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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Haddon will lead a needed makeover

To the editor:

Olympia is out of control!

Whatever the problem, Olympia’s attitude is, “Let’s throw money at it and see what happens.” And what has happened is a 30-percent increase in state spending in just the last three years alone. The previous surplus we had has disappeared into a very deep hole.

The Legislature continually seeks to take away our right of initiative and referendum. Local control of our schools is long gone, and our children have suffered with lower-quality education because of it.

Cities and counties are often hit with unfunded mandates and higher taxing requirements. All of this results in Olympia gaining more control over local issues.

When you consider the above and the current shambles of the ferry system, it becomes obvious that Olympia is broken and in dire need of a “makeover.” Linda Haddon will do just that.

Linda is a businesswoman with wide-ranging experience, which includes past membership in the SAVE NAS task force, originating and working on the board of three social service organizations serving widows, membership in several other service organizations, and also a former member of the Island County Planning Commission. She is a fiscally responsible person who will fight for budget controls.

Linda has stated, “As your state senator, I will go through the state budget line by line looking for ways we can improve service while cutting waste,” and she will do exactly that.

Also, she will fight to institute the performance audit recommendations that will save millions for the state, and which the current “free spenders” ignore.

We need Linda Haddon in Olympia!

Anita W. Johnston

Oak Harbor

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