Letter to the Editor: Response to Mr. Pollowitz

Sunday, August 5, 2018

To the Editor:

With his comments, Mr. Pollowitz (see letter) apparently wants to start another round in the fight over Fircrest: he, and others, want to close Fircrest. I want to keep it open.

From my earliest days in the legislature I have been consistent in voting, and leading the opposition, against any bill that wants to close Fircrest. The reason I hold this position is that vulnerable persons who cannot advocate, protect, or care for themselves need the level of care provided by Fircrest and other RHCs.

Prior to my service in the State Legislature I ran a sheltered workshop for disabled people for five years. I believe I am the only person in the legislature who has experience in this field and am very familiar with the varying levels of abilities and needs of intellectually disabled individuals.

Maralyn Chase


Michael Pollowitz August 5, 2018 at 6:20 PM  

In typical Maralyn Chase style, I raised a couple of factual issues and she writes a response that has nothing to do with what I wrote. What does Fircrest have to do with her Democratic co-workers selecting a Republican to chair a committee over Maralyn Chase or being the 1 in the 90+ to 1 when she voted against the Dan Thompson Act? Actually it has nothing to do with either of these facts.

Speaking of nothing, the Stranger said it well when they wrote about their interview with Maralyn Chase: “… Then we brought up what she's best known for: nothing. Doing nothing. Nothing except for proposing big bills "to raise awareness," and then looking aghast when they fail because she didn't line up supporters…” The Stranger concluded with, “… she has got to go. Vote Salomon.”

The Seattle Times stated about their interview with Maralyn Chase “Affirming that it’s time for change in the 32nd, Chase used much of an interview to lecture about industrial automation.”

Beloved 32nd District Representative Ruth Kagi has it right, as well Shoreline mayor Will Hall, Lynnwood mayor Nicola Smith, the Seattle Times, the Everett Herald, the Stranger, and a long list of other endorsers: Vote Salomon.

Michael Pollowitz

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