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…More
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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…More
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…More
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…More
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…More