Northwest Voices | Letters to the Editor
The nation's political environment
The political conventions haven't even been held yet (and they're pretty irrelevant this time anyway), but I am already sick and tired of the whole thing.
A marvelous UW professor I had in the 1950s, Bill Ames, an ardent and very active Democrat, once said that "What this country probably needs is a benevolent dictator."
I remember this every four years.
-- Dave Felthous, Seattle
What independent means
Erin McCallum [“Independent voters are fed up,” Opinion, Aug. 6] claims unequivocally to know “what exactly independent voters are looking for in candidates,” then proceeds to list what she and members of her business associations want.
She's entitled to her priorities, but she does not speak for me or a lot of other independent voters. Excuse me, but that's what independentmeans.
-- Katherine Klekas, Seattle
And my vote goes to ...
Every politician running says no new taxes.
My vote would go to the person running who stands up and says: We need more tax revenue if we want our roads, bridges, education, laws etc. to be effective.
What kind of country do we want — ignorant, dying younger, more homeless folks, continue to go down on the list of top countries in so many ways?
Eliminate the lid on Social Security, have some sort of universal health care, increase tariffs and level the playing field.
You and I can't live on what we did in the 1970s and neither can the country.
— Harriet Benjamin, Seattle