Letters to the Editor

Letters from Nov. 3, 2007

Maupin

Maupin is no ‘yes man’ for mayor

Re: Letter from Otto Spieth endorsing Mr Younger as NOT a YES man. Indeed, during Mr. Younger’s tenure 2001-2003 he and the others on the board often voted against change in Bremerton while city expenditures exceeded revenue, operating reserves were severely impacted and loans were taken out to cover monthly cash flow!

I am proud to endorse my friend, Will Maupin, who has worked tirelessly and with great passion to promote change for this gem of a city he calls home.

Take a look at all the great progress which has been made during his years on the board. It is a dream many have held for years for this beautiful waterfront city.

Will has served as chair of the Fiscal/budget committee and has dramatically cut costs and adopted reasonable finacial goals and policies. He is now council president and has worked to promote teamwork and has made changes to make the council more efficient.

Please vote for progress in Bremerton and keep this hard working, honest person on the board.

Mickey Carpenter

Bremerton

Schools

Vote ‘yes’ for

simple majority

EHJR 4024-the Simple Majority Vote For School Levies is a fair and democratic proposed amendment to the Washington state constitution. The basic tenet of any democracy is that the majority rules- or 50 percent plus. The electorate can elect representatives, decide initiatives, or approve the construction of a football stadium by a simple, fair, and democratic majority vote. Presently, funding for schools requires an unfair 60 percent vote. Simply stated, 40 percent plus 1 of voters can eliminate

local levy funding for teachers, books, programs, and supplies for our children’s education. Let’s vote in a fairness doctrine. Vote YES on EHJR 4204- a fair and democratic change today for our kids’ tomorrow.

Rick Cortes

Bremerton

Schools

Why is HJR 4204 wrong?

Not all voters own property and pay property taxes! HJR 4204 is asking voters to amend the Washington State Constitution which currently requires a 60 percent super majority to increase property taxes, and reduce the requirement to a simple majority. This is not fair to property owners.

The State Constitution requires the 60 percent super majority because it is not right for one segment of the population to increase taxes on another segment of the population. Furthermore, property owners are the bread and butter of any community. These are the people that have taken root and have a real stake in the communities in which they live.

At one time it was thought that only property owners over the age of 21 should have the right to vote. Although I see the need for every adult to have a voice in government, I believe that 18 is too young to vote. People under the age of 21 have little life experience and often make bad choices because they are still learning the ways of the world. In fact, state law tells us that anyone under the age of 21 is not responsible enough to drink responsibly.

Do we really want educators convincing these young voters to raise our property taxes with a simple majority? Sure, the schools will get every tax increase they ask for, but accountability will suffer, and money will be wasted while property owners feel more and more disconnected from the communities that run over them.

Dan Goebel

Keyport

Endorsement

t Patriot owes Maupin an apology

Mr. Melton,

I take extreme umbrage at your editorial regarding the Maupin vs. Younger council race. It is one thing to print disagreements on political issues, but quite another to engage in mudslinging regarding character.

You printed unattributed comments impugning Mr. Maupin’s character, without any supporting facts or examples. I have known Mr. Maupin for over 30 years and have never seen an example of “false showing”, “false reason or plea”, or “false claim or profession” (pretense) nor, an example of “positioning for effect”, “pose, as for artistic effect” (posturing). That you would print a comment that implies that there is any smirch on Mr. Maupin’s public service record is, at best, unconscionable and likely rises to the level of libel.

I believe that you owe Mr. Maupin a retraction and an apology. There are readers out there who, without first-hand knowledge will take your ill-advised comments as truth, which would be a travesty.

Bob Koch

Bremerton

Endorsement

t Patriot owes Maupin an apology

Mr. Melton,

I take extreme umbrage at your editorial regarding the Maupin vs. Younger council race. It is one thing to print disagreements on political issues, but quite another to engage in mudslinging regarding character.

You printed unattributed comments impugning Mr. Maupin’s character, without any supporting facts or examples. I have known Mr. Maupin for over 30 years and have never seen an example of “false showing”, “false reason or plea”, or “false claim or profession” (pretense) nor, an example of “positioning for effect”, “pose, as for artistic effect” (posturing). That you would print a comment that implies that there is any smirch on Mr. Maupin’s public service record is, at best, unconscionable and likely rises to the level of libel.

I believe that you owe Mr. Maupin a retraction and an apology. There are readers out there who, without first-hand knowledge will take your ill-advised comments as truth, which would be a travesty.

Bob Koch

Bremerton

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