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ELECTION: TNT erred in endorsing Angel

Letter by Gerald Erwin Baldwin, Gig Harbor on Oct. 5, 2010 at 1:01 pm with 2 Comments »
October 5, 2010 2:20 pm

I am disappointed that The News Tribune took the easy way out in merely endorsing the incumbents in the 26th Legislative District races. State Rep. Jan Angel is simply not in the same league with state Sen. Derek Kilmer and state Rep. Larry Seaquist. Dr. Sumner Schoenike is.

To say that Angel’s legislative record is thin is gross overstatement; it is nonexistent. Using the excuse that she is in the minority party only begs the question: Did she propose any legislation of substance? The answer is plainly, no.

Schoenike, far from a political newcomer, is a board member of Franciscan Medical Group, board member of Communities In Schools of Peninsula and, as president of the Pierce County Medical Society, established Project Access for Pierce County, an initiative that provides free medical care for low-income, uninsured individuals.

These are not political offices in the sense of a governmental ballot, but they are certainly selective and qualify as public service.

Unlike Angel, who has no degree, and in addition to his bachelor’s and medical degrees, Schoenike has a master’s degree in public health, a very important qualification in light of the fact that health care is the second highest budgetary cost of state government after education. It, too, is the area suffering the greatest budget cuts. Our rapidly changing medical landscape begs for someone of Schoenike’s caliber.

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  1. sincere says:

    A degree doesn,t mean a thing,except to say you have been to school! Give me a person that has common sense every time, and that doesnt require a piece of paper! By the way,does the free medical care for low income families include illegals also ? If not you might be considered A Racist!

  2. jandkgibbs says:

    I feel I must disagree with Mr. Baldwin’s assertions. Yes, degrees look good on a resume but common sense, experience and character matter more. Let’s not forget that we have had two Presidents that did not have degrees. The halls of the US congress and our state legislature are full of graduates from elite universities and law schools. Has this resulted in quality laws being generated by these groups? Or just piles of legaleez dribble that no one can understand and full of unintended consequences. How are all those degrees working for us now?

    Fact is Jan Angel is a proven leader in the community and has real world experience that she factors into her decisions. At a time when hard choices will be needed to balance the state’s budget we need someone with her resume and level of compassion. Not another well intended liberal progressive that the Tribune politely describes as “a moderate Democrat with views that tack more to the left than to the center”. After hearing and meeting Dr. Schoenike at public forums I must agree with the Editorial Board. I have also learned that Dr. Schoenike is a quality individial , a dedicated community leader and a compassionate physician but his ideology is more suited for sections of King County, not Pierce County.

    I also agree with the Tribune’s assessment of Jan Angel.” Her experience as a former Kitsap County commissioner, her broad record of public and community service as well as her experience in local government, lends her deep connections to the area she serves. It’s a better fit for her district”.

    I am a “Fan of Jan” because I have seen how she comes to the aid of her constitutes, how she listens to our residents when she is standing on their doorstep, and her actions that have lead to positive results for the 26th district.

    I think the members of the 26th district democrats, who Mr. Baldwin belongs, has a case of buyer’s remorse after the financial investment their group has made in Dr. Schoenike. and taking out their frustrations on the News Tribune Editorial Board for their rare endorsement of a Republican.

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