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From the mailbag...

I am writing with a note about your endorsement guide. I find the guide useful each election season, and appreciate the dedication that goes into making it. However, in the endorsement of Eden Mack over Herbert J. Camet, Jr. for School Board, I noticed this:

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I was disappointed to see the SECB's offhand derision of the font Comic Sans. For many people with dyslexia, Comic Sans is an helpful (and unlike many others, widely available) tool. As middle school teacher, I often use Comic Sans to aid my dyslexic students, along with other strategies. I encourage you to read this article: "Hating Comic Sans is Ableist."

Sincerely,

Shelley Levin

This may be a radical thought but I have read the SECB voting guide for who knows how long and I'm interested in seeing this bounced about... or not. I propose we vote no to all new taxes. Always, each and every time. No soft spots. (that's even hard to write). All sales taxes and all property taxes. Yes, it will seem heartless. And no, I'm not able to do it this year with Prop. 1 (nor was I able to with early education).

But.

I believe we contribute to our regressive tax system by voting for our regressive tax system. Voting no for all tax increases will cut politicians off from their "tax-crack." We've enabled them for far to long. I say we starve them and make them come to the table with an income-tax—city, county, state. And, if the current city-wide income tax fails as unconstitutional (taxing people differently not allowed), I say we take a page from the ACA and provide subsidies/credit. How that would work is a flat income tax for all residents would be imposed and those making less than $xx get a subsidy or credit that basically wipes out the tax.

My .02.

Thanks for making voting—why do I feel like I'm always voting and when did voting in April become acceptable?—bearable and remotely interesting.

S.

Hey Stranger! (Get it?)

I wanted to offer a factual correction to your voting guide. In your recommendation for Cary Moon, you say there are 1000 people moving "here" every week. Since she's running for the city of Seattle, it sounds like that's Seattle's growth rate! It is, in fact, approximately the growth rate of the metro area. Seattle's growth rate is about 1/3 of that (about 350 people per week, or 18k people over 2016). Hope that you take this to heart! No sense in stoking a panic over a fact which isn't real. (Or didn't we liberals learn that yet?) Cheers!

Stephen