We got two letters to the editor today about our 2019 primary election endorsements. The first one comes from someone named Andrew (who probably looks like the guy above):
Come on Stranger, don't just endorse one person and then ignore the other candidates. That is pompous as hell. And any publication that makes endorsements based on sexual orientation (even in judicial elections) cannot be taken seriously. If you're going to be in the business of endorsements, get off your high horse and try some neutral, objective information sharing. And though I like Zahilay and his campaigners who knocked at my door, just because of your incredible bias I will not change my vote for Gossett, who at least voted against giving the Mariners $135 million. Also, as for endorsing candidates who support getting rid of public golf courses (e.g. Sawant), who the hell do you think you are? Jefferson and other courses were among the original integrated, racially inclusive courses in the country. They are close to or over 100 years old. And you are supporting people who want to get rid of them to house drug addicts? Really, hire some people who know something about Seattle's history, not socialist wannabes who moved here two years ago.
The other letter, from someone named Malinda, says...
Hi, I'm a former denizen of Capitol Hill, retired in France since 1992. I just wanted to say merci beaucoup for your coverage and vetting of candidates and issues at election time. It's not easy to keep up with everything, and especially, with ordinary newspapers, to get the bits of information that you dig out for us. I'm so happy with my neighborhood rabble-rouser, Kshama (and my Rep, Pramila), and you help me not only to avoid the C of C sympathizers and general nuts, but the less than shining lights that run for other positions in our city/county/state & up.
I'm delighted with the spread of upzoning, especially the backyard cottages. Carriage houses (or mews houses, in London) have always had a certain cachet which could be promoted.
I do hope we can tackle the business/homeless project again, with more success this time. I don't know how to appeal to the better nature of the other half of the political divide, or even if they have one. Maybe there's a way to make them see their advantage in it, instead? (Yes, that's Carnegie sales training, bubbling up from the depths of the seventies...it does have its uses, and shouldn't be forgotten in politics.) Drugs and mental health must have a huge role to play in that mess, no? Surely a clean and healthy downtown would be a better draw for big employers than people living on the streets. Well, I'm sure you know all that, so I'll wish everyone luck in working on it.
Thanks again for standing with us progressive voters.
They can't both be right. It's time for a legally binding Slog poll.