Letters to the Editor

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Tag: voting

Jan.
14th

GOP: Remember who gave women the vote

I really enjoy the “Today in History” feature of The News Tribune.

On Saturday, we learned that on Jan. 12, 1915, the U.S. House of Representatives rejected a constitutional amendment allowing women to vote. The House was Democrat, as was the Senate.

In 1920, a constitutional amendment adopted by the House gave women the vote. The House was Republican, as was the Senate.

Funny, isn’t it, how Republicans are shamelessly attacked and lambasted as women haters? The White House is held by the political party waging war on women. Barack Obama just appointed or selected nothing but white men to

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Nov.
7th

VOTING: Turnout should be higher

Average voter turnout in the United States is seldom higher than 60 percent.

Just before the Soviet Union collapsed, my uncle came to visit us from Latvia. An election took place during his visit. I was tired after a day’s work; I didn’t feel like going to vote. Anyway, it was a minor, off-year election. When I told my uncle, he exclaimed, “You can’t not vote!” He eagerly accepted my invitation to come along. Of course, they wouldn’t let him go into the voting booth with me. But he got to see how a free people uphold democracy. Just the

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Nov.
6th

VOTING: Polling place is sanctuary of democracy

I voted for president Monday evening. I went alone to the darkened Spanaway post office, and I dropped my ballot in the mailbox. What an empty feeling it was.

Four years ago, I went to my polling place in a local school auditorium. The room was packed with citizens exercising their franchise in person. We all had to wait in line a while, but no one complained. Republican, Democrat, Independent – we were all united by our participation in the democratic process.

How have we so easily abandoned a 400-year-old tradition of voting in person? The polling place is the

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Oct.
29th

VOTING: Elect president through popular vote

The 1787 Constitutional Convention designed an electoral college that is being used by today’s candidates in a way that disenfranchises many voters.

What may have been the best they could do in Colonial days gives disproportional weight to the voters in small states by as much as 4 to 1. Voters in swing states barraged by media blitzkriegs of ads and automated phone calls willingly sell their votes in exchange for government projects and grants.

Election campaigns are so expensive that candidates sell their souls to win elections. Many voters don’t believe their vote counts, let alone makes a difference.

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Oct.
22nd

VOTING: Mail ballots are too easily abused

Re: “Story missed mark on mail-in ballots” (Viewpoint, 10-19).

I’m sure that the Pierce County Auditor’s Office does as good a job as any in handling and counting mail-in ballots. But Pierce County has only 11 percent of the registered voters in the state of Washington, so it hardly seems that Auditor Julie Anderson could speak for the efforts in other counties.

King County, with 28 percent of the registered voters in the state, rejected nearly 20,000 or 2.6 percent of the ballots received in 2010. Remove the late ballots and rejection is still high at 1.7 percent, with

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Oct.
22nd

ELECTION: Sam Reed endorses Kim Wyman

Kim Wyman deserves the support of Pierce County voters for secretary of state. I know Kim Wyman well, trust her and strongly endorse her.

The next secretary of sate must have the knowledge and heft of experience to run one of the nation’s most highly regarded elections offices. She also must win the trust of all Washingtonians, regardless of party affiliation, that in a close call, politics won’t come into play.

Wyman has a 21-year record of nonpartisanship, experience and professionalism. As Thurston County auditor, she has inspired confidence in both Democrats and Republicans – winning her last election with

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Oct.
19th

TNT: Endorsements are helpful for busy voters

Re: “Endorsements send the wrong message” (letter, 10-18).

I disagree with the writer for several reasons. Many people have neither the interest nor time to research and learn about the candidates and issues, so resorting to a knowledgeable source for guidance other than the negative commercial television political ads is of benefit to our state and country.

It’s too bad that this is the reality, but frankly most people are so taken up with just making ends meet that if they choose to benefit from intelligent, knowledgeable (in my opinion), unbiased editors whose primary job is to inform the

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Oct.
19th

VOTING: No confidence in all-mail elections

Re: “Mail-in ballots in focus” (TNT, 10-15).

I was dismayed when Pierce County joined the rest of the state for voting by mail. I was assured by my legislator that it was more cost-effective and efficient. But at what cost to democracy? The front-page article only confirms my fear and dismay.

I have always enjoyed going to the polls. My parents raised me to see it as a privilege and an exciting thing to do. I miss it. I voted by mail for the first time a few months ago only to get a letter telling me my ballot

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