearly separated herself from the “blame game” that Sens. Biden and Barack Obama incessantly play.

Neither offer any criticism of their own party for their dogged partisanship that helped lead to the mismanagement and greed that precipitated our current financial crisis. Rather, Republicans and the Bush administration are blamed for every malady that has occurred in the world during the past century.

To loosen the logjam of gridlock in the Congress, the new administration will have to reach across the aisle to help solve the major problems we face in the post- 9/11 world.

Sen. John McCain and Palin have shown throughout their political careers that including a broad spectrum of contributors reaps a beneficial harvest of ideas. Their nonpartisan style of leadership is missing from both political parties.

It’s time for change in Washington beyond ideology.

The McCain / Palin team will infuse creative energy into the bipartisan flow of interaction needed to effectively manage our nation’s needs.

— Gene Harvey, Puyallup

Palin needs Internet-security lesson

The Justice Department has dangerously contradicted itself in bringing felony charges against David Kernell, the young student accused of hacking Sarah Palin’s Yahoo e-mail account [“Man denies hacking Palin e-mail account,” news, Oct. 9].

When the Justice Department wants to read a suspect’s e-mail during an investigation, they routinely argue to courts that it is not “stored communications” and is thereby not subject to accompanying legal protections. The courts have largely agreed, and the FBI has used this investigative tool in many successful criminal investigations and subsequent prosecutions.

Ordinarily, Kernell’s alleged crime would be a misdemeanor. However, the Justice Department reversed course and now claims that e-mail is stored communications after all.

The Justice Department should immediately drop its rushed and ill-considered felony charges against Kernell. And, for that matter, they should find something better to do than make a federal case out of a harmless college prank.

If Palin wishes to be a heartbeat away from being in charge of national security, she should more gracefully learn a valuable lesson about e-mail security along the campaign trail.

— Robert Walker, Renton

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