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November 7, 2008 at 5:11 PM

Election 2008: closer to home

Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times

Gov. Christine Gregoire conducts a news conference at the Seattle Westin Hotel Wednesday to talk about her plans for Washington state.

Seattleites’ wallets must be bulging

Editor, The Times:

So, Gov. Christine Gregoire is still the governor and yet another Sound Transit proposal has been approved. Apparently, the good people of this state love forking over their hard-earned dollars in taxes while getting absolutely nothing of value in return.

If only I still had the Seahawks to get excited about. What a year.

— Ted Hastings, Bellevue

Disappointment in both Washingtons

Well, the die is cast. We’re in for at least two years of one-party rule in the federal government, and I’d bet my next paycheck that — despite President-elect Barack Obama’s campaign promises of moderation — the Democrat majorities as represented by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will overestimate the “mandate” they think they have from the voters.

They will overreach to pass their radical agenda, and wind up alienating the American people, just as they did in 1992 and 1993. We’ll have to reverse course and throw at least some of the bums out in 2010 to restore some semblance of equilibrium.

One-party rule, no matter which party, is never good. It’s worse when the party in power is led by vindictive, intolerant extremists motivated by partisan revenge rather than the good of the citizens they’re supposed to serve.

Here in Washington, we’re in for four more years of ever-increasing taxes, irresponsible spending and incompetent leadership under Gov. Christine Gregoire. Not everyone in the Seattle area is elated at that prospect, but it appears that’s what the majority of people of the Puget Sound region want — a government that takes our money, fails to live up to its promises and then comes back demanding more of our hard-earned dollars.

As long as our city, county and state leaders see that the people they purport to represent are stupid enough to keep voting for them, there’s certainly no reason for them to change their ways.

I used to be proud to call Washington state home. No longer. Now, after living here for 58 years, I can hardly wait for the day I can leave.

— Winston Rockwell, Kirkland

No new taxes?

As a gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi supporter in 2004 and 2008, I am frustrated by what I feel is duplicity from Gov. Christine Gregoire regarding her promises not to raise taxes [“Rossi concedes defeat to Gregoire,” Politics & Government, Nov. 5].

In 2004, when repeatedly pressed by Dave Ross on his show for KIRO-AM, Gregoire finally quit dodging the question and promised that there would be no new taxes if she were elected. Of course, we now know that Washington state has seen record tax increases under Gregoire’s watch.

Now, in 2008, I note in your article that “both candidates pledged they would not increase taxes or fees to balance the budget next year if elected.” Will The Seattle Times pay particular attention to Gregoire’s budget this year to see if this in fact holds true?

To this day, Former President George Herbert Walker Bush is haunted by his “read my lips: no new taxes” blunder. Bush said one thing and then did another. He deserves the criticism now.

Gregoire copied a page from Bush’s playbook in 2004 and now appears to be planning for an encore in 2008.

— Andrew Schneidler, Sammamish

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