Letters to the Editor

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Archives: July 2010

July
30th

ELECTION: O’Ban would support Constitution

With the recent Arizona judicial decision , we should all concentrate on supporting political candidates who will make decisions with the intent of the U.S. Constitution in mind.

Such a candidate is Steve O’Ban, running for state representative in the 28th district. He is a constitutional attorney who has argued and won before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Election integrity, immigration, border protection and fiscal restraint are a few issues that can be properly resolved if our elected representatives abide by the tenets of the Constitution. A vote for O’Ban will be a step to right the path from which we

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July
30th

ECONOMY: What happened to Made in America?

The Republicans blocked a bill to help small businesses borrow expansion money from small banks. The bill would have helped American businesses create American jobs.

We need the jobs, and the huge corporations are not only sending all our jobs overseas, they’re also applying for (and receiving) special visas so non-citizens can come to our country and take more American jobs.

Go to any big chain and try to find something made in America. Revere ware, KitchenAid, Black & Decker, Craftsman: all American icons and all now made in other countries. And good luck finding any bedding that’s made here.

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July
30th

DIABETES: Take action toward healthier lives

Re: “For our future, diabetes initiative must be reauthorized” (Viewpoint, 7-21).

I am encouraged that public awareness of diabetes is increasing through grass-roots efforts and organizations such as the Diabetes Foundation. As a physical therapist in the public schools, a member of the Washingtion State Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition and a parent of culturally influenced teens, I am exposed to and alarmed at the rising numbers of overweight, unhealthy, at-risk children.

I am equally alarmed at the lack of knowledge in the general population with regard to understanding healthy eating habits. I support the Diabetes Foundation in its mission to

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July
30th

MEDICARE: Expand program to everyone

Today (July 30) is Medicare’s 45th birthday. After President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law in 1965, millions of Americans age 65 and older had coverage for health care opened to them. Many of these people had not seen a doctor in years. Now they were able to get the care they needed. They didn’t have to worry about medical debt for themselves or about passing this debt onto their children.

Medicare dramatically reduced poverty among those 65 and older and also for those severely disabled.

Medicare is a government-sponsored program that today covers and is appreciated by over 45

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July
30th

ELECTION: Morell endorsement on target

The News Tribune editorial board got it right when it endorsed state Rep. Dawn Morrell for another term in the House of Representatives.
Morrell has served the 25th Legislative District and the people of the state of Washington for the last four terms, and she has done it well.

Always looking out for the working people’s issues and standing up for veterans, children and working families are just a few reasons Morrell continues to have my full support.

As a critical care nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital, she is on the front lines when it comes to medical care

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July
30th

ELECTION: Vote on merit of candidates, not their sign

Norm, Jesse, Ken and Mark, I quickly scanned as I drove down North 26th Street. The proliferation of political campaign signs could mean only one thing — the arrival of the campaign season.

I pondered why Norm, Jesse and the others would feel the need to populate the narrow median with so many of their signs. Aren’t there more effective means to communicate with the voting public with less visual blight? Why do we need to be inundated with sign after sign after sign placed in every slight patch of earth?

I would challenge the candidates to eliminate the signs.

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July
30th

ELECTION: Justices should be more judicious

When Justice Richard Sanders yelled “Tyrant! You are a tyrant!” from the audience at the U.S. attorney general, The News Tribune lamented his behavior as “hardly judicious” and said it ignored rules of common sense and courtesy (editorial, 12-1, 2008).

In 2009, in response to the publicity about his failure to disqualify himself for a conflict of interest, Sanders said he wouldn’t benefit from the court ruling because any money coming as a result would have gone to his lawyer (TNT, 3-11, 2009).

He would have us believe that he doesn’t personally benefit from a court ruling in which he

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July
29th

ELECTION: Campbell’s claims are unfair

We received a postcard from state Rep. Tom Campbell’s re-election campaign. It claims that JT Wilcox – Campbell’s challenger in the 2nd district – made a “million-dollar fortune off his workers.”

For the ad to suggest that an entrepreneur is wrong to make a profit from his family business is just wrong. Is Campbell suggesting we redistribute wealth, that it is not right to to make a profit?

The card cites a 2008 Seattle newspaper headline about how the Wilcox Family Farms “plans to lay off third of work force.” The Wilcox farming business ended milk production because it was

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