Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

Tag: 28th Legislative District

July
25th

ELECTION: GOP PAC misstates Green’s record

Who is the Good Government Leadership Council, and why is it lying about 28th District state Senate candidate Tami Green? It makes it sound like she’s against education, saying she’s repeatedly voted to cut education funding.

The group references votes between 2009 and 2011 when the state’s finances were in the toilet due to the extreme recession we all experienced; all were related to the biennial operating budget or supplemental operating budgets.

Every area of the state had to reduce spending because there was no money. In the last two years there were 189 votes in the House dealing with

Read more »

July
9th

ELECTION: Trudnowski’s a fresh face in politics

The Aug. 5 primary is less than a month away. Many candidates are the same ones we see every election, but one is new.

Monique Valenzuela Trudnowski, candidate for House Position 2 in the 28th District, is not a career politician or candidate. She and her husband Bill own Adriatic Grill near the Tacoma Mall and know the challenges of being small business owners during tough economic times.

Rather than sell the business, they stepped up and voluntarily foreclosed on their home to meet payroll for their 30 employees during the peak of the recession. Their business now employs more

Read more »

May
15th

ELECTION: Voters should pass on Green for Senate

Re: “Ad attacking Tami Green doesn’t tell the whole story” (TNT, 5-14).

Yes, the Tami Green ads may not tell the whole story, but they certainly say enough to tell the voters to pass on her being a Senator! Though her sanctions were minor, they seem to point out a trend common to today’s lawmakers that the misuse of a political office for pedaling inappropriate gain is OK. Plus, her anemic support to the citizens of Tillicum in opposing the Camp Murray gate relocation was appalling.

Steve O’Ban is doing a good job and deserves a full term to

Read more »

Oct.
22nd

ELECTION: Steve O’Ban supports the Constitution

How many voters are at all knowledgeable of the Constitution of the United States? My guess is not enough.

In recent years, many of our politicians seem to consider that document an obstruction to their cause and therefore choose to ignore it or lobby to change it. The age-old axiom of be careful what you wish for was never more relevant. The unintended consequences of ignoring or altering the constitution can only lead to eventual losses of our basic freedoms.

We have an opportunity to correct the damage by voting for politicians who support the Constitution as it was written.

Read more »

Oct.
15th

ELECTION: Choiniere cagey on income tax stand

I was more than a bit surprised to hear that Eric Choiniere, Democratic candidate for state representative in the 28th District, professed his opposition to a state income tax at the Steilacoom Chamber of Commerce candidate forum Sept. 27.

Last April, I sat on a panel of teachers’ union members in which he did just the opposite: He indicated the need for a state income tax.  Talking in a casual and friendly way with union members whose collective bargaining status, he promised, would only be taken away over his “dead body,” the discussion turned to the necessity of generating more revenue

Read more »

July
16th

ELECTION: Expensive graffiti litters our roadsides

I don’t think I’m the only one who dislikes the cluttering of our area with political signs. I understand the need for name recognition, but I find it annoying and confusing when they litter the landscape.

On that note, I would like to thank Malcolm Russell for removing the political sign from my property, which backs on to 67th Avenue West in University Place. It was possibly installed by a zealous volunteer who may not have known to get permission before posting the sign on private property.

Russell’s prompt response to my request via phone message to an answering machine

Read more »

July
16th

ELECTION: Constituents a top priority for Kelley

I read the letter to the editor (TNT, 7-16) which stated that state Rep. Troy Kelley does not respond to constituents, and I was personally offended.

As Kelley’s former legislative assistant, I know firsthand how hard he worked to respond to everyone. In fact, when I was hired the first thing he told me is, “I respond to every constituent.” And he verified this by the shear time and effort he put into his constituent services.

The 28th Legislative District is diverse, and people do not always agree, but Kelley took time to listen, discuss his views and build

Read more »

Oct.
22nd

ELECTION: Tami Green deserves re-election

Voters in the 28th district have the opportunity to return an effective, caring member of the Legislature this year. In contrast to the stereotypical corporate-machine politician, Tami Green is a working person who truly represents the common people of our district.

Green’s career as a nurse is based not on a desire for power or wealth, but as a sincere commitment to serve her fellow human beings. We urge all voters in the district to put narrow partisanship aside and re-elect Green.

John and Donna Mollan