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Economic woes need a bipartisan solution | Letters | March 25

In forums from our local papers to the national level, the amount of vitriol, finger-pointing and inanity that is occurring over how to put our economy back on track is as useless as it is disturbing.

I am so tired of hearing vacuous propaganda about “big-spending Democrats” and “tightwad Republicans.” None of these empty statements are going to get us where we need to go.

Here we are, in a time when higher education is becoming increasingly unaffordable, the rest of our public education system is underfunded; when our social safety nets for our most vulnerable populations are falling apart; when we are looking at massive challenges and opportunities to define our direction in energy use and our energy future; when our downtowns are increasingly unstable and unable to support the small businesses that help define our communities.

These are not “Democratic” or “Republican” problems, they are problems that the 98 percent of us that are not rich enough to afford to ignore must address.

Regardless of our party affiliation, most of us want to protect the essential functions our governments provide, while making sure they do so efficiently and fairly.

Let’s move past the rhetoric and work on supporting each other and moving our economy in the right direction.

Deborah Rudnick

Bainbridge Island

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