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SMOKING: Raising legal age would be a failure

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson wants to raise the legal smoking age to 21 (Viewpoint, 2-15).

Millions of dollars were spent on the War on Drugs, and government says it was a failure. What Ferguson suggests will also be a failure.

I suggest a ban on all tobacco products. Australia banned smokeless tobacco in 1991 and is now working to ban all tobacco products.

I question the amount of money paid for health care of tobacco users. Ferguson said the cost is $384 million per year iRain Washington state. I do not believe any of this. We are told this

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PUYALLUP: Taxpayers are on the hook for Vermillion

Arrogance and bad behavior are costing Puyallup taxpayers their hard-earned cash. Taxpayers will be paying for a private attorney to defend a city councilman in a lawsuit as a consequence of his refusal to hand over public records (emails) regarding city business.

At-Large Councilman Steve Vermillion’s refusal to comply with state law to hand over 52 emails has landed the city in Superior Court. Washington’s open public records law is not simply a “suggestion.”

Last August, Vermillion taunted the public during a council meeting, stating that if they wanted his emails, they would have to sue him. The cost and

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EDUCATION: What are charter critics afraid of?

Re: “Group files suit challenging charter school law” (TNT, 7-5).

I applaud Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s position supporting the will of the voters on charter schools.
The fact is that our public schools are not doing the job, and we keep pouring money into a broken system. To make graduation easier they have even lowered the number of tests to graduate. Is that solving the academic problem or circumventing it?

Teachers’ unions and some school administrators resisting this new concept are seeking to maintain a status quo system that has failed. Is it their jobs they are worried

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ELECTION: Dunn’s best for attorney general

Washington Realtors have endorsed Reagan Dunn, and as a Realtor and citizen of Washington I wholeheartedly support this decision.

Dunn has a stellar résumé and an outstanding personal work ethic, and will best represent the interests of Washingtonians in Olympia. The News Tribune said it best: “Dunn has a broader legal background; he has served as a federal prosecutor and has extensive courtroom experience” (editorial, 10-12).

His opponent, Bob Ferguson, has half the résumé of Dunn. He has never prosecuted a case, has never been a lead attorney on a case and has no legal management experience. We would

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ELECTION: TV ads ignore due process

I see ads on TV criticizing attorney general candidate Bob Ferguson for defending “cop killers.” I always thought that one of the hallmarks of the American justice system was that everyone was entitled to a rigorous defense and that the state had to prove the charges.

Everyone is entitled, not just the innocent or the wealthy or white men. Everyone, even those who have committed heinous crimes.

Defending those who have committed crimes – and remember, everyone is innocent until proven guilty – is an obligation. Defending someone accused of a heinous crime is not defending the crime, it is

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ELECTION: No such thing as ‘moderate Republican’

Re: “Dunn for attorney general” (editorial, 10-12).

Reagan Dunn is a “moderate Republican”? How naive can The News Tribune editorial board be?

I am sure the people in Ohio, Wisconsin, etc., believed they were electing “moderate” governors, attorney generals and legislators in 2010 and now wonder how they got extremists. Right-wingers have enacted legislation to take away women’s rights, voting rights and workers rights.

If elected, Dunn will have no choice but go along with the increasingly extremist state Republican Party. If he doesn’t, the right wing has shown in state after state – moderate Republican Sen. Richard Luger being

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