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ELECTION: Heck hasn’t much to show for himself

I disagree with your endorsement of incumbent Congressman Denny Heck (editorial, 9-29). Your reason given is that he represents the Olympia liberals. What about us poor souls in Lakewood, Steilacoom, University Place and Puyallup?

I give you credit for saying positive things about challenger Joyce McDonald. I examined Heck’s voting record in the state Legislature and Congress and couldn’t find much positive he had done. The only thing I could find that he had done in his five terms in the Legislature was tp chair an obscure subcommittee.

This is one incumbent who brags about all he has done, but I can’t find that he delivers

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CONGRESS: Preserve fund for outdoor economy

I just returned from Washington, D.C., where I spoke with our members of Congress about the importance of investing in conservation and outdoor recreation through a little-known federal program with huge impacts: the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

The fund provides essential tools to maintain working forests and jobs in the woods; preserve rural character; and also help build local parks, trails and protect wild spaces – a win-win for everyone.

This year, Washington needs $6 million to protect the Pysht River on the Olympic Peninsula and the South Puget Sound Coastal Forest on Hood Canal.

For forest products companies,

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CONGRESS: Delegation mostly neglects veterans

I rarely agree with Sen. Patty Murray’s politics. However, her determination to hold the Department of Veterans Affairs accountable for its reprehensible treatment of veterans is commendable. Murray has been the only member of Washington’s congressional delegation to repeatedly questioned former secretary Eric Shinseki about pervasive VA malfeasance.

My research, which includes the Congressional Record, shows all other Washington state members of Congress members were markedly silent about veterans’ complaints before the VA scandal went public. After their brief display of indignation, their inattention quickly returned.

Frankly, Congress gives higher priority to illegal aliens’ care than in ensuring ethical treatment

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LABOR: Oppose offshoring of living-wage jobs

Inequality may well be the defining problem of our time. The causes of inequality are complex, but one way of combating inequality is protecting worker’s rights. So why do our politicians continue to promote policies that undermine workers?

On May 29, 151 House Democrats sent a letter to the Obama administration pointing out the failure of past trade agreements to defend internationally recognized labor rights. They called for strong, enforceable labor protections in the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. TPP would include countries like Vietnam that regularly employ child and forced labor.

U.S. Rep. Denny Heck chose not to

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ELECTION: Let’s continue to give Congress Heck

Joyce McDonald has stated she wants to go to Congress and vote with the Republican majority. Apparently she wants to be included with the party of no under House Speaker John Boehner and the tea party.

And what are the accomplishments of the House Republicans? Shutting down the government and costing you and me $25 billion while refusing to vote for immigration reform or raising the minimum wage. She would be called upon to support the Paul Ryan budget, which privatizes Social Security and guts Medicare and Medicaid while giving tax cuts to the wealthy paid for primarily by the

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ELECTIONS: Even losing candidates benefit

Re: “Legal pot, fundraising separate candidates” (TNT, 5-11).

Why would a candidate who has no hope of winning an election, run for that office? Unfortunately, sometimes it’s for the money. One such race is this year’s Denny Heck versus Joyce McDonald for Washington’s 10th Congressional District. Heck is the certain winner whether we support his political positions or not.

What is very concerning is just how much a candidate can profit from a losing race. In her last county campaign, three of the largest beneficiaries of McDonald’s campaign fund were her political ally’s printing company, her daughter as campaign

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INEQUALITY: Heck fails to back progressive budget

Congressman Denny Heck is kicking off his re-election campaign Thursday with a fund-raising viewing of the documentary “Inequality for All.” This is the acclaimed film featuring former Clinton administration Labor Secretary Robert Reich explaining the dangers of ever increasing levels of income and wealth inequality.

This event comes complete with an appearance by the chair of the Democratic National Committee, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida.

On its face, this isn’t news. Democrats getting together, supporting each other, fighting for a cause they all care about and rallying around a candidate they feel cares about the issue isn’t awkward in

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EDUCATION: Local lawmakers back important bill

As a member of RESULTS here in Tacoma, we meet and discuss many issues. One of the most important and compelling for me is the lack of basic primary education in many countries. Fifty-seven million primary school-aged children are not in school worldwide. I feel sad to think what that means to their personal futures and the future of their countries.

The Education For All Act of 2013, introduced in U.S. Congress by Reps. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., and Dave Reichert, R-Auburn, would add impetus to remedy this problem. We at RESULTS are very thankful for this and urge all to

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