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Tag: Derek Kilmer


ELECTION: Voters need to be more engaged

In the November elections, roughly 41 percent of older Americans and 21 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds will vote. Americans are too comfortable leaving governance to “professionals.” It’s time to engage their congressional offices at home and in D.C. to better understand what their government does.

I joined the Navy in 2001 and suffered from civic apathy. Today, I’ve found that ignorance is not bliss. Federal politicians impact the lives of 2,266,883 people, including me – determining every aspect of our lives.

Sequestration is not just a word; it’s the reality of less training, reduced maintenance and older facilities. To

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MILITARY: Officers untrained to deal with sex crimes

I witnessed U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer vote to move the prosecution of sexual assault crimes from the normal chain of command to trained investigators and watched in dismay as the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act was voted down.

The primary reason cited for voting down this amendment was the need to maintain discipline within the normal chain of command. I wholeheartedly disagree.

I was a surface warfare officer aboard a Navy frigate from 2007 to 2009. As a junior officer in 2008, I managed the sailors responsible for launching helicopters, small boats and general operation of a ship

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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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WILDERNESS: We can save the Wild Olympics

I urge support for the bill in Congress to protect the Wild Olympics. Congressman Derek Kilmer and Sen. Patty Murray have introduced the bill. This would protect more than 126,000 acres of wilderness and 19 rivers in the Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park.

Pristine stands of trees and animals such as elk, deer, salmon, steelhead and trout will receive additional protection.

A detailed study shows little impact to timber jobs; 99 percent of the lands involved for wilderness are not presently being considered for the harvest of timber. New jobs are likely in the outdoor recreation and tourist

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OUTDOORS: Bill vital for Olympic Peninsula

I grew up amidst the Olympic Peninsula’s wonderful resources. I’ve joined with land trusts and organizations that work to protect and preserve the quality of this remarkable place.
Now I’m thrilled to learn that U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer and Sen. Patty Murray have introduced “The Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.”

I appreciate the new congressman’s analysis of the legislation on what to him is a new district. He clearly treasures the natural resources of the Olympic Peninsula.

One of the most important parts of this bill is the protection of 460 miles of the wonderful

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HEALTH CARE: Does Kilmer support special perk?

Even though Derek Kilmer was a state senator when Obamacare became law, voters in the 6th Congressional District should know that he voted against the continuing resolution that would defund it.

The only way to view his vote is this: Congressman Kilmer wants you and your family to get your medical care through the federal government. He may speak differently, but this action speaks the truth.

Two out of three Americans do not want the oppressive federal bureaucracy this terrible legislation puts between us and our health. And now I know Kilmer doesn’t want it either.

Some months ago, President

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ELECTION: Schlicher displays competence, leadership

I am a new resident of Gig Harbor and recently registered to vote. As a new voter in Washington, the campaign between state Sen. Nathan Schlicher and state Rep. Jan Angel is concerning.

Why are some focusing on attacking the other candidate with misleading statistics? We should look at who is more competent and qualified for the position rather than underhanded political tactics.

That’s why I’ve chosen to support Schlicher. I like that he actually has a job outside of Olympia. He also has endorsements from Congressman Derek Kilmer, various labor organizations and even the Washington State Medical Association, which

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ELECTION: Nathan Schlicher will have more impact

For voters who care about economic development in the 26th Legislative District, consider which candidate will be more effective gaining support for programs from Congressman Derek Kilmer and the Obama administration. Kilmer has endorsed state Sen. Nathan Schlicher, who will also have the ears of Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell.

Schlicher will have more impact for the 26th District with the administration of Gov. Jay Inslee. And he has already made a big impact in the state Legislature by leading passage of legislation saving Washington $30 million by allowing Medicaid patients access to emergency services. As the only medical

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