Letters to the Editor

If Seaquist snapped, Jensen drove him to it

With respect to the issue (“Seaquist, Jensen differ on details of heated meeting in Olympia,” Match 13) between 26th District Rep. Larry Seaquist (D-Gig Harbor) and Marlyn Jensen, I have two issues.

First, I find it a little biased that on top of reporting an incident that occured between two individuals, in which statements were taken from both individuals, that the Independent would choose to then publish a letter to the editor about this alleged event from Marlyn in the same issue.

This lop-sided presentation tends to lend credibility to one side of the story by allowing the Independent to be a forum for one of these individuals’ grievences against another.

I personally find Marlyn’s tactic of putting dirt, rocks or other materials in elected officials’ offices inappropriate and childish.

As a property owner, I am extremely conscious of legislation that impacts me and I do not appreciate Marlyn trivializing the issues, supposedly on my behalf, by goading a former political rival and current office-holder with passive-aggressive behavior and irresponsible tactics.

A hand-written note? Honestly.

A well-written presentation with property photos and views from these properties (possibly including affected constituents) might have been more effective.

It is my opinion now that any issues she has to talk about in the future will be done in front of witnesses, and will carry the weight of packing peanuts.

Thanks for the help, Marlyn. Just stay home next time.

Oh, and by the way, just because you don't like what someone has to say or how they react to you, that doesn’t qualify what they say as a “verbal attack.”

I would also like Marlyn to detail the other instances of this behavior happening that she refers to in her letter with the phrase, “This is not the first time Mr. Seaquist has exhibited this type of behavior...”

Please include witness lists for verification so we can all avoid slander and libel litigation. Thanks.


Port Orchard.

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