Letters to the Editor

Politicians sure do get a lot of perks

Yes, Gov. Gregoire does take too many trips, but you’ll not stop her.

She is now at a governors’ conference.

We have representatives that take care of our state’s business, so her trips to D.C. were for pleasure.

Taxpayers also pay for all members of Congress to fly back and forth to their home states.

We also pay for their home state offices.

There are 100 senators and the taxpayer pays for the 452 offices they have that are staffed.

Sen. Patty Murray has seven offices in Washington state, which we will pay for the next four years, and Maria Cantwell has six offices here.

Is it really necessary to have so many?

I asked Murray about this, but I received no reply.

Gregoire does not need one in D.C., either.

This should be closed.

Politician’s are well taken care of by taxpayers. We have only ourselves to blame for allowing all of the perks they receive.

They receive 80 percent of their salary for life after five years of service.

What they have been elected to is a job, and it should be required to put in 20 to 25 years on the job like everyone else.

They also have the best medical care at a fraction of what we pay.

We also need term limits for all politicians — eight years for each of them and no more.

We have 535 members of Congress and one president that want to control how we live our lives, and “We the People” have no control over any of them.

In my opinion, none of them know what is good for the rest of us.

Their agenda is to accumulate as much wealth as they can and enforce their power over the people.

RUBY RYAN

Port Orchard

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