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I-1163: Vulnerable seniors need to be protected

Letter by Debi Osborn, Tacoma on Oct. 20, 2011 at 12:02 pm with 19 Comments »
October 20, 2011 1:11 pm

Re: “I-1163: Can’t afford it, don’t need it, hurts the state” (Our View, 10-9).

Every time I hear stories of seniors taken advantage of or abused, it makes me cringe. Our grandparents, who have worked their entire lives, deserve to be cared for by people with training and without dangerous backgrounds. That’s why I think that I-1163 should be a priority for this state.

We should be protecting our seniors by doing federal background checks called for in I-1163, not just the state-level checks we do now. This federal background check will prevent felons from other states from coming to Washington and becoming responsible for our parents and grandparents, who are at risk of abuse and neglect.

These stories are devastating and every time we hear one, it reminds us that we aren’t doing enough to prevent this from happening. We should be doing everything in our power to protect the most vulnerable people in our state.

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  1. BlaineCGarver says:

    Here’s some more drama…where are the kids of these elders???????? Where is the entire staff of these elders?????? Another feel good drain on our dwindling wherewithal.

  2. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    If they don’t scae you with kids they use the seniors. Well the sky is not falling and this idea is nothing but the SEIU employment act of 2011. A 99.5% union sponsered $$$$$ law that pays them $40 million to teach a class. People see through this one. It will lose big and I am glad the SEIU has wasted your tax dollars they get from forced union dues for state workers. This is millions they can’t give to inslee and obama.

  3. The first two commentators are known for their extreme right wing comments. They have no regard for the less fortunate and exhibit a stinginess and meanness unmatched in recent memory. They are true to their cause, but their cause is morally bankrupt and intellectually dishonest. A true Christian would have a difficult time absolving them of their obvious sins. Most of us can only feel pity and hope that someday they might see the light of redemption.

  4. The first two commentators may find themselves one day in a state run institution spending a day or two in between diaper changes and NOT being able to do a THING about it.

  5. taxedenoughintacoma says:


    You don’t know me and if you did you would know that I have a 93 yo mother and a mother in law with Alzheimer’s. The difference between you and I is that my family cares for ourselves and I don’t want or need a corupt union to care for my family membrs.

    The SEIU’s motivation is greed. They don’t care about anything but money and power. I know business agents in the SEIU and they are nothing but self serving thugs. I am also a christian and vet. I am a self made man that sees the entitlement attitude of the liberals like you in this state are the ones that need redemption. You are the ones making us a lazy country full of stupid mindless people.

    Yes, I make right wing comments but I don’t sink to personal attacks that some of the libs that comment here do. Those that have no defence for their position can only resort to personal attacks.

    Have a nice day.

  6. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    publico and frida are just acting like sore losers. 1163 will lose big and they know it. I will be surprised if it gets 30% of the vote. They are upset their leaders have wasted millions on this pipedream. Now they don’t have cash to gove to inslee and obama.

    Why don’t you two bash every newspaper in this state except the far left Olympian that came out AGAINST 1163 as unneeded, unnecessary, unfunded, unessential, unwarranted and most of all “uncalled-for”.

  7. taxed? You flatter me, but you see I think for myself and not along party lines. I also have compassion for those vulnerable in our society. Look at it this way, by finger printing and background checking those caring for the elderly, then it turns into a cash cow. Teachers and school employees have to do it, and mostly at their own expense. So for money driven folk like you seem to be, this is a dream come true. Its nice that you think of yourself, but not all peoples have the luxury of a caring family to care for them or ones with the means to do it. “Yay for me, to h**l with the others less fortunate.” That seems to be your mantra. So have a nice day and sleep well my friend.

  8. BTW? Your vote and/ or opinion is no more or less important than mine.

  9. frankiethomas says:

    This bill is funded by the union that wants to make money out of forcing membership for family members to take care of their own! Do you need to be trained not to abouse? That’s ALREADY against the law. This law puts needless cost and burden on a state and people that can ill afford it. This will make things worse not better. NO money will go toward improving conditions anywhere – it will TAKE money away from the people who need itt he most – families of the disabled and the elderly, and the disabled and elderly themselves. Do some research!

  10. The Progressive Voters Guide says to vote YES on 1163. That takes all the anti-union confusion out of the issue. It also explains why some are saying to vote no. Conservatives are more uniformly unsympathetic to issues involving the disadvantaged than are progressives. How they live with that is the real question.

  11. taxedenoughintacoma says:


    You continue to bash the evil “right wing”. Where is your criticsm of ALL the newspapers in this state that urge a NO on 1163.

    I went back today and even saw the Olympian came out against 1163. When a left of center bird cage liner like the Olympian cames out against 1163, you SEIU union guys are done. Let me stick a fork in you to check????

    Yep,,,,your done. Thanks again for wasting 2 million on your pipe dream. Hope you created at least a couple of jobs. But with the SEIU and obama job creation record I doubt it.

  12. concernedtacoma7 says:

    How about you read the bill and decide for yourself if it is good for the community or not? Educated voters analyze the issue/person and vote based on their opinion, not others.

  13. I read the bill and all the comments. The claim that it is a union deal of some question is false. The claim that we cannot afford it is false. The claim that it will help to insure better care for indigent or nearly so seniors is true.
    I have no axe to grind except with those who claim poor or disadvantaged people are not worth caring for.

  14. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Worth caring for? 99.99% of people would say yes. The question is who pays for that care and where is the line? Where is the line of individual/family/community responsibiliy?

    In case you missed the state and fed govt are broke, and the costs for taking care of the elderly are only going up.

    You can live in a dream world where big govt takes care of everybody, but your socialist dream supported by a shrinking capitalist base is unsustainable.

  15. The Olympian quotes and rehashes some of the statements from the Washington Research Council as a basis for their opposition. The WRC is a conservative ‘unthink’ tank and that is enough for me to reiterate my support for 1163.
    The true story of what is going on, I think, might be that 1163 is going to cost businesses that deal with the care of older citizens a few dollars more. I have no problem with that. And if it cost the State a few dollars more, I have no problem with that either. Remember, there are a few folks who decided that 2 cents on a bottle of water or soda was too much compared to the well being of some of our seniors.

  16. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    “The Progressive Voters Guide says to vote YES on 1163″

    That’s all I and MANY reasonable, middle of the road, voters need to hear. I am a solid NO and so are ALL my friends. Please join us in voting NO on this attempt by the SEIU to mandate the taxpayers give them tax dollars.

    This is the worst idea in WA State history. If they win they will be back for more. They will be back next pushing the income tax down your throat. The income tax is the only option they have to keep your cash coming to them. Sales tax revenue has dried up for them and they are afraid. Does anyone doubt this fact?

  17. commoncents says:

    if you plan on voting no simply because the union is using this bill to push their own economic/political agenda then I would expect you to also vote against I-1183 for exactly the same reason. However, I would suspect that people will come up with a whole lot of other reasons why THAT one is different. But it’s not…both the SEIU and Costco are trying to buy profits for themselves using the election process and various sob stories and sore points to do so. Personally? I’m voting no on both.

  18. If taxedenough says it is a conspiracy that will lead to the income tax, then I guess we can all comfortably for for I-1163.
    Thanks for your help whether you meant it or not.

  19. Taxedenoughintacoma: I can tell you that you are 100 percent correct! This is a front for SEIU to line their pockets!

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