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October 28, 2008 at 2:36 PM

Election endorsements

So right, yet so wrong

Kudos to you on your recent endorsements. I totally agree with the endorsements of Sam Reed and Rob McKenna as they have a track of proven records year after year [“Rob McKenna for attorney general,” editorial, Oct. 21; “Sam Reed should be re-elected,” editorial, Oct. 20]. They have been very effective in their respective positions through their high level of integrity and community relations.

In terms of The Times’ endorsement of gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi, it seems to be too biased and far-fetched to digest [“Rossi for governor,” editorial, Oct. 19].

Rossi has been in oblivion since 2004 election and resurfaced very recently by his BIAW [Business Industry Association of Washington] allies and the leaderless state Republican Party touting his past glory as the state senator.

It is surprising that a premium newspaper like The Seattle Times overlooked his inexperience, ignorance and insincerity, which have been very clearly reflected in all his recent debates with Gov. Christine Gregoire.

His views on global warming are the latest example of his lack of knowledge and adaptability to changes and modern-day living for a greener world.

Just two days after being endorsed by your paper, he realized the severity of economic crisis on a national level and suggested that if elected he would have to postpone many of his key programs. This reflects his lack of self confidence.

— Debu Dash, Seattle

Family planning depends on

choosing the right governor

Those who support gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi for governor identify his fiscal conservatism as a key asset. Yet, Rossi’s proposed tax cuts and road-building plan would more than double the projected $3.2 billion state-budget deficit. Only this week did he finally acknowledge such promises were untenable.

Meanwhile, in focusing so narrowly on Rossi’s fiscal policies, voters are overlooking his extreme views on social issues. As a state senator, he voted against requiring drug-insurance plans to cover contraceptives.

He pushed to fund an abstinence-only sex-education program while voting against funding for low-income family-planning services. And he favors allowing pharmacists to refuse to sell FDA [Federal Drug Administration]-approved emergency contraception.

Unlike Rossi, Gov. Christine Gregoire recognizes the importance of a good family-planning policy.

Family planning reduces teen pregnancy, prevents abortions and lets people decide when and whether to have children. Gregoire has worked to provide age-appropriate, medically accurate information to students and funding for family-planning services to low-income families, services like those offered by Planned Parenthood.

Gregoire supports rules that require pharmacies to dispense emergency contraception. We need a forward-thinking governor, not one like Rossi with his regressive health-care policies.

— Rejean Idzerda, Lake Forest Park

Correct your bias

in lieutenant governor’s race

I was appalled by the blatant conservative bias in your profile of the lieutenant governor race this Sunday [“Quietly vying for the No. 2 spot,” News, Oct. 26]. You gave ample description of Republican candidate Marcia McCraw’s background, qualifications and motivations for running for the office. You even took the liberty of letting her describe herself as highly organized.

Glancing over her associations with the father of dial-a-porn, and her DUI [Driving Under the Influence], you spent lavish space instead on her divorce and her skimpy resume.

On the other hand, you skewered current Lt. Gov. Brad Owen, devoting paragraph after paragraph to inflated controversies, the most recent from 10 years ago. You gave no mention to his long career in the Senate or the fact that he is the longest-serving current lieutenant governor. You went as far as to survey the marijuana lobby on his anti-drug focus, which can hardly be called fair reporting.

As a sophomore in high school, I am proud of the work that our lieutenant governor has done to get the anti-drug message out to students. He makes it fun and engaging for students. I am extremely disappointed in The Times’ bias and hope that it is corrected in the future.

— Tucker Cholvin, Snohomish

Bellevue parks levy

not the top priority

I love Bellevue and how well-kept it is. It is always a joy to spend time walking through the streets and parks around there.

What I don’t understand is how they can even be thinking about spending so much money on buying land and creating more parks when our economy is in such a questionable state [“Bellevue Parks, Yes!,” editorial, Oct. 10].

Instead of focusing on beautifying Bellevue, it seems like it would be much more of a priority to make sure that the city is doing well economically.

Just the other day The Seattle Times was talking about how Bellevue has had to stop many building projects because of the economic crisis, and now here we are again, spending money that could be used more wisely.

It’s not that I do not enjoy the new parks; it’s just that there are so many more important projects that we could be putting our money into, especially in this critical time.

— Erin Oostra, Mill Creek

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