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August 23, 2013 at 7:05 AM
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
July 30, 2013 at 5:58 AM
Republican politics needed
Lynne Varner’s column states that a number of factors drive success, or lack thereof, including education and family conditions and thriving communities and cities. [“Scaling the income ladder: the geography of success,” Opinion, July 26.]
Varner’s solution is to break through barriers by offering better economic conditions to the parents of struggling, low-income students.
Therein lies the catch! Do you offer them the liberal, socialistic approach that has led to the likes of Chicago and Detroit or support a more capitalistic approach?
Most cities with high rates of poverty have a history of not electing Republican mayors.
Dick Applestone, Bellevue
July 17, 2013 at 7:12 PM
Senators got the job done
We should thank the state Senate bipartisan majority for getting a budget passed and holding the line on new taxes. [“Tax breaks instrumental in reaching deal on budget,” NW Sunday, June 30.]
The senators showed courage to make hard cuts that are needed. The leaders were able to put party politics aside and get the job done — a good example to the other Washington.
We are proud of Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn, for his leadership and efforts during the past session.
Steve Altick, Auburn
Republican voice was heard
I have become weary regarding the bipartisanship that continues to permeate our government. Recently, Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, posted on Facebook that he held the Republican-led Senate responsible for tax breaks. [“Darigold tax break irks state legislator,” NW Saturday, July 6.]
All I can say is thank you, Republican-led Senate. This year, for the first time, it was refreshing to see a process that was not Democrat-led in the House, Senate and governor’s office.
Two individuals in the Senate provided a Republican majority that required these three bodies to work more collaboratively, rather than the one-party domination we have seen in the past.
I, for one, appreciate that a budget was passed with only minimal tax increases that meet state needs to increase educational funding. I also feel a tax break to Darigold that will increase jobs is beneficial to our state.
Isn’t it interesting that many of the tax breaks, including this one, were sponsored by members of Rep. Carlyle’s party? Yet this legislator, who approved these tax breaks, now seeks to create more dissension between parties. I agree with Rep. Carlyle on one thing: The taxpayers do deserve better, and I believe this past legislative session through collaboration rather than domination was indeed better.
Carolyn Yeager, Seattle
July 15, 2013 at 11:42 AM
Political move is either irony or hypocrisy
The Legislature had special sessions because Democrats control the House and Republicans control, narrowly, the Senate. [“Time to fine dawdling lawmakers? Sen. Tom thinks so,” NW Wednesday, July 10.]
The Legislature split when Sen. Rodney Tom won the election as a Democrat, but then joined the Republican caucus.
Sen. Tom now wants to fine members of the Legislature for having special sessions. Irony, or hypocrisy?
David Nash, Seattle
July 10, 2013 at 4:30 PM
Citizens’ response is underwhelming
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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