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April 10, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Congress: We need to do a better job of self-governance

Syndicated columnist Ann McFeatters is angry with Congress, and she should be [“From Oso mudslide to climate change, our leaders have failed us,” Opinion, April 4].

We have every right to expect our government to act responsibly and look out for our welfare. But the most important point she made was buried at the end of her column: “We have failed ourselves by not demanding that Congress give us good government.”

We can’t just be angry with Congress, we have to lead Congress. McFeatters is right that government has lapsed. We the people need to do a better job of self-governance by telling Congress what we want. We want responsible building and logging permits so that we never have to go through another tragedy like the Oso disaster.

Not unrelated, as climate change is expected to make heavy rains more common, making disasters like the Oso mudslide more likely, we want action to address climate change — big, bold action like a carbon tax to phase out our use of fossil fuels.

We are ready to be serious about this, so Congress had better be ready, too.

Emilia Jones, Seattle

Comments | More in Congress | Topics: Ann McFeatters, climate change, Emilia Jones

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