Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor for April 14

Inslee on balancing demands of governing state with run for president

Washington state governor Jay Inslee talks to the editorial board of The News Tribune in Tacoma, December 14, 2018. The question of his potential run for president and how it will affect his work as governor came up.
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Washington state governor Jay Inslee talks to the editorial board of The News Tribune in Tacoma, December 14, 2018. The question of his potential run for president and how it will affect his work as governor came up.

Denny Heck, sign on to the Green New Deal

The Green New Deal, sponsored by more than 80 members of the House and Senate, contains some simple and important principles. It seems to me that every American, and certainly every member of Congress, should support these:

  1. Providing investments and leveraging funding to help communities affected by climate change.
  2. Repairing and upgrading existing infrastructure to withstand extreme weather and ensuring all bills related to infrastructure in Congress address climate change.

  3. Investing in renewable power sources.

  4. Investing in manufacturing and industry to spur growth in the use of clean energy

  5. Building or upgrading to energy-efficient, distributed, and “smart” power grids that provide affordable electricity.

  6. Upgrading all existing buildings and building new ones so that they achieve maximum energy efficiency, water efficiency, safety, affordability, comfort, and durability.

  7. Supporting family farming, investing in sustainable farming, and building a more sustainable and equitable food system.

  8. Investing in transportation systems, namely zero-emission vehicle infrastructure and manufacturing, public transit, and high-speed rail.

  9. Restoring ecosystems through land preservation, afforestation, and science-based projects.

  10. Cleaning up existing hazardous waste and abandoned sites.

  11. Identifying unknown sources of pollution and emissions.

  12. Working with the international community on solutions and helping them achieve Green New Deals.

These are all good ideas. Every one of them. The details will have to be worked out in specific legislation. That will be harder.

I don’t understand why Congressman Denny Heck has not signed on to the principles and the resolution. If he cares about the future, he will support the Green New Deal.

Jim Lazar, Olympia

Governor should focus on this Washington

I am a lifelong Democrat, lived in Olympia for 43 years, and I voted for Jay Inslee twice for governor. I was at the Governor’s Mansion the evening he returned from the other Washington where he’d made national headlines for criticizing Trump to his face. I thanked him personally for standing up to Trump. I like Jay and think he’s honest and means well. I agree with him that climate change is the most important issue of our time.

Nevertheless, I don’t support his Presidential bid. In my opinion he has no chance of securing the Democratic nomination and the effort is a waste of time. Not only that, he’s wasting taxpayers money which our state cannot afford.

Just a couple of weeks ago I received an email from his campaign trolling for donors so he could reach the 65,000 magic number required to be invited to the Democratic debates. To put this in perspective, Bernie Sanders already has over 800,000 individual donors nationwide.

Some pundits believe Inslee is only running in hopes he can be appointed director of the Environmental Protection Agency should the Democrats win back the White House. If this is true, he is still wasting a lot of taxpayer money and time to achieve that goal.

The governor’s Presidential bid seems like a selfish and narcissistic endeavor. I wish he would focus on his job here in this Washington.

Jon Epstein, Olympia
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