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August 23, 2013 at 7:05 AM

Actions by Republican politicians questioned

The secret weapon

Danny Westneat wonders about the Oregon and Washington Republicans’ minds, their tabula studio. [“GOP veers right down wrong road,” NW Wednesday, Aug. 21.]

They, as well as Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, are the Democrats’ secret weapons.

Thank you, Republicans.

James Behrend, Bainbridge Island

The left is loony, too

Danny Westneat nailed it: Republicans are indeed shooting themselves in the foot by moving further to the right. But I would add that the left is just as loony.

Seattle city government wants to make it as tough as possible to drive and park cars.

The mayor vetoes a reasonable ordinance against aggressive panhandling, wants to be the commissar of worker wages, and makes less-than-truthful statements about the incidence of downtown crime.

The city attorney throws roadblocks at the Seattle Police Department’s efforts to get chronic (and sometimes violent) offenders off the streets. We don’t have enough police officers, but neither the mayor nor the City Council will make public safety a higher funding priority.

There is no danger that right-wing Republicans will take over Seattle. There is a danger that the left will drive a lot more middle-class citizens (and the taxes we pay) out of the city.

Phillip Johnson, Seattle

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