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October 27, 2008 at 4:37 PM

Governor’s race

Don’t undermine your beliefs

Anyone who is paying any attention for the past eight years realizes that the negative economic indicators (unemployment, financial-market crisis, energy cost, revenue shortfalls) are the result of the failed Republican policies in Washington, D.C., not Gov. Christine Gregoire as gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi’s ads incorrectly claim [“Rossi for governor,” Times, editorial, Oct. 19].

These policies have forced states to find ways to fund essential services. Gregoire has done an excellent job considering all the reductions in federal funding to the states. Spending money on children’s health care, higher teacher pay and market-salary adjustments to state-employee salaries is not throwing money away. It is investing in the people of this great state, which we all benefit from.

Claiming that Gregoire had her chance and blew it — justifying somehow that Rossi deserves a try — is insane. While he tries to change his stripes from Republican to GOP to get elected, he still believes these same failed ideas.

If you believe in change enough to vote for Sen. Barack Obama, then don’t undermine that belief by voting for Rossi.

Let’s see what Gregoire can do with a Democrat in the White House.

— Michael Barr, Sammamish

We’re almost there

It is not surprising that the Building Industry Association of Washington is supporting gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi for governor. Both are anti-worker and anti-government regulation [“BIAW, Rossi’s biggest backer, explains what it wants,” Politics, Oct. 17].

Several years ago when building houses was a booming business, my husband and I spent weekends driving around to the new neighborhoods that were going up, looking to buy a home. We were quite surprised and puzzled to note that the workers did not speak English; it seemed that low-wage, nonunion, imported labor was being used at these work sites. We wondered why builders did not employ local-union carpenters.

It appears that the members of the BIAW are not supportive of strengthening communities by paying good family wages. I’m sure they love Rossi’s idea of cutting the minimum wage.

The home-building contractors that the group represents have been part of this mortgage mess consuming our country. They became wealthy by overbuilding, and building homes that most working-class people could not afford. The BIAW has acknowledged that it wants fewer environmental regulations. Sound familiar?

Please re-elect Gov. Christine Gregoire, rather than return our state to the policies of President George W. Bush just as we are finally ridding ourselves of him.

— Judy Bumbarger-Enright, Vancouver

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