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Tag: David Sawyer


Stop outrageous lawsuits against crime victims

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

It’s bad enough that Larry Shandola gunned down Paula Henry’s husband, Robert, in a Tacoma parking lot, then tormented her for five years as authorities sought enough evidence to get him convicted in 2001.

But now, as he serves a 31-year sentence for the 1995 killing, Shandola has found a way to keep on hurting Henry. He’s suing her, two of her friends and a victim’s advocate for $100,000 each, alleging that they violated his privacy rights and inflicted emotional distress.

The lawsuit is outrageous, but it’s accomplishing exactly what Shandola probably hopes it would do: allow him to continue inflicting pain and suffering from behind prison walls. Read more »


Our endorsements in 27th and 29th district races

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

There’s no safer bet in this year’s election than on a Democrat winning in two Tacoma-area districts, the 27th and 29th.

For one thing, no Republicans will be on the ballot in two of the four races to be determined Nov. 6. And in the two races that do include a GOP candidate, the Republicans’ chances of prevailing in these majority Democratic districts are slim.

Of Washington’s 49 legislative districts, the 27th – which includes Tacoma’s North End – is the seventh most Democratic-leaning. One would have to live in some parts of Seattle to be in a bluer district.

• Two Democrats are facing off in what has turned out to be one of the more contentious races this year, for the state Senate seat being vacated by Debbie Regala. Read more »


Our choices in the 26th and 29th legislative races

This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.

The 26th Legislative District, west of the Narrows, is rural and suburban. The 29th, dominated by Tacoma’s southern neighborhoods, is working class and gritty.
What they have common are lively Democratic primary races for the state House of Representatives.

In the 26th – which encompasses the Gig Harbor and Key peninsulas, as well as Port Orchard – Republican Rep. Jan Angel has no challenger from within her own party. But two Democrats, Stephen Greer and Karin Ashabraner, are after her seat.

Greer of Wauna is an attorney and former deputy prosecutor. He cites community service as a volunteer mentor at Kitsap County Youth Services, as a member of Pierce Olympic College’s human services advisory committee and as a representative of crime victims.

Ashabraner is a Gig Harbor teacher, former assistant city administrator and Army veteran. For the last four years, she has served as president of the Peninsula School District’s teachers union.

Both are smart and capable. We prefer Greer; we believe that, if elected, he would demonstrate more independence from his party’s leadership and from public unions.
In the district’s Position 2, a contest between Republican Doug Richards and Democrat Larry Seaquist will be decided in November.

• The Democratic face-off for Position 1 in the 29th District pits the very liberal David Sawyer against the very liberal Ben Lawver; both are Tacomans.
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