Governor's spending priorities are wrong
Yep. Our governor doesn’t think much of Arizona’s new program to help stop illegal immigration. And, in fact, she thinks we ought to quit doing business with ’em.
Well, except for the things that really matter to Washington. So, how much of the fruit of our labors in terms of taxes is she willing to commit to helping Arizona?
I mean, isn’t this the governor that requires, yes, requires, an office in Washington, D.C.? I mean we must have money coming out our ears to afford things like that. Don’t we? You don’t mind several hundred thousand a year for a Washington, D.C., office do you?
Maybe the philosophy is as long as it’s tax money, it doesn’t really count. We can even afford special legislative sessions.
So why not offer to help Arizona instead of criticizing them for trying to maintain fiscal integrity? We might even offer the amount we’re spending on a state office in Washington, D.C.
LOREN GEE, Olympia
Lawmakers must listen to those who elected them
I had the pleasure of attending the American Federation of Teachers candidate forum to see the candidates for our next Legislature.
I was shocked to hear Chris Reykdal say, “It’s not like our initiative process is pure,” when referring to the ability of citizens to create mandates for the Legislature.
Most of the other candidates seemed to agree.
They grumbled about having to meet the demands of the voters who put them where they are today. They made all sorts of excuses for why they can’t fund the things the voters want, while not wanting to let go of their pet projects.
Only one candidate stood up for the people’s right to have initiatives, and that was Justin Kover. He was the only one who gave straight answers to the questions, and when the others were going on about why they can’t do as the people tell them, he was the one who said, “If the voters vote to give teachers a raise at the same time they want to lower taxes, then that’s what they want.”
He also said that when the Legislature chose not to listen to the people, that was a failure on their part. I couldn’t agree more.
When the voters vote for one thing, and our elected officials vote to do another, it’s time to get rid of all of the incumbents.
KIMMY KINNEY, Lacey
We don't want to be like California
Costco’s corporate spokesperson speaking in front of Seattle nightly news cameras said consumers in Washington state wonder why we can’t have liquor available at all the large retail chains here as it is available in California.
Because consumers don’t like things the way they are now, Costco is stepping into (or on) our democratic process by gathering signatures for a full privatization of liquor sales initiative.
Even if one doesn’t ask what is democratic about Costco, Safeway and Wal-Mart taking over most liquor sales, or what might be the total cost of less regulation and therefore increased per capita consumption here, at least stop to consider what we value most about living in Washington and whether or not we really want to be more like California.
Advocates of less restriction and regulation often claim a win/win through economic growth and greater freedom of choice for consumers.
Could we still be that gullible?
RON COMER, Lacey
The wealthy and powerful have their way
Without the protection that election reform would provide to citizens — choices and guarantees, that they elect their own representatives — the American people are not going to be able to ever pick the citizens they want to run for office.
This is called democracy?
The wealthy and powerful, with the help of the Supreme Court, have just assured the citizens of this country that, unless we really reverse this decision allowing unlimited campaign contributions, we have become a defeated majority.
It seems to be very important to them that they have used their lawyers and their power to change definitions to overwhelm us completely, and so, likewise, we must use the law to incarcerate these criminals as the fraudulent cheaters they are.
Why do we consider that these people, even though we have proof that they knowingly broke many laws, should still be allowed to roam the streets of our nation?
What drug dealers in this country have done pales in comparison to the damages that these economic institutions have wrought. These people must be dealt with by the law accordingly or it will be exceptionally obvious to all that our justice system is so compromised by this infection that they can do nothing but allow it to continue.
WILLIAM W HAYWOOD, Centralia