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May 5, 2012 at 4:00 PM

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McKenna, Inslee vie for governor

McKenna and government regulations

Editor, The Times:

“McKenna proposes regulatory, tax relief for small businesses” is one of the headlines in the May 2 paper. [NWWednesday.]

And another headline in the same paper states “Merchants paying much less on debit fees” [Business] (under government mandate, it goes on to say).

So Rob McKenna, do you want to get rid of all government regulations, too, especially those in relation to banking, or those that just suit you, just as your Republican friends do?

— Barb Kelley, Mill Creek

Women vote

As the war on women wages in Congress and in state legislatures across the country, I want to remind my fellow ladies out there that one of the biggest ways we can push back against legislators who want to restrict women’s health is to vote.

One of the most important races for women in 2012 will be the contest for governor. Congressman Jay Inslee offers a stark difference from Rob McKenna, who represents the party that wants to make abortion illegal and defund Planned Parenthood.

Inslee not only pledges support for women’s health, his voting record in Congress is pro-abortion rights 100 percent of the time. And while McKenna has signed on to the lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act, Inslee has stood up for health-care reform so women are no longer charged more or denied coverage due to “pre-existing conditions” like pregnancy and domestic violence.

We make up more than half of the electorate and it’s time for us to get loud. Let’s get out and vote.

— Nikoel Stevens, Seattle

Inslee’s finances

Well, it’s good to see that Jay Inslee learned his lessons well while in our nation’s capital.

Let’s see, memo to self, distribute excess campaign funds back to self, mom and dad, in-laws, brothers and other supporters. (Information from Skagit Valley Herald, April 26, 2012).

Oh yes, not to mention trying to push the boundaries of finance laws in this year’s race for governor.

While these activities may be legal, Inslee has shown his true political methodology.

He has learned lessons that follow true political playbook of Washington, D.C.

Inslee is not the person we need leading this great state.

— Ken Kukuk, La Conner

Inslee won’t solve budget problems

Voters looking for help with the budget problems in our state and our nation only have one logical choice for governor. That choice isn’t Jay Inslee.

Candidate Inslee has exhibited his disregard for financial matters in two ways so far.

First, he prematurely resigned from his position as a representative to Congress to devote more time to running for governor of our state. By doing this, he forces our state to run a special election costing millions to fill his seat for just a few months before the November election. That action shows total disregard for our tax dollars and how they are spent.

Second, in what would normally be a good deed, he refunded unused campaign contributions from prior elections to donors. Unfortunately, the donors receiving the refunds were himself, relatives and close friends. The average contributor was out of luck just like we all will be if he were to become our next governor.

Those of you accustomed to voting a party ballot need to step back and look at the candidate this time since your state and country now need good people and not just people of a specific party. Your state and nation depend upon you to vote capable people into office.

— Nat Webb, Walla Walla

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