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November 2, 2012 at 8:00 AM

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Koster criticized for stance on women's rights

Remarks hurtful to women and constituents

In light of John Koster's recent remarks [“Koster draws fire for comments on rape, abortion,” NWThursday, Nov. 1], I urge The Times to withdraw its endorsement of his candidacy.

His remarks, referring to both “the rape thing” and to the extreme rarity of incest (implying that it shouldn't be considered as a factor) are demeaning and hurtful to not only women, but constituents who have heard similar remarks from candidates across the country. These social views are not in line with Washingtonians, nor are they consistent with those in District 1.

As a spokesman for Suzan DelBene's campaign said, his remarks were “callous.” Hopefully, The Times will withdraw its support from this candidate.

— Grant Bronsdon, Seattle

Principles not inferior to economic issues

Now that John Koster has clarified his position on rape and on abortion, does The Seattle Times editorial board continue to endorse him as the best candidate for the position?

While I recognize The Seattle Time’s endorsement was predicated on an economic argument, even then, the editorial board had concerns: “We disagree with Koster on social issues, but in Congress right now, his fiscal viewpoint and elected experience are what’s needed." [“Republican John Koster in Washington’s 1st Congressional District,” Editorials, Oct. 3].

While I agree that economic issues are critically important, I do not think we live in such a simple world where all of our principles, ethics and morals play such a distant second fiddle to the dollar. Has Koster’s unveiling of his stance on rape victims made any difference to the editorial board? The editorial recognized many of Suzan DelBene’s credentials. Is this Koster’s October surprise and should you change your position?

— Mark Crawford, Shoreline

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