Letters to the Editor

Letters from Oct. 13, 2007

Maupin

Lyon deserves

credit for city finances

    

Mayor Bozeman, your Mr. Maupin does not deserve to be reelected to the city council on your recommendation. As you are Mr. Maupin’s campaign manager, you may be biased, and apparently are uninformed.

For the record, Maupin is not the finance committee chair in 2007; Ms. Wendy Priest is.

Also for the record, the council finance committee chair is an observer, who doesn’t have a vote and consequently makes no budget decisions at the committee level, only voting when the budget is brought to council.

You attempted to credit Maupin for the job that the city finance department actually does; and, unfortunately Mr. Maupin has not demonstrated credentials for such a responsible in city finances, except possibly, in his own mind or yours. Our real finance director Ms. Laura Lyon has done an excellent job and deserves the credit and recognition.

Besides, why would any thinking citizen support a candidate who is on record as having stated that the city government does not have to keep its promises to the citizens?

Citizens for Truth in Government

George Miller, et al.

Bremerton

Health insurance

Democrats out of line with

new program

Democrats just seem to have an aversion for presenting their legislative action to the voters honestly. They seem bent on scoring political points, rather than actually providing health care for families in the low income bracket of $34,340 for a family of three. They inflated the S-CHIP bill and redefined poverty and children to families of four with income of $80,000 as poverty and young adults of 25 as children. Their actions are bizarre and their tactics deceptive.

For the least political amongst us, Democrats hope to fool you by providing emotionally driven sound bites to portray the President’s veto as being anti-children.

By increasing the S-Chip bill, three times above the poverty level and then entitling young adults above the age of 18 to federally funded health care their purpose is three fold:

Ensure a veto by the President for their political gain.

If the veto is overridden, they have bought voters through entitlements.

They have taken another step toward National Health Care.

They could have reintroduced the current program and had it signed by the President.

Socialism throughout Europe is on the down turn, but Democratic socialists in this country ignore its inherent failure.

Dean Jenniges

Bremerton

Schools

t Keep the supermajority clause in place

Earlier this year, South Kitsap School District requested bond approval for a second high school, even though well established population data showed that long term school enrollment was falling significantly. With essentially the same demographic statistics, Central Kitsap School District decided to close one or two of its schools. South Kitsap’s request failed to pass by the required 60 percent ‘supermajority’, but still carried a majority of about 52 percent.

It is fortunate that it did not pass, since continued losses have since been confirmed in fall 2007 enrollment.

During the past 10 years only one Kitsap County bond or levy issue has failed to carry a 50 percent majority vote. Passing a school excess tax levy by 50 percent is now well known as a “slam dunk”. Next to federal employment, school district employment is normally a region’s largest single voting block. About 11,000 persons in Kitsap County derive their income directly through school district payrolls as well as many others working through support contracts.

When absentee ballots arrive in two weeks, you will be asked to support a proposed Washington State constitutional amendment to reduce the voting requirement for passage of a school levy or bond issue to 50%. Careful study will show that there is no requirement to vote on these issues at a time of general elections, nor to achieve ANY minimum voting participation in order to win a tax increase. Future school property taxation levy issues will therefore be run without serious exposure to the general public.

Voters would be ill-advised to hand this hammer to the schools and labor unions, especially at this time. Consider other actions of the most powerful players in our state’s public education:

The Washington Education Association (WEA) union continues to attempt to ignore, refute and circumvent the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision (by 9-0 vote) that the WEA cannot legally confiscate non-union fees for political purposes.

Curriculum planners are introducing new sex education curricula (code-named ‘abstinence plus’) which instruct students in hands-on use of condoms, how to avoid actual sexual intercourse through showering together, mutual masturbation and other similar activity for “fun”. (See U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “Review of Comprehensive Sex Education Curricula”, May 2007, Available at HYPERLINK http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb/content/http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb/content/abstinence/06122007-15324.PDF) Such radical sexual attitudes and advocacy should not be included in the public education of our children.

Despite many years’ emphasis on improving academic performance, Washington State public schools continue to fail to show significant improvement. At an annual cost of over $11,500 per student, their academic performance lags far behind most western nations as well as American private and home schools. Huge increases in funding have not solved the problem.

It is not in the public interest to enable the public education system and WEA to obtain their funding wishes with a mere 50% majority. This would amount to a “blank check” for special interest demands, providing little accountability and overpowering those on fixed incomes or not having a special financial interest in school bonds or levies. Fear and abuse of this type of property taxation is exactly what led to the present “super majority” requirement in the Washington State Constitution in 1944.

Such removal of protection against special interest voting blocs will fall entirely upon property owners, most of whom are already now groaning over their property taxes and many of whom are being taxed out of their homes. This is not ‘fair’.

It is also not “fair” to hand property taxes over to a large, self-interest voting bloc. Vote ‘NO’ on the proposed amendment to the Washington State Constitution.

Karl Duff

President

Kitsap Alliance of Property Owners

R-67

t Insurance companies trying to deceive voters

The use of paid signature gatherers allows a few rich individuals or out-of-state organizations to hijack our legislative process.

Out-of-state insurance companies hired paid signature gatherers to put a deliberately misleading Referendum 67 on the ballot asking voters to say no to the “Insurance Fair Conduct Act.” They’ve also created a deceptively named “consumers” PAC to further confuse voters. So far, the industry has spent more than $8 million to defeat the recently enacted Washington law, which would require insurance companies to settle legitimate claims in a reasonable time period.

Bill Moyers recently exposed widespread evidence that large insurance companies are making record profits by routinely denying or delaying payment of legitimate claims. Their legions of lawyers can drag out legal proceedings until the individual runs out of money or simply gives up. Industry profits have soared in spite of Katrina and other major disasters.

Insurance companies claim that the new law would force them to raise rates in order to maintain their profit levels. Critics counter that those levels are based on predatory practices, and that it’s time to insist that insurance companies play fair.

Don’t be fooled. Vote YES on Ref. 67.

Gene Bullock

Poulsbo

Maupin

Maupin deserves another term on council

I have lived in Bremerton for 60 plus years and having been in

business for many of those years; I have seen many changes in our town.

Bremerton was once a thriving city to almost nonexistent.

We are now seeing positive change, due to the good work of our mayor

and city council. Will Maupin is currently president of the council, and is

seeking re-election. Will has worked with the citizenry, mayor and the other members of the council.

As a team player, Will has done an outstanding job, and will

continue in the same positive manner in the revitalization of our city.

My Dad always said, “Where there is a will there is a way”. We have the will in Will Maupin, and he knows the way.

I, urge you to join me in voting for Will for City Council District 8

on Nov. 6.

Sid Strassburg

Bremerton

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