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October 23, 2008 at 3:50 PM

Governor’s race

Be informed

Thank you for “Attack ads distort deal Gregoire rejected on Casinos,” [News, Oct. 19], which I have read and reread out of a wish to be a well-informed voter. I appreciate this comprehensive reporting since gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi’s campaign has made this issue prominent.

What’s especially helpful is learning that there was widespread bipartisan support for rejecting revenue sharing with the tribes. Call me naive, but I have to admit dismay to learn that Gov. Christine Gregoire’s management of this matter has been distorted for political ends. The way this issue has diverted attention from relevant issues also dismays me.

Accepting distortions in campaigns undermines the quality of our civic life. I hope voters will take the time to get informed and reject what is false and misleading not only in this matter but in all matters related to the election. I hope your newspaper and other sources will continue to aid voters who responsibly search out the facts. If we voters do our homework, maybe someday campaigners will give up distorting the truth.

Wouldn’t that be something?

— Constance Voget, Seattle

Hand in hand

Gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi does not believe climate change is real — just like the BIAW [Business Industry Association of Washington]. You cannot be a leader on climate change if you don’t believe the problem is real [“Clashing views on climate change,” page one, Oct. 22].

Rossi believes building roads is the answer — just like the BIAW. Every objective evaluator of his transportation plan has labeled it a farce that is neither economically viable nor physically possible.

Rossi voted against the environment two-thirds of the time, just like he votes with the BIAW 99 percent of the time.

What do you think he will do as governor: protect the environment or follow the right-wing anti-environment group that is paying $7 million to buy the election?

Groups like Washington Conservation Voters don’t just endorse Democrats, they endorse champions for our environmental protection, regardless of party affiliation. An environmental champion is an elected official who understands that protecting our quality of life and improving our economy go hand-in-hand.

–Ken Lederman, Seattle

Who’s your daddy?

The Building Industry Association of Washington [BIAW] has now pumped $7 million into gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi’s election campaign, with $4 million of that coming this past week [“Rossi’s biggest backer explains what it wants,” Times, page one, Oct. 17]. What’s going on here? Who is Rossi going to be beholden to if he is elected?

It doesn’t seem like he’ll be terribly responsive to the people, or the real needs of Washington, when his sugar daddy is BIAW.

— Bruce Barnbaum, Granite Falls

Don’t ruin what’s been started

A big issue for me is that gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi is anti-choice and anti-birth control.

Population control is extremely crucial for the preservation of our fragile environment. With more people becoming homeless, the risk of unwanted pregnancies increases. We’ve made a lot of progress since the days of [American birth-control activist] Margaret Sanger. Let’s not go back to those days by voting for Rossi.

— Kim Loftness, Shoreline

He’ll build a fish bowl

Gov. Christine Gregoire has been a plucky, well-organized and effective governor, despite her hairbreadth win four years ago, which would have made a lesser person timid.

What has gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi actually done that is positive for our state? What would he do during our next four years? Chop social services, promote his personal extreme-right-wingnut social agenda, and push that absurdly expensive Seattle-waterfront traffic tunnel that would fill up with saltwater as our planet warms up and Puget Sound rises.

— Chuck Hastings, Federal Way

She added before subtracting

The announcement Tuesday that our state’s jobless rate has dropped in the month of September is proof Gov. Christine Gregoire has led our state effectively during tough economic times.

Our state has added more than 28,000 nonfarm jobs in the past 12 months, an increase of 1 percent in the face of a nationwide decrease of 0.7 percent.

The jobless rate in Washington is 0.3 percent lower than the jobless rate nationwide. These numbers clearly show our state’s economy is faring better than the rest of the nation.

Gregoire has been a good steward of our state’s economy during a national economic crisis, but gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi and his friends continue to air false and misleading ads that exploit the fear and uncertainty of these tough times.

In one ad they say Gregoire has lost our state 55,700 jobs, but it fails to mention she has added 250,000. In another ad, they cite scary-sounding unemployment figures, but fail to mention our jobless rate is below the national average.

The truth is, Gregoire has served us well. In the middle of this national economic crisis, our state’s economy is much stronger than most other states.

— Fay Feganm, Seattle

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