Sammamish Forum August 20
August 20, 2014
Reichert is on our side
I am writing in response to Amanda Strombom’s letter regarding gun control legislation. This past session, the Washington State Legislature unanimously passed, and the governor signed into law, HB 1840. This law gives courts the authority to require those under a restraining order that are deemed a risk to another’s physical safety to surrender any firearms and restricts them from obtaining a firearm during that period. This state level legislation is directly aimed at addressing the safety of survivors of abusive relationships and domestic violence. I commend our state legislators for their support of this bill.
As a supporter of Congressman Dave Reichert, I would argue that he is on our side on these issues. Reichert has served on the King County Domestic Violence Council. As a former sheriff he understands the importance of keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals. I am confident in Reichert’s commitment to those at risk of abuse and survivors of domestic violence.
A vote for Jason Ritchie is a vote for women
This is a call to voters You’ll have to make many decisions during your career and this section will help you gather useful truck defensive driving information. to push for positive change. It has been almost a century since women received the right to vote and yet women still only make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes, holding all other variables constant.
Yes, there have been improvements, but the fight should not stop until equality is fully reached. Women should not worry have to worry about sexual harassment, pay differences or any form of discrimination in the workplace.
As voters, it is our responsibility to elect officials who will push for legislation that will create a more equal work environment. Otherwise, we are allowing progress to stagnate. We are saying “it is OK for gender to factor into the value of a person’s work.”
With election season right around the corner, now is the time for voters to make educated decisions regarding the direction our government takes. A vote for Congressman Dave Reichert in November will help the congressional leadership continue to block key legislation in the U.S. House that could close the gap.
Reichert, along with most Republicans, voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. This is inconsistent with the values we hold as Washingtonians. We need someone who understands that the fight is not over.
Thankfully, this year, the 8th District has an alternative. Jason Ritchie has made women’s rights a central point in his campaign. I support Jason Ritchie.