Letters to the Editor

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Tag: 28th Legislative District

Oct.
19th

ELECTION: Wagemann hit by smear campaign

We have been made aware of a desperate mailer, intended to smear Paul Wagemann, by insinuating that he exhibited financial mismanagement in the development of The Commencement project in Ruston.

We would like to set the record straight: He is acting responsibly and diligently to ensure that all subcontractors and suppliers are paid. Despite today’s catastrophic climate in the construction and commercial-banking industries, Wagemann is determined to complete this project.

Those of us who work in the construction industry know all too well the devastation caused by the commercial-lending crisis and poor economic conditions. Federal dollars are not getting out

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Oct.
18th

ELECTION: O’Ban advocates for teachers on dues issue

I write in support of Steve O’Ban, 28th Legislative District candidate.

I have been a public school teacher for 19 years. Public school teachers have to pay union dues of between $700 and $1,000 per year to the National Education Association (NEA), the Washington Education Association (WEA), area Uniserve Councils and a local associations.

My local association works tirelessly for me advocating for a great workplace environment and negotiating contracts with the school district. Though I support my local union, I do not see eye-to-eye with the political agenda of the NEA and WEA.

Naturally, I do not want my

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Oct.
14th

ELECTION: Reconsider endorsing incumbents

Well, you certainly ruined my Sunday. After a heart-warming family birthday celebration, Bill and I finished cleaning up, and only then did I have time to open the Sunday News Tribune to find that you have endorsed Patty Murray for re-election to the U.S. Senate.

Then in the next day or two or three, you continued to endorse every incumbent to the U.S. House of Representatives and even the 28th Legislative District.

Can’t you figure out what is wrong with this wonderful nation of ours? Who we should put in office in are new representatives with new ideas,

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Oct.
12th

ELECTION: Democrats backed by union cartel

Re: 28th District election forum (TNT, 10-7).

The article noted that 28th District Democratic Rep. Tami Green has “endeared herself to the unions” while Democratic Rep. Troy Kelley has been endorsed by the union bosses.

Thus a special interest group has greatly influenced the Democrats to apparently form a cartel against the taxpayers. The cartel has nearly bankrupted the state, and private businesses like Boeing are seeking refuge out of state. The businesses are the ones that generate the wealth in the state that make possible a state government.

Thwarted by the cartel, the state’s taxpayers have long demanded changes

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Aug.
11th

ELECTION: Wurts mislabled by worried opponent

After reading (TNT, 8-9) that 28th Legislative Distric candidate Brian Wurts was labeled “a union guy,” which “stands for everything we Republicans are against” by opponent Paul Wagemann, I’m compelled to correct this unfair label.

The Lakewood Police Independent Guild is not a union; it’s a guild. It’s a body of police officers who represent themselves, not a labor union like the Teamsters.

Calling Wurts “a union guy” and against the Republican Party is unfair, inaccurate and negative campaigning. Under Wurts’ leadership, our guild has foregone raises the last two contracts due to the economic climate. “A union guy” would

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Aug.
9th

ELECTION:Troy Kelley right on public safety issues

Voters in the 28th Legislative District need look no further for whom to vote than state Rep. Troy Kelley. As a corrections officer with the state Department of Corrections, I know that no one is working harder than he to ensure the safety of our community.

Kelley has been an outspoken advocate on many public safety issues and the experience we need – a 17-year Army Reserve JAG officer and a former council with the U.S. Department of Justice – to ensure the safety of our community. He is spearheading the effort to reform the Interstate Offender Compact, helping to

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July
30th

ELECTION: O’Ban would support Constitution

With the recent Arizona judicial decision , we should all concentrate on supporting political candidates who will make decisions with the intent of the U.S. Constitution in mind.

Such a candidate is Steve O’Ban, running for state representative in the 28th district. He is a constitutional attorney who has argued and won before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Election integrity, immigration, border protection and fiscal restraint are a few issues that can be properly resolved if our elected representatives abide by the tenets of the Constitution. A vote for O’Ban will be a step to right the path from which we

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July
29th

ELECTION: Wagemann the better candidate

I was disappointed to read that you chose to endorse Brian Wurts over Paul Wagemann as nominee for state legislator in the 28th district. My brief association with Paul gives me the assurance that he has all of the qualifications we would identify with a man of character: his impeccable value judgments as evidenced by his long record of service and leadership, both as a U.S. Marine fighter pilot and officer as well as a community activist.

What’s most appealing to me is the fact that he has foresworn any support from Lakewood’s casino crowd. It is so reassuring

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