Topic: Tim Eyman
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November 21, 2013 at 7:03 AM
Both have a negative impact on the intelligent
After reading the article outlining the efforts of Alan Gottlieb and his Second Amendment Foundation, I was struck by similarities to another publicity seeking activist in our state: professional initiative promoter Tim Eyman [“Gun-rights sharpshooter," page one, Nov. 18].
Both could be labeled mercenaries in their zeal to cash in on their skills at manipulating both the legal system and the slow or uneducated members of our society. Both have an outsized negative impact on intelligent and informed discourse on the subjects with which their organizations concern themselves.
March 2, 2013 at 7:00 AM
Sen. Ed Murray works for the state, not a political party
How can Senate Democratic Leader Ed Murray say the state Supreme Court’s overturning the two-thirds voting requirement protects us from the tyranny of the minority [“Raising taxes gets easier — and politically harder,” page one, March 1]?
The voters last November approved it by 64 percent. Sen. Murray, that is a majority!
Murray shows the public his lack of understanding of his duty. He works for the citizens of the state of Washington, not a political party.
What a shame the political process of the state Supreme Court has fallen to this level.
–Leo M. Riley, Bellevue
Government programs need tax money
People want roads, bridges, public transportation, public schools, police protection, social services and other government programs, but they don’t want to pay for any of it. They vote for Tim Eyman’s anti-tax initiatives and scream when asked to pay road tolls.
By voting for anti-tax initiatives and candidates, they risk turning our highways into parking lots, our kids into losers and our cities into encampments for the homeless and mentally ill.
Moreover, they irrationally vote against their own self-interest, because Washington state has the most regressive tax system in the nation, but we have no high earners’ state income tax.
–Don Smith, Bellevue
February 25, 2013 at 4:02 PM
The pot and the kettle
Tim Eyman called Jay Inslee “a lying whore” [“GOP: Eyman’s remark to Gov. Inslee uncalled for,” NWFriday, Feb. 22]. Is this the same Tim Eyman who lied to us back in 2002 by saying that he worked for free but he was actually paying himself handsomely from campaign donations?
Eyman defined “a whore” as “a person considered as having compromised principles for personal gain.” Interesting! It seems that a “tea” pot can call anything black.
–Tadamasa Ichikawa, Bellevue
Inslee’s proposed taxes are more offensive
It’s shocking! Tim Eyman called the governor a lying whore in an email. I am more offended at a governor’s weasel-worded promise to veto tax increases and then to state that he would be open to extending existing taxes after he is elected.
The term “whore” can refer to an unscrupulous person. It can also refer to a person who engages in sexual acts for money.
If Eyman owes anyone an apology it would be the prostitutes who were compared to a dishonest politician. If I don’t want a prostitute to steal my money, I don’t have to associate with one. I can’t say the same for politicians.
–Dennis Doucette, Auburn
State needs solutions, not trash talk
Enough is enough. We have heard more than enough from Tim Eyman, Jack Fagan and Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan. We don’t need their trash talk interjected into an already divisive political process.
In fact, Washington state citizens should ask themselves whether we really need somebody who makes a living by writing initiatives interjecting anything at all into our political process.
But regardless of what one may think of Eyman or his positions on taxes, we should all reject that kind of language and the people who use it. Their dictionary definition notwithstanding, we all know what they meant when they called our governor a “lying whore.” And we all know how they expected people to interpret it.
Mike Fagan’s claim that the statement came not from a city councilman, but from a private citizen, doesn’t wash. Does he have multiple-personality disorder? He’s a council member and a private citizen who made a very public statement and then stood by it. He’s entitled to his opinions, as are we all, but he should be held accountable for what he says in public.
The citizens of Washington state need solutions and, yes, maybe even compromise, not trash talk.
–Christa Quackenbush, Shoreline
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