Letters to the Editor

Before voting, consider experience

We have our ballots in hand. Now what? In difficult and confusing times the anger impulse is to toss out current office holders and put in --- well, anybody else. But let’s be careful about that.

Seniority counts in Washington, D.C. Both Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Rick Larsen are in positions to bring funding for important civic projects and jobs to our state. They believe in helping small businesses and extending unemployment benefits. They worked to make it illegal for insurance companies to drop sick patients or to deny coverage to children with health problems. Voting them out of office might well reverse these gains.

Experience counts at the county level, too. Island County Commissioner John Dean works to preserve basic services while balancing the budget in these tough times. Island County Assessor David Mattens uses management and technology skills to provide fair, accurate, and efficient service to citizens.

As you vote, use your intelligence not your exasperation. For just a moment, it feels good to strike out in anger, but you may well regret the mess you’ve made.

Gloria Koll


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