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March 1, 2009 at 3:47 PM

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s speech

A simple “mea culpa” will do

When I heard Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal refer to the monitoring of volcanoes as wasteful spending, I immediately recognized the gaffe of an ignorant politician [“Obama soars, Jindal bores,” editorial, Feb. 26].

I thought his speech was immature and inconsequential, except for perhaps his own political future. I wish Republican candidates would stop treating the citizens they propose to lead like idiots.

I read, I listen and I cast an educated vote, but you’d have to be dumb not to recognize it is Republican incompetence – an ideology that habitually disrespects regulation and the middle class – that is overwhelmingly responsible for the economic disaster we now face.

How about a simple “mea culpa” and digging in as elected officials, rather than Republicans, to help restore our economy and national integrity?

How is it that Americans can see tribalism is dangerously counter to Iraq’s future, but cannot see it in their own country? Perhaps, it would help to rename our political parties “Sunni” and “Shiite.”

— Susan Ward, Bainbridge Island

Baring backbone

God bless the governor of Louisiana. Much to the consternation of the Obama administration and other liberal special-interest groups, the good governor is refusing to accept any Obama stimulus money.

Instead, he’s continuing to cut taxes in his state, and it’s working.

Could you imagine Gov. Christine Gregoire showing that sort of back bone? Not a chance. She’ll be fighting to be first in line at the trough.

— Tim Lederle, Bellevue

Asinine assertion

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal claimed volcano monitoring was a waste of money. Tell that to the 57 people who died when Mount St. Helens exploded in 1980. Tell that to residents who live near Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier today.

Jindal’s statement was as asinine as telling people in Indonesia and Thailand that tsunami monitoring is a waste of money. Or telling people in his own state that hurricane monitoring is a waste of money.

And Republicans think this is their man for 2012? Wow. What a disaster.

— Matthew Barry, Issaquah

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