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September 6, 2013 at 7:22 AM

Initiative 517 in Washington

Corrected version
Support and protect the initiative process

Forrest Wald stops to sign an I-1056 petition offered by Tiarani Samsi outside of Lake Sammamish State Park in 2000. [Erika Schultz, The Seattle Times.]

Forrest Wald stops to sign an I-1056 petition offered by Tiarani Samsi outside of Lake Sammamish State Park in 2000. [Erika Schultz, The Seattle Times.]

I’m a strong supporter of Initiative 517.

I-517 guarantees the right to vote on qualified initiatives (like those banning red-light- ticketing cameras) and makes the process of collecting voter signatures safer.

Initiative 517 does what the Washington Legislature won’t: It protects and preserves Washington’s initiative process for the citizens of our state.

Opponents, led by strip-mall lobbyists, are offering nothing but ridiculous scare tactics designed to protect the current big-money-only status quo.

They say if I-517 passes, people will be able to elicit signatures for petitions at grocery stores, sports stadiums and other places open to the public, which they don’t want. The gaping hole in their argument is everyone has the right to do that now, thanks to the First Amendment and court rulings going back 30 years. The intiative doesn’t change that in the least.

Protect our freedom and preserve our democracy. Vote yes on I-517, and put the citizens back in charge of our citizens’ initiative, for today’s Washington and, most important, for tomorrow’s Washington.

Jim Coombes, Seattle

Some wording in this letter to the editor, originally altered for accuracy and published on Sept. 6 at 7:22 a.m., did not reflect the thoughts of the writer. These changes have been corrected according to the wishes of the writer, as of 12:38 a.m. on Sept. 6.

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