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Tag: State Capitol


Taxpayers more discerning than rallies let on

This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.

Forget head counts, or debates over whose message was purer. The only winner of Monday’s dueling rallies at the state Capitol were lawmakers of both parties who heard what they wanted to hear.

If only the state’s budget problems were as easy as declaring “no new taxes” or “no new cuts.” But governing is an art, not an accounting exercise.

Most Washingtonians – even some of the 9,000 people who thronged the Capitol steps, we suspect – want something much different from their Legislature than all-or-nothing propositions. They might be open to paying more taxes to protect crucial services, if they are convinced that state government had made commensurate sacrifices.

They will be watching the fate of bills like Senate Bill 6503. It was to be lawmakers’ response to public outrage over policies that have largely spared state workers the pain felt in the private sector.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like a Christmas truce

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

The Christmas wars may take a breather this year, at least around these parts.

Down in Olympia, the atheists are back, but better behaved. A Seattle man has applied for permission to erect a 18-by-30 inch sign that says, “In this holiday season let us remember that kindness, charity and goodwill transcend belief, creed or religion.”

Hard to disagree with that. The message is a far cry from last year’s provocation, the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation’s placard that mocked religion as superstition and led the state to evict holiday displays from the Capitol.

Apparently, it’s easier to throw jabs from five states away than from down the block. This year’s sign is sponsored by Jerry Schiffelbein, the treasurer for Seattle Atheists, who readily acknowledges the black eye atheists gave themselves.

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Boot Capitol displays, don’t deter gatherings

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

Officials at the state Department of General Administration desperately want out of the Christmas wars, and who could blame them?

The agency has had the dubious pleasure of refereeing the annual ritual of rival creeds jockeying for space at the state Capitol in the hopes of outdoing one another.

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