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TNT: Disappointed in newspaper’s right turn

Letter by Delores Reagan, Tacoma on Dec. 18, 2012 at 11:22 am with No Comments »
December 18, 2012 11:22 am

Re: “Two Democrats thwart will of Washington voters” (letter, 12-15).

The letter expresses my feelings about state Sens. Rodney Tom and Tim Sheldon. In the old days they would be labeled “turncoats.” And I am still in shock that The News Tribune supported Rob McKenna for governor considering the Associated Press reported his association with radical elements in the Tea Party and his meetings with and support from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

ALEC is an organization composed of tobacco, oil, NRA and big drug companies whose goal is to have many public services, such as schools, prisons, public transportation, and social and welfare services, be taken over by for-profit private businesses. Really?

Maybe one reason your readership is down is not so much due to the digital age as to the sharp right turn the leadership of the paper has taken. I know it has left my head spinning! Have you completely lost your moral compass? It seems that way when you not just condone but seem to celebrate Tom and Sheldon for their dishonest behavior; it is never a “healthy check on Democratic power in Olympia” (editorial, 12-11), as they betrayed the very voters who trusted in them. If we wanted a red state we would have voted that way.

I have lost all confidence and trust in the newspaper I have treasured for the past 30 years. I feel like an old friend died; I mourn the loss.

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