Northwest NEWS

October 4, 1999

Editorial

Some food for thought before the general election

   I have some food for thought before the upcoming election. Why would you want to vote for a candidate when he is breaking the law even prior to election? All the campaign signs that you see in the rights-of-way, along the roadside, in highway planters, hanging from bridges and walkways, and cluttering the area are illegally posted.

   Campaign signs are to be removed within 10 days following the election. Wasn't the election weeks ago? Don't you also find it interesting that nothing is being done about it? I say something can be done about it, and it is up to all of us as voters.

   If candidates are breaking the law to begin with, why would they expect us to vote for them and give them more power? If they can't handle the simple campaign laws, do they really think that we believe they are capable of upholding and creating more complicated laws? I don't think so!

   I can hear the uproar from the candidates now: "I cannot be responsible for what my campaign workers go out and do on their own."

   Well, I ask them back, "As a business person, how can I be responsible for what my personnel go out and do on their own?" Yet each and every day, businesses get sued or fined for actions of their personnel. Not an excuse, in my book.

   Before you vote, take a look as you drive around. You might want to think of who you're voting for based on their willingness to uphold the laws before the votes are counted.

Mary Baum, Woodinville