On Nov. 17 The Herald published an editorial titled, “Eyman exhibits his sense of timing with 2 initiatives” as well as a letter to the editor titled, “Eyman must stop nonsense.” In the letter and the editorial, both you and the letter writer, in addition to making a bunch of weak arguments in opposition to Eyman, miss the overwhelming, important point and bottom line: how the results of Eyman’s initiatives treated the majority of Washington state citizens.
Initiative 695 did away with an outrageous and totally unfair car tax, a tax that was way out of line with similar taxes in neighboring states. As a result, the vast majority of Washington state citizens saved hundreds of dollars that shouldn’t have been theirs to pay in the first place. How much has The Herald or letter writer saved our citizens lately or ever?
Initiative 722 again is attempting to solve runaway property taxes that the Legislature, year after year, promises to rectify and does nothing. This also is meant to benefit the large numbers of property owners in the state financially.
I-745 was designed to correct the heavily congested roads by building more roads. Right now, per the Department of Transportation, there are absolutely no new roads being built in the entire state of Washington and in the last 10 years there has only been 20 miles of new roads built in the entire state of Washington, again per the Department of Transportation. New roads would relieve congestion.
The weak, old arguments that the Legislature should be left to rectify these problems flies out the window when one considers that the Legislature has simply refused to do so. When they refuse to do what they are supposed to, then it’s up to the people to do so. Eyman is simply doing just that and thank God for him. It is hoped that someday your liberal staff and the liberal letter writers will come to understand that higher and higher taxes along with increased spending by the Legislature are not something the majority of Washington citizens want or will put up with. In the long run, these are not for the greater good of the people.
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