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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

July 10, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Changing loyalties in the Legislature

Citizens’ response is underwhelming

State Senator Rodney Tom is Senate Majority Leader under a deal reached between two renegade Democrats (including Tom) and Republicans in the state Senate. He's a former Republican turned Democrat, who has turned Republican again. [Greg Gilbert, The Seattle Times.]

State Senator Rodney Tom is Senate Majority Leader under a deal reached between two renegade Democrats (including Tom) and Republicans in the state Senate. He’s a former Republican turned Democrat, who has turned Republican again. [Greg Gilbert, The Seattle Times.]

I haven’t seen any significant signs of upset caused by the change of party allegiance by Sens. Rodney Tom and Tim Sheldon. [“Time to fine dawdling lawmakers? Sen. Tom thinks so,” NW Wednesday, July 10.]

Imagine if you will, a ballgame between the Mariners and the Red Sox that included the following action: It’s the ninth inning, and the score is 1-0 in favor of the Mariners. In the middle of his windup, Felix Hernandez stops and strips off his Mariners jersey, revealing a Boston uniform. He proceeds to throw a 50-mph home-run ball to the at-bat Sox slugger, who hits a grand slam. The fans just sit there calmly and say to themselves, “how interesting.”

That seems to be the level of interest our local populace has in the things that really are important to their lives.

I sure wish the process of governance was as exciting as a ballgame.

Mike Anderson, Burien

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