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Whether you consider yourself old-fashioned, new age or post-modern, the democratic process remains the same—the people elect the president. The question is, how good a leader will we have if the people are not well-informed? We each need to inform ourselves by looking at what the candidates have done, rather than what they say because their action is the best predictor of how they will act in the future.
Two years ago, McCain demanded that we talk with Hamas. Today, he insists that we, the U.S., not talk with Hamas. He used to say, “No Torture!” Now he insists, “Torture!” He informs us that war in Iraq [may] continue for 100 years, or more. Now he promises that the troops will return home in five years.
I would like to suggest three ways for people to use all or part of their Economic Stimulus Tax Rebate.
Thank you to Kris Hill for reporting on the alarming King County budget shortfall. (June 6 Kent Reporter, page 3, “Cuts to county budget will be ‘deep, searing.’”) In addition to the cuts in the criminal justice system that were noted (about 80 percent of the general fund budget) there is a proposal that ALL health and human-service funding (the other 20 percent of the budget) be eliminated in three years. Yes, that is ALL this funding!
Climate change impacts everything having to do with sustaining life on Earth. Regions will warm. Sea levels will rise. Species will migrate. Frequency and severity of major weather events - such as hurricanes, droughts, deluges, and heat waves - will increase and be more unpredictable. These are already occurring. This affects our health, agriculture, forests, water, coasts and natural areas.
A thought came to mind today about the race between Hillary and Obama...(keeping in mind that I am an unwavering conservative Republican and will vote McCain, although Mitt was my candidate)...but, if a Democrat were to win I would rather have Hillary than Obama (I will literally be sick the night of elections if he becomes the president of the United States...a country where we salute our flag because of what it stands for and HE Doesn’t!...Oh, he will now because he knows that “we” are watching.)
I recently read “Student’s passion for recycling merits praise” in the April 9 Kent Reporter.
Thanks to The Kent Reporter and writer Daniel Mooney for the excellent front page article Wednesday, April 2 on former Kent resident Gary Garner.
I recently read your article in the Kent Reporter dated April 19, 2008, entitled “Community papers all about local news.” Although my response is late, I completely concur with what you wrote. The major TV stations and newspapers seem to like using Kent as a dumping ground for everything that is wrong in our region. I also have noticed that they have no idea just how large the area we call “Kent” really is. I have friends who talk about the Des Moines area as if were downtown Kent.
As I sat reading your Local Speak article of May 14 written by Mr. Todd Nuttman (“Pledge of Allegiance or blind obedience,” pg. 8) I had a glimmer of his underlying mindset: do away with inconvenient or not-understood national traditions, even though they be tried and true.
This is in response to the article by Todd Nuttman entitled “Pledge of Allegiance or blind obedience?”
To say I found Todd Nuttman’s article offensive is an understatement.
In his letter complaining about global warming education, John Kohler urged readers to “Just follow the money that the green revolution produces” (May 7, Kent Reporter). When I follow the money, I am more likely to find Exxon, whose 2007 oil profits exceeded $40 billion, the largest profit ever made by any company at any time in history. Combined, U.S. oil companies made over $100 billion. While I am confident that green businesses will be profitable and that we can and should invest in them, it is ludicrous to suggest that money drives people to fight against climate change, when the cash is clearly on the side of traditional carbon-based industry.
Proposal to tax bags a bad idea The Seattle mayor’s proposal to tax paper and plastic bags in Seattle is bad for the environment, consumers and retailers.
As someone who provides retailers with these bags, I was invited to a meeting the day before the mayor’s announce to be briefed by his staff. The mayor’s proposal is based on a similar tax Ireland implemented in the late 1990s. Based on the comments from the mayor’s staff they have not made any attempt to discover the negative impacts of this tax in Ireland. Here are some facts about the issue from Ireland.