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ELECTION: TNT right to endorse Jan Angel

Letter by Jerry E. Gibbs, Gig Harbor on Oct. 6, 2010 at 2:39 pm with 2 Comments »
October 6, 2010 4:43 pm

The News Tribune editorial board was correct in its description of Rep. Jan Angel (editorial, 10-5). She does connect better with her constituents due to her experience as a Kitsap County commissioner, her broad record of community service and her experience in local government affairs. Yes, it makes her a better fit for this district.

I’ve heard Sumner Schoenike at public forums, and the editorial board’s description of him as a ”left-of-center Democrat” is correct. Schoenike, a dedicated community leader and compassionate physician, has an ideology more suited for King County than Pierce County.

The 26th District Democrats attack Angel on her votes in the Democratic-controlled Legislature. They claim she has few ideas when they know how the state Democratic caucus closes her out of the process. They continue their weak arguments concerning Angel’s votes on parks when they know their own candidate publicly praises her for her support of parks.

They make it sound like she wants higher tolls. They know she only voted “no” to protect the legal rights of her constituents who get tickets that deny them their day in court.

Now they sink to a new low and attack her for not having a list of degrees on her résumé. Well, we have congressional and legislative halls full of people with advanced degrees from America’s elite universities. How is that working for us? I’ll take someone with common sense and real-life experience who has really created jobs, not just studied the concept.

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  1. The fact that the Republican caucus put Angel on the Higher Education Committee in spite of her sketchy academic background is a symptom of the anti-intellectualism that is on a rampage throughout the country. Do they have an agenda of de-funding the research universities that provide the innovation and knowledge workers required to drive a 21st century economy?

  2. truthbusterguy says:


    Or, the reverse could be true. They appoint someone without a sheepskin so she helps people achieve a goal she was not able to reach. I don’t think you will ever find a republican or a democrat that is not in support of higher education. This also includes community colleges, trade schools and apprenticeships.

    The discussion needs to be, how we improve K-12 so more kids can even qualify for college. That is the first priority and how to reduce the cost of higher education is a close second.

    All of the above issues must lead to real education reform in WA State. We are presently on a “race to the bottom” when we are 32nd out of the 36 state competing for “race to the top” federal funds. Standing in the way of real reform is entrenched groups that want to retain the status quo in this state and across the country. They resist attempts to try charter schools and vouchers when there is evidence of success of these programs in other states and cities. 40% of the schools in Washington DC are now charter schools but we have none in WA State. And furthermore the architect of this new revolution in D.C. will soon be fired by the new mayor for her work that has done nothing more than to improve grades, graduation rates and rid the school system of 241 bad teachers. I guess it’s true that no good deed goes unpunished when it requires a school superintendent to fire bad teachers, close broken schools, and upset the teachers union in the process.

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