Letters to the Editor

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Tag: 25th Legislative District

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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Nov.
18th

ELECTION: Morrell should concede in the 25th

Re: “Legislative fight in 25th not over yet” (TNT, 11-17).

“I shouldn’t be out doing this when Christmas lights are out,” Morrell said of her efforts to verify the identities of her voters whose signatures did not match the computer record at the Pierce County auditor’s office.

Forgive me for saying so, but state Rep. Dawn Morrell sounds like “the sunshine patriot” in Thomas Paine’s “The American Crisis.”

Concluding her campaign on a note of apathy, Morrell wonders whether she wants to win, “because it’s going to be a tough year.”

Someone will have to deal with the state’s budget

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Oct.
4th

ELECTION: Don’t judge Zeiger too quickly

Having known Zeiger for several years, I confess a bias that some say erases my ability to clearly judge him as a candidate. I also admit, however, that as a younger candidate for 25th district state representative, Zeiger’s seemingly little “experience” reduced my confidence in his run for office. What we have come to expect for a candidate’s age and accomplishments created doubt about his legitimacy, but I soon changed my mind.

There is now no doubt that our district needs Zeiger to be elected this November. After researching our current “representative” and her record, I cannot believe that we

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Oct.
4th

ELECTION: Morrell understands real-world needs

I’m voting for Dawn Morrell for state representative in the 25th district because I want someone representing me who understands the real life needs of the people of Washington.

Morrell was a critical care nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital so she understands the challenges everyday people face – especially when it comes to health care. She understands that for our youth to be healthy and safe, they need to have access to age-appropriate, comprehensive and medically accurate sex education that includes information on both abstinence and birth control.

Morrell knows how to make health care reform work to benefit all

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Sep.
28th

ELECTION: Dammeier’s endorsement of Zeiger indefensible

The News Tribune editorial board’s endorsement of state Rep. Dawn Morrell and positive assessment of John Thompson (editorial, 9-28) deserve applause, but its parallel endorsement of state Rep. Bruce Dammeier ignores his indefensible endorsement of Hans Zeiger’s history of hate.

When Dammeier asks voters to elect Zeiger, he also asks that Zeiger’s extreme views join him in Olympia. Zeiger has equated Girl Scouts with abortion and lesbianism. He wrote, “Churches fail to speak for manly virtue.” He has denied that Episcopalians are Christians. His writing expressed disdain for “Unitarians, mainstream Baptists, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, members of the ‘Military Pagan Network’

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