I am writing in support of Roger Goodman, my 45th District State Representative. I have volunteered for his campaigns since he was first ran in 2006 and his many legislative accomplishments for the people of our state have been my reward.
Over my 42 years practicing law in Kirkland, I am regularly asked by friends and clients for recommendations on judicial races. This year I am strongly recommending the re-election of Justice Wiggins to the State Supreme Court. I have known and worked with Justice Wiggins.
As a mother, I am concerned about the financial debt we leave my children.
With the Presidential election taking center stage, local elections have fallen by the wayside. This is frightening, as who we vote into Office in our Washington is every bit as important as who we vote into Office in that other Washington. I feel compelled to write in and recommend Ramiro Valderrama for State Representative, 45th District.
The TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership - 12 country trade agreement written by corporations in secret, with no public input) is for the benefit of corporations but not for the people. It will be brought to a vote in Congress after the elections, at the time when many congresspersons are leaving office and have no need to please their constituents. It is being pushed as a good thing by the administration, polls appear to be in favor at first glance, but if you look further, you'll find that 67 percent of the people either know very little or nothing about it. I have not talked to one person who is for it.
I don't know many people who are excited to cast their vote for president this year. We are three weeks from the general election and yet nary is there a bumper sticker or yard sign declaring a person's candidate of choice for the Oval Office. I'm not sure I can stomach watching or even listening to one more presidential debate. To all this I say "Bottom's Up!"
The proposed Regional Proposition 1 (ST3) is a $54 Billion tax and spend proposal that would have a long lasting and huge negative impact on the finances of the City of Kirkland and our region. ST3 is way out of the realm of reasonableness. It buys trains for Seattle at 12 times the cost of SR 520 bridge replacement project. For perspective, I have compared the City of Kirkland's current annual budget for transportation to the pro-rated share of East King Subarea's $9.8 billion that would be paid annually by Kirkland residents.
At a recent town hall, the incumbent in the 45th Legislative District, Roger Goodman, laughingly reported that he is "firmly undecided" on the ST3 ballot issue. Challenger Ramiro Valderrama, on the other hand, explained the reasons he opposes ST3, the largest tax increase in the history of the state.
Our earth is covered by 30 percent of forests and if the current deforestation rate continues there will be no more forests within the next 100 years. Current rates at one and a half acres of trees or forest is cut down every second or 20 football fields is cut down every minute.Deforestation accounts for 2,400 yards a minute. Deforestation accounts for 15 percent carbon emission. Deforestation accounts for 12-17 percent of greenhouse emissions. Deforestation accounts for possibly 28,000 species to be extinct in the next quarter century. Deforestation destroys our planet.
Do your parents love you? Is love sending you off to a place where you're stripped of your self worth and traumatized for life?
Imagine this is how your day goes. You wake up, laying in some else's garbage, brushing your teeth in it, watching TV while sitting on it, and sometimes even having to eat all the garbage. Sea animals are being forced to do this every day. There is an unbelievable amount of pollution in our oceans, all over the world. Sea animals are having to live in it, swim in it, and even end up eating a lot of it.
Just imagine if the shortsighted naysayers and fear mongers of the 1970s transportation proposal had not gotten their way. We would have a rail transportation system that could take us from Kirkland to Seattle, West Seattle to the U District, Ballard to the airport and all points in between.
Representative Roger Goodman deserves our vote for reelection because he is a highly effective legislator for public safety, judicial issues, and the environment. This last legislative session alone, he was the prime sponsor for 32 bills and a secondary sponsor for nearly 200 bills.
Can you imagine a world without apples, strawberries, carrots, cocoa, coffee, or cotton? That means no fruit, no vegetables, no Starbucks, less clothes, etc… This will all be a reality if bees go extinct.
I have had the pleasure of knowing Shelley since our kids were in grade school. From the beginning, she was happy to help out with vision screenings, fundraisers, field trips, and the like, but she really found her home in the advocacy committee. In no time she was learning about the issues that faced our kids, and wrote legislators to share the needs of students. She moved up in the ranks to serve on the PTSA council, recruiting and training advocacy chairs. She went to Olympia on many PTA Focus Day events to meet legislators and advocate for kids. Eventually, she served for two years as the legislative director for the Washington State PTA, and I've joined her in Olympia and have seen her in action. She was never afraid to speak up and ask the hard questions.
The race for Washington State Treasurer is one of historical proportions. For the first time in 60 years, a Republican will be elected to that office. In this race, voters would be best served by electing Duane Davidson.
I am writing in response to the multiple letters extolling the qualifications of Ramiro Valderrama for Washington State Representative. While I have been a supporter of Councilman Valderrama since he first ran for his Sammamish City Council position, I cannot help but be more than a little concerned about his decision to declare as a Republican, and the ensuing implications (based on recent trends in Washington state legislation).
In all seriousness, I have to wonder if the "No on Prop1/ST3" crowd is blind, or has no commute, or knows no one who commutes in this area. Having lived on the Eastside for almost 20 years now, I have seen 405 go from very congested for a few hours a day, to a parking lot for nearly half the day. This is lack of public planning and lack of imagination at its finest. Rail is how the rest of the world moves tons of people quickly, reliably, and efficiently. Go to Asia, go to Europe, heck, even go to NYC and see how rail works. We've tried the "add more lanes" approach and guess what, we're all clogged up again. Those of us who'd like to have an alternative to sitting in traffic going no where deserve one.
We are writing to express our support for Roger Goodman, our 45th District State Representative. As our Representative in Olympia, Roger continually demonstrates his leadership, his bipartisanship, his care and concern for the people of our state.
We need a change in Olympia. Roger Goodman has been around too long. In my view, he no longer represents the changing needs of the district.