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November 9, 2008 at 3:35 PM

Tim Eyman, initiative guru

Ken Lambert/Seattle Times

Initiative entrepreneur Tim Eyman

Give it a rest, Tim

Editor, The Times:

Nov. 6, there was a Seattle Times editorial strongly denouncing Tim Eyman’s Initiative 985 [“Voters say no to I-985”] and a separate story, “Eyman vows return in ’09 with new issue.”

Perhaps rather than serving as vehicle to provide publicity for the man who “makes his living promoting initiatives,” you would serve your readers and the state of Washington better by exercising a little restraint in reporting every move this joker makes.

The obvious solution to the problem of Tim Eyman would be if he ran for elected office — at which time there would be an opportunity for him serve as an elected official rather than wasting untold dollars and time of elected officials in having to deal with his hijinks.

But why would he submit to that definitive sense of the voters when he can count on using media outlets such as The Seattle Times to help get the word out on his latest adventure? After all, a man has to make a living.

— Travis Burgeson, West Seattle

A pathetic pattern

Of course the Ey-man [Tim Eyman] will be back next year with another initiative — it’s a lucrative form of “employment.”

Without another campaign, he wouldn’t be able to pay his bills. He’ll dream up another bit of mischief in his alleged mission to “protect” taxpayers from the state and local officials we have elected to run government offices.

Never mind that the Legislature and local councils are charged with performing the services we deem necessary.

Eyman will assert that the taxes needed to support those services are too high. And the gullible will believe that we are indeed sorely put-upon, and they’ll sign these initiative petitions.

Our duly-elected representatives will have to spend precious time educating us as to the harm the next initiative will wreak upon us.

It’s beginning to be pathetic.

— Edna Peak, Des Moines

Exiled to Wasilla

So, Tim Eyman plans to be on the ballot again next year, huh? Based on his past performance, I would be happy to see him on the ballot again, but only if the next initiative related to him were one to banish him to live in exile.

Exile, that is, in Wasilla, Alaska.

Just think, he and Gov. Sarah Palin would have lots of space to practice their maverick skills and leave the rest of us alone.

— Connie Ringler, Redmond

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