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October 24, 2012 at 6:00 AM

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The Times endorses re-election of Cantwell for U.S. Senate

Cantwell lacks community ties

I am disappointed that The Times editorial board continues to endorse Sen. Maria Cantwell. [“Cantwell for U.S. Senate,” Editorials, Oct. 20].

Cantwell was once again MIA at this election's candidates forum in Edmonds. She is allegedly a resident of Edmonds, but she certainly has maintained very little, if any, connection to our community.

In addition to never bothering to show up in Edmonds at any candidates forum, I am not aware of her ever attending any function here. She has never been in our July Fourth parade, whereas I recall having seen the late Sen. Scoop Jackson in a few of them — and he was a resident of Everett.

There are many reasons why Washington state voters should not vote for Cantwell; Edmonds voters have an additional reason — she habitually ignores our city. If she pays no attention to her hometown, how much real attention does she pay to the needs of our state?

— Ron Wambolt, Edmonds

Hypocritical endorsement from The Times

Endorsements by The Times editorial board during the two most recent election cycles have taken on a disturbing consistency. While the editorial board rails against the profligate spending in federal and state governments, in the 2010 cycle it endorsed the return of virtually all sitting federal and state legislators.

The series of “Let's fix it” columns focused on our severe financial crises, yet the endorsement of Sen. Maria Cantwell boils down to this: She brings home the bacon/pork. That is her only redeeming quality and exactly what we don't need in these trying times.

Cantwell is the most inconspicuous two-term senator in the country. I find this endorsement hypocritical and don't believe she deserves another six-year term.

— Mark Stratton, Bothell

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