Sam Hunt won’t resort to tricks
There is an old trick in politics that says when you have nothing to say about yourself, try to find something wrong with your opposition.
Rep. Sam Hunt needs no such tricks.
His continuous service in the Legislature speaks for the trust instilled in him by his constituents.
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A civic leader, former educator and 25-year resident of Thurston County, the people know who Sam Hunt is. Sam will let them find out what they need to know about opponents.
Sam Hunt is the safe vote for the 22nd District.
LARRY HILL; Olympia
Appropriation led to $1.5 million grant
Pursuant to the letter to the editor accusing Stewart Henderson of profiting from a grant from the city of Tumwater let me set the record straight.
Henderson and Tom Crawford, of the Thurston Climate Action Team, made the presentation to the city of Tumwater as well as Olympia, Lacey, Yelm, Thurston County and the LOTT Alliance to assist in hiring a grant writer which resulted in the acquisition of $1.5 million to be jointly managed by TCAT and the Thurston County Economic Development Council (as reported in The Olympian of 6/17/10) for the purpose of creating energy efficiency in our county.
Henderson acted as a volunteer and received no money for his efforts.
The letter writer referred to Henderson as the leading candidate, and perhaps this is due to his ongoing commitment to the future of our community.
Inasmuch as I am a member of the Tumwater City Council, I am in a position to know the facts of the matter, unlike the letter writer. It is this kind of dedication to the people of Thurston County that will make Stew Henderson a great legislator. I am proud to support him.
ED STANLEY; Mayor Pro-Tem, Tumwater
All of us should care
In response to a recent letter questioning the motives of tea party supporters, I can say most emphatically that this tea party supporter cares very deeply about many things.
Our nation’s leaders, both donkeys and elephants, have buried us in unimaginable debt. All of us should care. Several billion dollars of the stimulus package were earmarked for increased unemployment insurance. How does paying people not to work create more jobs? It doesn’t and I care about that.
I care about an administration managed by graduates of the Chicago school of politics. Check your history on that one.
I care about an administration that spends $14.5 billion for a U.S. census, and claims the temporary census workers as “new jobs created.”
Ten years ago, the census cost $4.5 billion.
I care about a president who will not support drilling for oil in ANWR in Alaska, or other places where drilling can be controlled, and now finds himself, along with all the rest of us, dealing with a major oil disaster one mile deep which, as of this date, cannot be controlled.
Most of all, we tea party people care about America.
KEN MICHAEL; Lacey
Things are going in the wrong direction
How is America benefitting from the myriad current trade agreements now in force? Help me understand.
America was once the leading manufacturer of goods, both for our own use and for export. No more.
What benefit is it to Americans to lose whole industries with the resultant loss of jobs, in order to buy more cheaply?
A few examples: We used to have a vibrant shoe manufacturing industry. No more. We used to have a thriving garment industry with strong union representation. No more.
An out of work steel worker in Indiana appears on television, standing next to acres and acres of steel pipe destined for a Canada/U.S. pipeline, and wonders why the pipe comes from India when a local, nearby steel mill, is shut down. A strong steel industry in our country? No more.
On and on it goes. I cannot find shirts in any stores that are made in our country. And every confounded thing I pick up in my own home anymore — from an alarm clock to a baking sheet — is stamped, “Made in China.”
The late Robert Novak, years ago on “The Capital Gang,” put it best when he said, “Why does the United States have to be a nanny to the world?” How can we continue to help others by becoming weaker ourselves?
MARC PETERS; Lacey