Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

Tag: 2012 election

Nov.
9th

ELECTION: Thanks for approving R-74

My partner and I are representative of less than 10 percent of the households in this state. We are well aware that Referendum 74 would never have been approved without many of our straight friends and neighbors standing with us.

I am 58 and, while I knew this day would eventually come, I had resigned myself to never seeing it. The people of Washington state have proved me wrong.

We want to express how humbled and honored we were to witness the countless hours of volunteer work and millions of dollars donated by people who “didn’t have a dog in

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Nov.
8th

ELECTION: House Republicans need to compromise

John Boehner took no time in doubling down on his party’s big loss yesterday, suggesting that the vote for a Republican House was a mandate for their policies. This is nothing but self-serving sophistry.

In reality, the vote is a commentary on the corrosive and disgraceful gerrymandering used by both parties. This undemocratic charade pushes moderates and centrists out of the political process, and has resulted in today’s bitter and toxic partisan polarization and its attendant gridlock.

Our nation has enormous challenges before it, and if the Republican House’s only response is continued obstruction and the refusal to compromise, it

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Nov.
7th

ELECTION: Heed results and be respectful

The 2012 election has been an experience in class warfare. Many in the upper classes, being successful both economically and socially, voted to keep the traditional systems in place. Others, upset with their loss of jobs, savings and affordable education opportunities, and dissatisfied with the “holier than thou” aspects of American life, voted to move the country toward what they perceive to be a more even-handed system.

The divergence of these groups is not complete with both sides agreeing on many principles. We have to have incentives for good behavior, hard work and initiative, safety nets for the less fortunate,

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Oct.
22nd

ELECTION: I will cast vote for the common good

This is a tough election for me, since both major parties have failed ordinary Americans by too often serving the wealthy, privileged and powerful special interests, at average Americans’ expense.

In many cases, this is due to our deeply flawed election system that requires Congress to spend a significant portion of time and favor currying campaign funds instead of serving the common good. So until we get the special interest/foreign government/multinational corporate money out of our elections, Americans will continue to suffer America as a corporatocracy rather than a democracy.

And since recent Republican Party extremism compounds the problem, I

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Oct.
17th

DEBATE: Moderator was hardly unbiased

It would have been great if Tuesday’s debate had been a truly town hall debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney. Instead, it turned out to be a debate between the governor on one side and the president and CNN moderator Candy Crowley on the other side.

The Commission on Presidential Debates had arranged with the two campaigns that during this debate all questions would come only from the undecided voters who were invited. During her opening remarks, that’s exactly what Crowley said would happen.

It’s bad enough that Crowley kept butting in to ask questions instead of being a

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Aug.
27th

ELECTION: What will be the quid pro quo?

The 2012 presidential election is in a terrible state now, what with expectations that over a billion dollars will be spent, much of it secret donations resulting from the Citizen’s United debacle.

A couple hundred people are writing seven- to nine-figure checks to propagandize, scare, lie and smear certain candidates. If you can bear to watch TV between now and November, be my guest.

Suppressing the vote and quid pro quo between operatives trying to buy outcomes are rampant. For example, Sheldon Adelson and the Koch brothers are shoveling in money, yet directly benefit from what Romney says he wants.

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Aug.
15th

ELECTION: Muri reflects middle-class values

Tenth Congressional District candidate Denny Heck states that he supports the policies of President Obama; that he and the president are defending “America’s middle-class values.”

To what values is he referring? Are they the values of an unemployment rate of over 8 percent, with an estimated 23 million Americans either unemployed or no longer looking for employment?

Are they the values of Obamacare, which promised that medical insurance rates for the middle class would be reduced but have instead, increased?

Are they the values of the Obamacare that defunds Medicare by $716 billion so that senior citizens will ultimately be

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Aug.
9th

ELECTION: Show that we’re tired of Big Government

Re: “Consider third-party candidates” (letter, 8-9).

The writer is spot on concerning the 2012 presidential election. He correctly points out that we really have no real choice in the “Rombama” candidates running for our country’s highest office. Once again we are faced with the choice of the lesser of two evils.

The Big Government Party (that is, the Democrats and Republicans) has led our nation to the brink of financial collapse by involving our country in building an unsustainable military empire, engaging in wars with no clear plan for victory, and wasteful spending on enslaving our citizens with “entitlements.”

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