We need good people to run for state, national office

We live in a constitutional republic, so I am aware that people like Eugene Robinson, Sid Schwab, et al. have a right to their opinions and The Herald has a right to publish their opinions. I will admit that I am weary of their obsessive hatred of President Trump and the people who voted for him (I’m not one of them) and their disdain for the values that this nation was built upon that borders on mental illness.

I recently received an email from The Seattle Times bemoaning the demise of the nation’s free press. My response was that if there was at least an attempt to balance the news and editorial pages with news articles and opinions from both sides of the political spectrum, maybe today’s newspapers wouldn’t be a dying institution. The same advice applies to The Herald. When is the last time any local newspaper printed anything positive about anything going on politically that isn’t coming from the left or even news stories that don’t have a left slant to them?

Beyond all of this is the total lack of honesty and integrity in our politics and politicians at every level of our government. We have Congress that can’t get out of their own way because they can’t find a way to make decisions and agreements for the good of the people of this nation and focus on what the people really care about. Locally we have a governor who has no problem wasting millions of taxpayer dollars on his ridiculous presidential campaign while the local region goes to hell in a handbasket and an attorney general who is supposed to be apolitical and represent all people in Washington who thumbs his nose at the U.S. and state constitution and state and local laws to suit his personal agendas and uses his office as a weapon against people he disagrees with.

Call me naïve or a cockeyed optimist, but there have to be men and women out there somewhere with honesty and integrity that can run for public office and truly represent the people. Please, someone?

Mike Shouse


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