Letters to the Editor

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Tag: 25th Legislative District

Oct.
24th

ELECTION: What’s Romney got against Big Bird?

Does Mitt Romney really want to cut Big Bird on PBS or cut programs like those hosted by Bill Moyers that expose the abuses of the rich and powerful?

Last Sunday, Christina Freeland, author of “Plutocrats: the Rise of the New Global Super Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else,” was a guest on Moyers’ show. She reminded us that the big banks in Canada wanted fewer restrictions and more consolidation like what took place in the United States. But the Canadian government said no, which saved their banks from the crash that happened in the United States.

As an

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Oct.
24th

ELECTION: Schlump has deep community roots

I will be voting for Shelly Schlumpf over Dawn Morrell for state representative in the 25th District based on their records.

Schlumpf’s understanding of our community comes from her deep involvement in it. Whether it’s the PTA, Daffodil Festival or our Farmers’ Market, she has strong roots in local causes. Her commitment to our community comes from her concern for its residents. She would take this passion to Olympia and represent us well in the Legislature.

Morrell may be a good person, but she has a bad voting record. For eight years, she voted for fiscally irresponsible budgets and to

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Oct.
22nd

ELECTION: Bruce Dammeier is not for education

I received a mailer from 25th District state Senate candidate Bruce Dammeier. It sickens me that he is running for with the platform, “A Champion for Our Kids” and “all kids deserve a quality education.” He goes on to state: “An excellent education system starts with setting high standards. On the Puyallup School Board, I helped increase academic rigor and standards. As your state representative, I have continued this work, fighting off efforts to lower the bar and shortchange our kids.”

While on the Puyallup School Board, he supported the discriminating and poor education standards that are given to special

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Oct.
18th

ELECTION: Schlumpf has experience state needs

Regarding your endorsement of Dawn Morrell (editorial, 10-15) for state representative in the 25th District, I have a different opinion. I am supporting Shelly Schlumpf.

While Morrell’s “Trust a Nurse” slogan is catchy, I would agree if the problems in Washington state were medical in nature. However, in my mind, the biggest issues in this state and the nation are financial.

History has proven that the key turnaround in every financial crisis was small business and the free enterprise system. Schlumpf not only is CEO of the Puyallup/Sumner Chamber of Commerce, but also has a history in the private

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Oct.
11th

ELECTION: Bill Hilton’s big on community

My good friend Bill Hilton has my enthusiastic support in his run for state representative in the 25th Legislative District. He is eminently qualified by virtue of his integrity, maturity, and career and real-life experiences. As an active community volunteer, he is effective, innovative and knowledgeable.

As a  player on the Mount Tahoma High School football squad in the early 1970s, “Wild Bill” Hilton learned teamwork and skilled strategy under the tutelage of Coach Joe Stortini.

As a captain in the Washington State Patrol, over 30 years he developed strong leadership and conciliatory skills. A talented writer, he writes for

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Aug.
10th

ELECTION: Zeiger misleads on education support

I was shocked to receive a mailing from 25th District Rep. Hans Zeiger claiming that he “stands for teachers” and “is an advocate for teachers.”

This is shocking since he wrote, in a 2003 Seattle Times op-ed, “Having been a part of both the home-school movement and the public-school morass, I would now go so far as to recommend that parents not place their children in a public school at all.”

Being a public school educator for 24 years, I find Zeiger’s statements regarding public school disgusting and disrespectful to the majority of us who went to public schools, sent

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Aug.
10th

ELECTION: Fighting those 17 angry billionaires

We are preparing for the overwhelming flood of TV ads as a result of Citizens United unlimited campaign funding. Much of it will come from 17 angry billionaires who think there should be less Wall Street and environmental regulation, larger tax cuts for millionaires and smaller entitlements benefiting the middle class. They may have their way if the Republicans take over at all levels of local, state and national government.

As a result I’m knocking on doors and calling citizens in my precinct urging them to support Democrats at all levels: Barack Obama for president, Maria Cantwell for U.S. Senate,

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Nov.
22nd

ELECTION: Ethics breach in the 25th District

Pierce County taxpayers have teachers at Puyallup and Rogers high schools to thank for the anticipated expenditure of $100,000 for the coming recount of ballots in the 25th District legislative race between Dawn Morrell and Hans Zeiger.

Zeiger was given illegal access to school facilities when he was the speaker at the May Puyallup High School graduation ceremony involving 408 seniors and their parents and spoke to debate and civics classes. Paraphrasing state RCW 42.17.130: No public employee may authorize use of public facilities for the purpose of assisting a campaign for election of any person. Zeiger should have known

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