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July 10, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Seattle mayoral race heats up

Debate should focus on content, not style

As a college instructor of public policy, I stimulate debate, civic engagement and challenge my students to pursue the truth. I am appalled that The Seattle Times has abrogated its responsibility to report without bias. [“Rivals target McGinn’s style,” page one, July 9.]

The front-page headline demeans the level of public discourse. This is not what the public wants or deserves. Strong leaders fight for what is right and make things happen. Isn’t that what McGinn has been doing, being a strong leader?

Despite the recession, Seattle continues to fund human services, be in the top 10 of various national rankings and have a 4 percent unemployment rate, and that is no accident.

Stop framing the mayoral race as a beauty contest. Be responsible. Show civic leadership and reframe the debate from style to content.

Maria Batayola, Bellevue

Comments | More in Politics, Seattle | Topics: debate, leadership, mayor

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