Northwest Voices | Letters to the Editor
Rob McKenna endorsement
No justice in editorial
I am dismayed that on July 1, with over four months left before we chose our next governor, The Times has endorsed Rob McKenna [“Rob McKenna for governor,” editorial, Opinion]. I write this not as one who at this time has endorsed either candidate, but write from the viewpoint that your editorial is shallow and unsubstantiated with facts.
Let me specifically point out five things about your endorsement that trouble me.
Education: Many are crying for reforms in education and funding for schools, but I have not heard from either candidate about how schooling will be funded. Public education is a huge endeavor of state government, yet neither candidate has outlined a plan as to how to fund schools.
Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS): One of the institutions that’s bashed by newspapers and television is DSHS. Frankly, DSHS does not get the support properly deserved. Without a strong DSHS, we will continue to have people with social and emotional problems creating havoc in our community, whether it be the murders at Cafe Racer or child/elder abuse. The Times’ editorial does nothing to address how these candidates will address this.
Taxation: While The Times addresses taxes in its editorial, it says nothing about the Business and Occupation tax [B&O tax]. This tax is presently hurting many small businesses. To help bring businesses to Washington, it must be addressed. This was omitted in The Times’ endorsement.
“Inslee has not been here”: Inslee has provided a valuable service to Washington state through his service in Congress. Two of our greatest politicians, Warren Magnuson and Henry Jackson, made huge contributions for Washington state with their efforts to bring jobs to our state (especially Boeing), environmental protection of Puget Sound and consumer rights. And these two men worked in Washington, D.C., — for Washington state. I feel The Times has made a huge generalization in not recognizing the work Inslee has done for the citizens of Washington state.
Health-care reform: The Times’ editorial endorsement neglected to mention the amount of time and energy McKenna spent on trying to override national health-care reform. It was a waste of time. What other endeavors will McKenna do to waste the time of the citizens of Washington?
Again, I am not ready to choose a candidate for governor. But with this early endorsement, I feel you have done a great disservice to your readership and the citizens of Washington.
— David Lukov, Lynnwood
Hands-on experience is key
The endorsement of Rob McKenna for election as governor by The Seattle Times was well written and well supported.
In the early 1960s, I was an assistant attorney general in the office of John O’Connell, a Democrat, for a period of four years. In that capacity, I learned how involved the attorney general of this state is with regards to all functions and departments of state government.
In a letter to the editor in the July 3 edition of the paper [“Disappointing rationale”], the writer took issue with the position of The Times saying that tenure in the attorney general’s office presented a better background for a candidate to be governor than to have served in the U.S. Congress. I have to agree with The Times.
As indicated above, the attorney general has hands-on contact with all agencies of the state government dealing with state issues which arise day in and day out. Plus, the attorney general supervises and manages a staff of hundreds. At the same time, a representative in Congress deals with limited national issues and has a staff of a handful of people.
The letter writer also indicated that the “vision of the future” should be the criteria for election, and with that I do not agree.
A candidate’s vision of the future is most often the opinion of one or more consultants to the candidate as to what will be an election-winning position.
While Inslee has had a number of years engaged in the national debating society, known as Congress, he does not have hands-on experience with regards to the many issues of the Washington state government.
Clearly, based upon the experience of McKenna while serving on the Metropolitan King County Council and eight years as the state attorney general has provided him with the background and experience to well serve the citizens of the state.
— Robert L. Holtzclaw, Kirkland
Republican governors bring chaos
I am bemused by The Times’ endorsement of Rob McKenna for the governorship.
Look around the country for examples of what happens when Republican governors are given a chance to govern. Chaos! And their voters thought they would be different. McKenna thinks that Gov. Bobby Jindal is a boost for his campaign? The Times thinks that service to the state as a congressman is not good enough to recommend Jay Inslee for consideration?
Be not snookered, Washingtonians! If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, looks like a duck — it’s not a governor.
— Jack McClurg, Marysville
It’s time for a change
It is amusing that the liberals have their shorts in a bunch over The Seattle Times’ endorsement of Rob McKenna for governor. It must be a slap in the face for them to realize that they may no longer have the newspaper under their thumbs.
The stench of liberalism has hung over Olympia far too long (and over Seattle too, I might add). It is time for a change. A major change! Having a Republican for a governor is a step in the right direction.
The Times’ endorsement of McKenna has caused my opinion of The Seattle Times’ opinion page to move up a notch or two.
— Robert Coggins, Kent