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Hit-piece mailers debase our elections

I’d like to express my opinion of the political mailers Charlie Bermant reported on in his Oct. 25 article, “Abel, Angel backed by ‘soft money’ mailers.”

These mailers are disgusting and I believe they are very damaging to our American election process.

Not only do they insult hard-working public servants but they are poisoning the well for future candidates who want to seek public office.

Who would want to run for office and subject themselves and their families to such defamation and humiliation?

Any candidate on whose behalf these insulting mailers were distributed should publicly apologize not only to the candidate whose honor has been so brutally maligned, but also to the public for filling our mail boxes with this garbage.

Angel and Abel both should immediately notify the Citizens Action Group and the state Democratic Party and whoever else is sending out this trash that they will not tolerate such reprehensible tactics.

The party chairmen should do likewise. Democratic Chairman Carl Olson hit the nail right on the head when he said, “Silence implies consent.”

And recipients who are outraged by these mailers should return them to the sender with harsh words of rebuke.

The only way to stop these “dirty tricks” is when good people in both parties refuse to tolerate them and refuse to fund them.

I think I can speak for many who believe these mailers are very damaging not to their “intended” target but to the “unspoken” candidate the mailer is supporting.

We all know who that candidate is. And we all know the “facts” are grossly misrepresented and border on lies.

When citizens donate money to political organizations, they should find out if this is how their money is being spent.

Is this how you want your donated political dollars spent?

Your money could be working to get a candidate defeated in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

An anti-Angel piece I received came from “Citizens for Change” out of Wichita, Kansas.

What business has Wichita got meddling in our Kitsap County elections?

VIVIAN HENDERSON

Port Orchard

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