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Seattle Times letters to the editor

August 19, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Primary election results: Were candidates even qualified?

Executive race was simply a popularity contest

Editor, The Times:

It’s official: Most voters in King County are morons.

We know this because Susan Hutchison came in first in the primary for King County executive [“Former TV anchor to face off against council veteran,” page one, Aug. 19].

Here’s what most of her voters said to themselves: “Oh, I recognize her name and saw her on TV a lot. Therefore she should run our county government!”

Meanwhile, folks who are actually qualified got few votes by comparison. Pitiful.

— Matthew J. Barry, Issaquah

In most candidates, a dearth of relevant experience

In the end, I voted. But only for two candidates and the referendum. Why?

Because nearly all of the candidates failed to provide evidence that they were qualified for the job. We know they love Seattle, King County, Washington, the USA., Mother Earth and the Universe.

But did any of the candidates have relevant experience? Apparently not — otherwise, they would have said so, right? And why waste our time promising they’ll solve our economic woes or fulfill any other absurd claims all by themselves? If elected, they’ll work with others, negotiating and compromising, right? Isn’t that what politics is all about in a democracy?

Since the candidates didn’t provide qualifications, precious little relevant experience and nothing but empty promises, here’s my suggestion for future voter pamphlets: Let a special election committee draft a blanket statement that covers all the things you have in common — piety, patriotism, familial devotion and love of apple pie — together with critiques of how badly it’s going, overblown generalities about what candidates will accomplish and declarations that only candidates can save us from disaster.

That can go in the front of the pamphlet, where we can ignore it. Then tell us your actual qualifications.

— Paul J. Smith, Seattle

With long-term tunnel vision, easy to see it’s a poor choice

The Seattle Times’ tunnel vision regarding the anti-tunnel vote is extremely shortsighted.

According to The Times’ editorial, “A wounded mayor” [Opinion, Aug. 19]: “McGinn’s solution, surface transportation, will jam our streets and overwhelm the freeway.”

In addition to the short-term consequences of tunnel construction, the long-term global-warming consequences have been ignored. Hopefully our country will admit to the threat of global warming before it is too late for our children and grandchildren to correct the damage we have done.

If we decide to be responsible adults, the tunnel will be obsolete by the time it is finished or shortly thereafter. It is time we stop subsidizing single-occupant fossil-fueled traffic.

The money wasted on a tunnel would be better invested in a first-class bus-rapid-transit system.

— Bob Jeffers-Schroder, Seattle

Avoiding political storm with mail-in ballots

I would like to thank King County for instituting mail voting and giving me back so much time. I voted the day my ballot arrived, and therefore could hang up on robo-calls, fast-forward through campaign commercials, skip reading all The Seattle Times stories about the candidates and the election and change the subject when friends brought up the election.

And of course, walking to the mailbox is much faster than driving to my old polling place and actually engaging in a communal event of civic engagement.

— Silvia Ceravolo, Seattle

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