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December 11, 2008 at 2:20 PM

Washington state’s bad rep

How sad

Are we becoming the “Armpit of America?”

Our politicians seem to be doing everything they can to give us that distinction. I received a call from a friend in Ohio saying, what is going on in your state?

First, it was the inflammatory poster from the Wisconsin-based, anti-religion group in our Capitol building. Next it was the horrible Christmas ornament that was commissioned for the White House Christmas tree.

The poster in the Capitol building did not express the sponsor’s beliefs but instead took a swipe at religious believers by saying “Religion is but a myth and superstition that hardens the heart and enslaves minds.”

I don’t mind hearing beliefs that are different from mine but I am offended when I am told that I have a “hardened heart” and an “enslaved mind.”

The Christmas-tree ornament could have been a reflection of the beauty of our state and the spirit of Christmas. Instead it was an inflammatory “impeach Bush” statement that had nothing to do with Christmas. Since it was known that first lady Laura Bush would be hanging the ornaments, it was a very insensitive thing to do.

How sad that we paint that tainted picture or our beautiful state.

— Byron Reynolds, Bellevue

I’ll show you poor taste

I found “In really poor taste,” most interesting [editorial, Dec. 4].

Isn’t art wonderful?

Each person sees something different in any particular work of art. But this isn’t really about art; it’s all about taste and particularly what The Times calls “poor taste” regarding Deborah Lawrence’s Christmas ornament.

I wonder what else besides Lawrence’s ornament might qualify as “in poor taste?” What about snatching people off the street and popping sacks over their heads, torture, pre-emptive wars, illegally monitoring Aunt Mabel’s telephone conversations (not to mention her Web surfing), refusing to sign conventions on cluster bombs (and countless others), pulling out of the antiballistic missile treaty, gutting regulations protecting consumers, workers and our environment?

All that leaves a pretty bad taste in the mouths of many patriots who wonder what happened to our current leaders’ moral compass. Is this the America our Founding Fathers had in mind?

How we long for an America with good taste.

The clock is ticking for the Grinch. Perhaps with the help and prodding of the people, our new leadership will bring good taste back to America.

— Leonard Eiger, North Bend

A few cards shy

How ironic. The same mayor who sold out the city of Seattle and the Supersonics now wants tax dollars to renovate KeyArena to attract an NBA team. Let me provide the mayor with a full deck of cards.

— Bill Kyle, Seattle

Commendations are due

I wanted to commend you for your editorial titled “Truce in the war on Christmas” [Dec. 4].

I am a longtime subscriber and often disagree with your generally conservative opinions, but I like other features in your newspaper.

I was pleasantly surprised to read of a call for tolerance regarding the differing religious views that exist in our community.

— Regina Spoor, Bainbridge Island

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