Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Jeannie Darneille

Nov.
1st

ELECTION: Jeannie Darneille does what’s right

I direct Oasis Youth Center for LGBTQ youth in Pierce County. Oasis has served thousands of youth and young adults since the community created it in 1988 as response to the unique needs of LGBTQ.

In the early 1990s, Oasis became a program of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD). In 1996, TPCHD ended its responsibility and oversight over Oasis. Fortunately, Pierce County AIDS Foundation (PCAF), under the leadership of Jeannie Darneille, took Oasis on as on of its programs. Finding secure, ongoing funding for Oasis was a huge challenge for PCAF, but she persevered.

This is just one example

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Oct.
31st

ELECTION: Connelly seems obsessed with winning at all costs

Another glossy mailer from Jack Connelly arrived today, as they have every few days for months, paid for by the nearly $1 million Connelly has spent in his effort to replace Jeannie Darneille in the State Senate.

As it joins the growing stack of cardboard invective, one can only marvel at Connelly’s single-minded obsession about Darneille. He is not just out to win a campaign for political office. He will spend any amount of money, twist the meaning of any vote, make any outrageous claim; no matter, in his mind Darneille must be gotten out of office at any cost.

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Oct.
26th

ELECTION: Darneille defended sex assault funding

I am writing as the director of Rebuilding Hope, the Sexual Assault Center for Pierce County, to say why I was pleased, but not surprised, when state Rep. Jeannie Darneille was selected as a legislator of the year by the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (WCSAP).

Rebuilding Hope and WCSAP have worked closely with Darneille over many legislative sessions to protect and advance the rights of sexual assault victims. She has been particularly tireless in protecting funding for sexual assault programs around the state. It is largely due to her efforts that these funds have taken no cuts, despite

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Oct.
25th

ELECTION: Darneille’s votes are fair game

I do not understand the Darneille campaign’s attacks on Jack Connelly’s campaign. All the Connelly campaign has done is brought her votes to the attention of her constituents. If the Connelly campaign had not done that there would be no way for voters to know that she has been voting against their interests in the Legislature.

I appreciate the work by the Connelly campaign to do that, and I appreciate the fact that it is limiting its campaign mailers to her voting record. This should be fair game.

In emphasizing the picture on the mailer, Jeannie Darneille’s campaign is trying

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Oct.
25th

ELECTION: Darnielle’s votes, arguments appalling

Re: “Ad with teen in short skirt may be racy, but it’s right” (TNT, 10-24).

I am appalled by state Rep. Jeannie Darnielle’s votes and her explanations. Her idea that an 18-year-old high school student is old enough to decide how she wants to respond to grooming and sexual advances by a high school teacher reflects a complete lack of understanding of this age group and the manner in which young women can be taken advantage of and exploited.

The power differential between an adult teacher and a young student of that age is a tremendous factor in the

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Oct.
22nd

ELECTION: Darneille has served community well

Whoever wrote Jack Connelly’s ads has a nose a foot long. What a distortion of state Rep. Jeannie Darneille’s record.

Darneille’s solitary 2001 vote Connelly cites was to keep the sex offender facility out of Pierce County. She didn’t want a disproportionate number of offenders settling here after release. State solutions often become local problems.

The Ethics Board she voted against cost taxpayers $1.1 million per biennium and issued only three fines for $150 in two years. Do the math.

Darneille restored voting rights for felons only after their sentences were served. Last session she kept the Washington State History

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Oct.
22nd

ELECTION: Darneille’s responsive to citizens

I have never been involved in a political campaign before, but I am deeply involved in Jeannie Darneille’s campaign for state Senate in the 27th Legislative District.

I first worked with her when she was the director of the Pierce County AIDS Foundation, and I was a volunteer at Three Cedars AIDS hospice. I got to see firsthand her courage in fighting for disadvantaged people and in standing up for just but unpopular causes.

I contacted her again recently with my concerns about education, and she took most of the morning to meet with my colleagues and me. I was

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Oct.
22nd

ELECTION: How low can Connelly go?

A strong moral compass is a characteristic of those whom I highly regard, and Jack Connelly was among them. He appeared to be a person who not only held a deep religious faith, he lived it – or so I thought.

During his campaign for 27th District state Senate, a different side of him has emerged, which is disturbing to me. Not only has he twisted facts, warped the truth and told blatant lies about his opponent, he has gone over the edge in his attempts to denigrate her.

Connelly’s latest hit piece reaches a new low. It depicts a

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