Letters to the Editor

Supports Olsen for 23rd LD position 2

Kitsap County’s effective unemployment rate is 17 percent. One out of every four Kitsap homeowners is underwater with their mortgage. Hundreds of commercial developed properties and raw commercial land sit vacant. Each of these instances involve citizens, fathers, mothers, grandparents, all desperate for the non-existent private-sector jobs. These are signs of economic illness.

Capt. James Olsen, 23rd District representative candidate, chronicles these economic failures. What caught my attention was James Olsen’s clear and straight-forward solutions.

Olsen proposes that Olympia do a thorough and complete stem-to-stern evaluation of all functions performed. Functions must be rank-ordered. James Olsen considers care of the developmentally disabled, proper K-12 education, infrastructure replacement, as core. Olsen proposes non-key functions be outsourced to private-sector partnerships with church organizations or non-government organizations. Olsen’s goal is for Washington to create a pro-business environment that telegraphs to individuals and investors that Washington is supportive of small and large private business creation and expansion.

James Olsen is adamant that Olympia suffers from a spending problem, not a revenue (tax) problem. Unlike his two Democrat opponents, Capt. Olsen does not favor an income tax or any attempt to rescind the — supermajority requirement for new taxes.  Olsen calls for regulatory reform, education reform, and for a more efficient Washington state ferry administration.

We must elect a free-market, limited-government advocate to our legislature. Capt. Olsen has the steely resolve and perseverance to work with any coalition, alliance, or group of legislators who seek a New Washington prosperity for our hurting citizens.

Jeffrey Sneller
Bainbridge Island

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In the upcoming election, we have a clear idea of the promises of government spending made by our state legislators. We urgently need to elect someone who understands that our public debt and liabilities, $39.4 billion, and growing, must be addressed now.  The candidate who will do that is James M. Olsen who is running in the 23rd Legislative District to become representative in Position 2.

Our state can no longer continue on this road to fiscal insolvency. Vote for fiscal responsibility. Vote for James M. Olsen.

Denis and Joan Gorner

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In the 23rd District race for Position 2 in the state House of Representatives, we have a three-way race with appointed incumbent Drew Hansen facing Henning Larsen and James Olsen. So far, most letters have strongly favored Drew Hansen, but I’m a bit weary of the lauds he is receiving.  They sound too much like the same patron-client relationship that both parties seem to engage in and a lot of these relationships need reform both on the right and the left.

Henning Larsen seems innovative on some economic issues. However, I am not so sure about his effectiveness, and I am not sure of what moral courage he may exhibit on critical social issues.

However, James Olsen would be effective because he has a background that is most impressive, both as a career Coast Guard officer and as the owner of rental housing in two counties which he literally built from the ground up. His energy and acumen are most impressive.

Mr. Olsen strikes many as a polarizing individual, and, indeed, he is very outspoken. However, I know him on a personal level, and he has been nothing but civil and considerate to me.  With the exception of specific social issues, I do not always agree with James Olsen. However, I want someone in Olympia to take on state government with a clear businesslike mind rather than a patron doing favors to specific interests.

Francis Jacobson
Bainbridge Island


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