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October 15, 2008 at 4:21 PM

Rep. Maralyn Chase

Editorial was a cheap shot

As a Republican voter, I believe The Times’ description of state Rep. Maralyn Chase as a “caricature of a liberal Democrat” was a cheap shot [“Snohomish, North King legislative races: experience matters,” editorial, Oct. 14].

The Times may object to Rep. Chase’s willingness to rock the boat in Rep. Frank Chopp’s clubby little world in Olympia, but I find her candor, support for small business and her willingness to work across partisan lines to be refreshing.

She deserves much better than your belittling tut-tutting.

— Jim DiPeso, Shoreline

You missed the target

Your description of Maralyn Chase as “a caricature of a liberal Democrat” could hardly be further from the truth.

Furthermore, she lives in unincorporated Snohomish County in Esperance, adjoining Edmonds –not in Shoreline. She represents the 32nd Legislative District, of which Shoreline is a major part but only a part.

You have apparently been influenced in your judgment by Shoreline people who favor profit over people.

They seek to develop Shoreline into a Bellevue-like city, adding to their net worth while putting small businesses out of business.

In Olympia, Chase is a pioneer who does great work and tons of research with the legislative initiatives that she promotes, which are mostly for a healthier environment, accountability in government and social responsibility.

You must be listening to her corporate opponents who fight her continually as she works hard to protect and preserve a clean Puget Sound, safe foods and products and the pillars of democracy: trustworthy elections, education, constitutional law and a democratic form of representative government.

Chase is a champion who has led the effort to keep St. Edward State Park from being taken over by private ownership, thereby preserving the biodiversity of this public land.

She is undoubtedly one of the best-informed members of the Legislature. She does her own research and studies the bills, unlike many “electeds” who show up during the legislative session but do little work when not in Olympia.

As a constituent who also works on environmental issues and legislation, I am shocked at your lack of knowledge about this outstanding progressive Democrat.

— Rebecca Wolfe, Edmonds

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