Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Jan Angel

Oct.
28th

ELECTION: Angel favors guns over DV victims

This past March, The New York Times wrote a powerful story about how in Washington state gun rights trump orders of protection for the victims of domestic violence.

They told the story of Stephanie Holten from Spokane who obtained a protection order from her husband because he had thrust a gun in her mouth and threatened to kill her. The judge’s order prohibited Holten from going within two blocks of Stephanie’s home, but what it didn’t require him to do was surrender his guns.

About 12 hours later, Holten was lying in wait armed with a small semiautomatic rifle. He

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Oct.
25th

ELECTION: Jan Angel practices civilty, moderation and bipartisanship

When I served as secretary of state, I worked extensively with Jan Angel. I was deeply impressed with her. She always stood out as a legislator who successfully worked across party lines. Rather than being caught up in partisan politics or philosophical disputes, she worked in a practical, common-sense way to actually solve problems.

Angel benefits from having served as a Kitsap County commissioner. She dealt with specific problems and needs and with grassroots people. She governed.

At a time when Congress can’t work together and too many legislators would rather make political points than solve problems, Angel stands out

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Oct.
24th

ELECTION: Schlicher supports women’s reproductive rights

Elections matter, and 2013 is no exception. Voters in Gig Harbor and Kitsap County face a decision between state Sen. Nathan Schlicher and state Rep. Jan Angel. It’s a clear choice between living up to or abandoning our values.

Angel co-sponsored a bill that would criminalize abortion, even in cases of rape, incest and when the life of the woman is in danger. HB 1656 also would have made most forms of birth control illegal and could have made it a crime for emergency contraception to be administered to rape victims in the hospital.

Additionally, Angel opposes the Reproductive Parity

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Oct.
23rd

ELECTION: Quit with the negative campaigning

My mailbox has been filling up with a new species of negative campaigning: the “personal” letter from Port Orchard supporters of Jan Angel that either lie about Nathan Schlicher’s political views or complain that her views are the subject of lying by the Schlicher campaign. They then try to inflate Angel’s modest to nonexistent accomplishments during her several years in office.

Do away with negative campaigning. The 26th District is full of well-educated people who know how to evaluate evidence. They also know how to evaluate a candidate’s clear, positive statement of what legislation they will initiate/support to solve those

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Oct.
22nd

ELECTION: Jan Angel serves big-money interests, not ours

As long as state Rep. Jan Angel is beholden to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), then her claim that she represents each and every one of her constituents must be seriously questioned. As the Washington co-chair of ALEC as well as part of ALEC’s Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force, it’s clear that Angel isn’t working tirelessly for the people but instead is beholden to big-money interests.

Those interests include her co-sponsorship of House Bill 1361, which eliminates 103 state-mandated health benefits from insurance company’s responsibility under the guise that some “may possibly conflict or overlap” with those

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Oct.
22nd

ELECTION: Get informed about ALEC and Jan Angel

The News Tribune should provide a community service to its readers by educating them about the American Legislative Exchange Council and state Rep. Jan Angel’s involvement in it. If anyone wonders why a state senator’s race is drawing so much out-of-state money, look no further than ALEC.

However, most Americans are not even aware of its existence. Many businesses and corporations provide so-called model bills for politicians to introduce in state legislatures. These bills are meant to benefit the businesses and corporations, and Angel is the state co-chair. As far as I know, she has not had to answer for

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Oct.
21st

ELECTION: Only one candidate values the environment in the 26th District Senate race

It’s been well-publicized how committed state Sen. Nathan Schlicher is, working hard for creation of living-wage jobs, efficient and affordable health care, and fully funding public education.

What is less known about him is that he is the only candidate for the 26th Legislative District Senate seat who values the environment. In the 2013 regular and special legislative sessions, he voted against attempts by the right-wingers to pass anti-environment legislative proposals.

Examples of his environmental commitment were his votes defending Initiative 937, reducing climate-changing pollution, protecting our limited water resources, protecting the gray wolf, adequately funding public transportation, creating jobs

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Oct.
21st

ELECTION: Degrees don’t make candidate qualified

Re: the profiles on Jan Angel and Nathan Schlicher (TNT, 10-13). It was refreshing to read the article which had no accusations or smear comments.

It appears the degrees Schlicher earned starting at an early age are important to your readers who write in. However, having a degree does not mean doing a better job. In my opinion, a politician should have the ability to balance a budget, promote jobs, keep taxes low, fund education and use common sense.

Schlicher spent a lot of time in school and is now a skilled doctor in the emergency room. Angel spent

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