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October 11, 2008 at 6:54 PM

The governor’s race

Candidate coverage slanted

Has your newspaper simply given up on the concept of presenting balanced “news” coverage? Two Times articles — Thursday’s on gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi [“A born salesman tries to close the deal,” page one, Oct. 9] and Friday’s on Gov. Christine Gregoire [“Smart, intense and struggling to woo voters,” page one, Oct. 10] — show in stark relief your slanted treatment of the candidates.

Just look at the headlines. You might as well have just written “Rossi schmuck” and “Gregoire saint.” Neither article has facts regarding the actual accomplishments of the candidates, unless one counts the mention of Gregoire cooking five meals every weekend in order to make sure she could serve dinner to her family every weekday — saintly stuff, that.

The article on Rossi really only manages to get across the idea that he has been a real-estate salesman and is always smiling, and the article on Gregoire can only manage a succession of excuses as to why she is socially awkward.

Those excuses are effusive in their praise of her cerebral bearing and intellectual qualification for the job — this, regarding a candidate that has numerous examples of costly managerial miscues during her tenure as the head of the Department of Ecology and attorney general.

Rossi is portrayed as a lightweight who seems to not realize that if he wins the election, he will have to be governor and it might harsh his buzz. For heaven’s sake, the man served as a legislator for more than 10 years and played a key role in shaping the budget — in a bipartisan way — during very contentious times, but your article makes is sound like he is simply not qualified for the job.

— David Bennett, Bellevue

Rossi supporters get it

To sum up The Times front-page coverage of gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi and Gov. Christine Gregoire from Thursday and Friday: Rossi is a slick salesman.

On the other hand, Gregoire is incredibly smart, brimming with so many good ideas that many of us can’t connect with her. Translation: Rossi supporters just don’t get it! And, Gregoire had dinner with her family every night!

Thanks so much — I think I finally understand everything I need to know about the Washington state gubernatorial race.

— Milly Kay Baldwin, Sammamish

Try tying Gregoire to Congress, Rossi

It’s interesting how all the Democrats, even Gov. Christine Gregoire, is trying their very best to tie every Republican to George W. Bush, probably because his approval rating is pretty low.

But U.S. Congress’ approval ratings are even lower. Has anybody noticed that the gas prices and all this economic meltdown started when the Democrats took office?

I think gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi should tie Gregoire to the “do nothing” Congress. We, as the people of Washington, need to remember that it was she who, when she got in office, basically blew off I-912, which was the 9.5-cent-per-gallon gas tax that we voted down.

We now know that she got chummy with the Indian casinos, turning down millions of dollars of tax revenue, so they would donate thousands of dollars for her campaign.

Does anyone remember how King County basically kept recounting votes and finding extra votes here and there that were not in secure areas, but still allowed to count? It kept going until she won, then the counting stopped. Very interesting, wouldn’t you say?

— Pat Ferrell, Renton

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