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August 12, 2009 at 3:16 PM

King County executive race: in search of leaders

Ross Hunter fair game for criticism

I have been working at Wal-Mart for nine years and they still don’t pay me enough to afford their health insurance. So I am glad that President Obama is showing strong leadership and pushing Democrats and Republicans to get on board with fixing our nation’s broken health-care system. I wish my local officials were showing the same leadership.

I want local leaders who understand me and who push to make the lives of working people better — not easy, but better. So earlier this year when the Legislature was coming up short — billions short — on balancing the state’s budget, I understand that they had to make some hard choices. Working people like me make hard budget choices every week.

What I cannot understand is why they failed to get rid of a bunch of tax breaks for big corporations. What I can’t understand is why they seemed to help out big business and not do much of anything for the little guy.

Now [King County executive candidate] Rep. Ross Hunter says it is unfair to criticize him because he was only doing what all the other Democrats did [“Attack ads are unfair,” editorial, Aug. 7]. For starters, he is the one who wants to be in charge of this county, so that makes him different. And since when is “I was only doing what the other guy did” a good excuse? I don’t buy it for a minute. Do you?

I want the guy in charge of King County to be a leader, not a whiner.

— Mary Watkines, Kent

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