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ELECTION: Campbell’s claims are unfair

Letter by Carolyn S. Earwood, Graham on July 29, 2010 at 2:44 pm | 13 Comments »
July 30, 2010 9:20 am

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 no longer producing the income needed to be profitable.

If part of your business is not producing, then you downsize and try to cut costs so you can continue making a profit. I am sure this was a difficult decision, and to suggest that the Wilcox family business gleefully laid off one third of their employees is unfair.

The ad was paid for by Top 5 Contributors and put together by Moxie Media, which has worked for such liberal organizations as the Environmental Defense Fund, MoveOn.org, the Service Employees International Union and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

I am voting for Wilcox because he has run a successful business and has had to make hard choices to continue a local family owned business. It is time for new ideas and new blood in Olympia.

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