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February 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Legislative session

A walk down Olympia lane

I met with a group to spend the day socializing with our legislators in Olympia and was compelled to share my observations. While everyone in the offices that we visited was polite and courteous, I was intrigued with the stark differences in response.

My Republican representative filled us in on the tasks that she was working on, which were about government transparency, program oversight and agency responsibility. Exactly what is needed, I thought, in this economic and social environment. We were respected, it seemed, for our concerns, efforts and contributions.

What I gained from leaving my Democratic senator’s office was drastically different: Gas prices will be going up, property taxes will not be going down and we will all have to purchase new electric cars. I felt perceived as selfish and greedy for wanting to enjoy my RV with my family or desiring to feel safe on our outdated ferries rather then support mobile dental care or some other such entitlement.

Don’t get me wrong, I know their heart is in the right place. I just question their ability at deductive reasoning. We would still have to burn gas, oil and coal or go nuclear to recharge all those electric cars.

— Kelly Emerson, Camano Island

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