Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Steve O’Ban

Jan.
26th

FIRCREST: Let voters decide on liquor sales

It is disheartening to see state Sen. Steve O’Ban and other Pierce County legislators propose to take power from Fircrest voters (TNT, 1-26). Under his proposal, voters could no longer decide whether Fircrest should be wet or dry.

Personally, I would probably favor allowing citywide sale of liquor by the glass. However, state legislators and City Council members should not team up to strip the vote from Fircrest citizens. Legislators should not accommodate the chronic difficulties some Fircrest officials have in convincing Fircrest’s citizens of good policy.

Not long ago, the Fircrest City Council attempted special treatment so Wal-Mart

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Oct.
31st

ELECTION: Tami Green’s best for women’s health

Women’s health is a key issue in the 28th District, especially as election day draws closer. Tami Green is a strong supporter of women’s health, with a record to back it up. Steve O’Ban would have you believe that he too supports women, even though he has a record of trying to push women’s health issues decades back.

Despite his ads on TV, O’Ban has done little to be called “proactive on women’s health.” In fact, earlier this month, he claimed that women’s health issues like birth control access were “of no concern” to his district. My visits to him

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Oct.
27th

ELECTION: Attack ads or actual records?

For 28th District voters, the attacks raise more questions than they answer.

Did a candidate really cut education funding? Is there a “war on women”? Is there anyone who works “across party lines”? I’ll continue reading everyone’s opinions while I share some insights of my own.

First question, yes. The record shows Tami Green cut education funding. I personally know students whose education was significantly hurt by those cuts.

Second, ”war on women”? No. I, as a woman, am not a single-issue voter. I believe all issues are women’s issues. -What is our state government’s highest priority? Our state constitution says

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Oct.
27th

ELECTION: Eliminate outside money influx

Re: “Sleazy campaign ads reflect poorly on candidates” (editorial, 10-24).

I’d only add that you wrote the editorial one day too soon, otherwise you would have taken note of the most recent ad from the “independent” supporters of Tami Green portraying Steve O’Ban as a greedy pig.

It’s time the huge influx of outside money is eliminated, and I believe that it could be done by enacting campaign finance law that adheres to two simple, common-sense principles.

The first is that only those eligible to vote for a candidate, or on an issue, should be allowed to donate money

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Oct.
27th

ELECTION: O’Ban campaign isn’t being honest

Re: “Showing military in campaigns can break rules” (TNT, 10-26).

After reading the  article about Steve O’Ban campaign ads, I was disgusted. For campaign consultant Chad Minnick to state that they were not aware that it was wrong to have uniformed service members in ads is an absolute lie.

We made the campaign and Minnick aware in 2012 that this, and posting personal information like Social Security numbers on a website, were wrong. We were told ”it’s all fair in elections.”

To also say that they are not aware of “independent” opposition ads is a lie. Almost every person running for office or their

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Oct.
24th

ELECTION: O’Ban’s positions opposite of TNT’s

You recently endorsed Steve O’Ban for the state Senate in the 28th District (editorial, 10-14). All well and good. What perplexes me is that on virtually all of the issues – from climate change, to gun control, to women’s reproductive rights, to transportation - you have supported positions diametrically opposed by O’Ban.

How can you support positions on editorial page and then endorse a candidate who opposes those very positions? I am truly puzzled.

Oct.
24th

ELECTION: Note source of negative ads

I appreciate the editorial board reminding us to consider the source of the ubiquitous, often misleading, negative campaign ads that unfortunately bombard us each election season, mentioning the 28th district as an example (editorial, 10-24).

Steve O’Ban, who has already demonstrated his value as our state senator, is a man of integrity. Hopefully everyone will follow the advice to take note of the source of the “sleazy fliers in their mailboxes” as well as television and radio ads, many of which are not authorized - much less approved - by the candidate.

Oct.
10th

ELECTION: O’Ban bill protects women

One of the many reasons I am supporting Steve O’Ban for state senator is that he is passionate about protecting women. An example of this is a bill he introduced last legislative session that would require reporting to the woman and her doctor if her mammogram revealed dense tissue, thus putting her at greater risk of developing breast cancer.

He explained to me that four of the most important people in his life – his wife, his mother and his two sisters – could benefit from this protection, as would all women in Washington. Such early detection has the potential to save many lives.

(Carrell

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