Keep opinions local | Letter to the editor

I am disappointed with the article in the October issue “County voters weigh in on presidential race” that was published in the October issue of the Tukwila Reporter. You have two opinions from South King County residents and one opinion from an individual who lives in the Green Lake neighborhood of Seattle. Yes, they do live in King County (I trust you verified their residential addresses) and you use the tag “County voters”…

However, the opinions expressed by these people, especially the opinion from the individual who resides in the Green Lake area of Seattle, should not have been published in the Tukwila Reporter. The opinions of voters who reside in Tukwila, just as I have for the last 10 plus years, matter to me far more than someone who lives in the Green Lake area or South King County for that matter. The residents who live in Tukwila deserve to hear from their neighbors who are registered voters and that live here in our community we call Tukwila. I do not appreciate reading the opinion of someone who does not live within Tukwila and having their opinions published in our Tukwila Reporter.

Why should we be weighing their opinions when we have plenty of registered voters who live right here in Tukwila? They certainly would be more than happy to share their opinions given the opportunity? I live in Tukwila and I vote in this district – not Seattle nor the Green Lake area. Those voters who live in South King County have other papers for their opinions to be published in.

In such an important election year, I value and respect the opinions of the constituents of the immediate community we live in, which as a reminder to you, is Tukwila. Please, in the future if you want to publish political opinions or otherwise, please show more respect to the people who live and vote in Tukwila and allow their (our) voices to be heard and shared with others who are voters and constituents of this community we call Tukwila. Opinion and influence from those who live outside of Tukwila are not appreciated nor needed. We don’t offer it to Redmond or Covington and I doubt they need it either.

– Tedd Branstetter

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