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October 13, 2008 at 4:48 PM

Governor’s race

Protect your bodies

I appreciated The Times informative line-by-line comparison of gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi vs. Gov. Christine Gregoire on the issues “The governor’s race: a primer,” news, Oct. 12], especially Dino Rossi’s position on abortion: “He’s not running on the issue and doubts that a bill restricting abortion would ever come before him if he’s elected. But he’s indicated he would sign such a bill.”

Is not the second sentence a non sequitur to the first sentence of this stance?

Ladies, it is your body and Rossi will use his pen to control it, given the chance.

— Carter Kinnier, Seattle

Not a breed we want

So gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi claims to be a new breed of conservative politician.

After carefully reading “The governor’s race: a primer” (Oct. 12), I’d have to say he’s more of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. $15 billion for wider highways? Great idea, so long as you don’t mind stealing $10 billion from education and health care to pay for it.

Trouble with the economy? Get rid of those pesky “unnecessary regulations” and just like Wall Street, our state will be doing fine!

And by the way, did you know that “costly regulations” are one of the primary reasons our health-care costs are through the roof? Better deregulate those insurance companies while we’re at it!

The giant mess our country is in today is the result of eight years of exactly this sort of thinking.

The voters of Washington need to ask themselves, “can we afford to turn our state over to a man whose policies are more of the same deregulating, free-market, run-amok foolishness?’

I don’t think so.

If nothing else, my pocket book says “No way.”

— Ann Tucker-Gwinn, Seattle

Prioritize expenditures, don’t increase taxes

My husband and I are retired with limited monthly income. We are watching the stock market plummet along with Wall Street and mortgage bailouts. Our investments, which we need to supplement our income, have gone down the toilet.

We can’t afford more taxes.

Now that the election is near, Gov. Christine Gregoire is worried and responds by saying she is cutting expenses and won’t raise taxes. But past actions show us that she will do just the opposite. Don’t forget the state gas taxes, along with $500 million dollars of other taxes and fees.

Moreover, in the past she has voiced support for a state income tax.

But again, the election is near, so she is trying to convince us otherwise.

We support gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi because he is experienced in balancing the budget by prioritizing expenditures and not increasing taxes and fees.

Likewise, in the presidential race, we support Sen. John McCain. He will be tireless in stopping wild government and pork-barrel spending.

McCain and Rossi give struggling families and senior citizens hope that there will be money left in our wallets.

— Lyn Allen, Spokane

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