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ELECTION: Insist on accountability from candidates

Letter by Alan J. Hart, Lakewood on July 29, 2011 at 12:00 pm with 3 Comments »
July 29, 2011 2:06 pm

We are in our periodic election season. I suggest that all of us take the opportunity to ask candidates for every elected office, regardless of political affiliation, “If elected, how will you increase accountability in government?”

We should expect direct, well-thought-out responses. If the response includes “you just don’t understand,” or something to that effect, without excellent clarification, that candidate should lose our vote.

Let us remind elected officials that “We, the people” do understand, and we expect an efficient and an accountable government. We may differ in our goals, but we should insist that government agencies and officials listen carefully to us and our wishes. They can and should be flexible while adhering to our core values.

We have had repeated examples of lack of transparency and responsibility in state agencies. The continuing controversy with the state Department of Transportation projects is an obvious example. The Interstate 5/state Route 16 interchange is a continuing series of errors and lack of responsibility.

We have also noted that our elected representatives appear to ignore what citizens have voted for. Just think about what our Legislature did this year and the comments of current Pierce County Council members.

We need to insist that candidates state their positions on issues of concern to us and that they will abide by our wishes or lose our support. At minimum we should expect common sense, reasonable compromise and open communication.

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  1. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    Voters in the 26th need to ask Kilmer and Seaquist why they cut school budgets to fund health care for illegals.

    They both threw the parents in the 26th under the bus so Frank Choop could get his way. They do not work for you. They work for SEIU donations.

  2. Roncella says:

    Alan, Lets take the State of illinois for an example. They have 3 past governors who have served time in jail or are serving time presently or are about to serve time, blagovich.

    Its really hard to believe that the folks in Illinois were so blinded into voting for Blagovich as you see him appearing on T.V. as he comes and goes to his many court hearings giving short speeches and answering reporters questions.

    You have to ask yourself Why ?
    Its really very simple to explain, ” Follow The Money”.

    ident Obama is raising Millions and Millions of dollars for his 2012 campaign. His goal is to reach over 1 Billion dollars.

    He has been on at least 39 fund raisers already with many more planned.

    The President needs to stop running around the Country campaigning and get to work on the many problems facing our Country.

  3. PumainTacoma says:


    So where does Dexter live eh? Gig Harbor?

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