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Post by Cheryl Tucker on Oct. 24, 2009 at 5:30 am |
October 30, 2009 10:56 am

We were expecting to get a lot of letters to the editor in the weeks leading up to the Nov. 3 election, but this is ridiculous. Every day this week, the e-mail letter box has been overflowing.

What are the hottest topics? In roughly this order:

Referendum 71, by far. I’d guess the letters by supporters of domestic partner rights outnumber the opponents’ at least 10 to 1. I’m guessing the election results will be closer than that.

• The Pierce County auditor’s race. Several writers have complained about Auditor Jan Shabro putting her name on election material, including the ballot envelope. I can’t tell if that is independent outrage or an organized letter-writing campaign.

Initiative 1033: Opponents of the Eyman tax-limiting measure tend to write lengthy letters citing the ills that will befall the state if it passes. The supporters tend to write short (we like short) and complain about how officials waste taxpayer money.

• Taking issue with our endorsements, particularly our endorsements in University Place races. Every now and then someone actually writes to agree with us, which is always a nice surprise.

If you were one of the many writers who hasn’t seen your letter yet, hang in there. We’re trying to get as many in as we can.

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