Spokane County: Local ballot

Whitworth is located in District 1 of Spokane County, where the position of County Commissioner will be up for election as incumbent Republican candidate Todd Mielke is running against John Roskelley of the Democratic Party. According to the County Commissioners’ homepage on the Spokane County website, “The Spokane County Board of Commissioners is responsible for providing legislative and administrative services to Spokane County.”

Mielke is described on his website as a champion for small businesses and traditional values of the Spokane community. Roskelley has past experience as a county commissioner and an intent to find balanced, economical solutions to current county issues, according to his campaign website.

For the office of State Representative, Whitworth falls under District 6. Kevin Parker, the Republican candidate, will go unchallenged.

The second position will be between Dennis Dellwo, with a Democratic Party preference, and Jeff Holy, with a Republican Party preference. Holy is an attorney, a U.S. Army veteran and has been a Spokane resident for 29 years.

“We need to grow our economy by creating an environment that allows small businesses to thrive,” Holy said on his campaign website.

Dellwo, also an attorney and U.S. Army veteran, has served in the State Legislature for 13 years. On his website, the top three issues Dellwo addresses are jobs, education and health care.

In the 2012 Primary, the U.S. Representative of Congressional District 5 will be up for election. Whitworth and the surrounding community lie within the boundaries of District 5, where Republican incumbent, Cathy McMorris Rodgers will face Democrat, Rich Cowan.

McMorris Rodgers has represented the District 5 of Washington State since 2004, following 13 years of work on her family’s orchard. According to the Spokesman Review Election Center, she has since served as Vice Chair of House Republican Conference, member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Co-chair of the Congressional Military Family Caucus.

Cowan is the co-founder and recently retired CEO of a local film production company, North by Northwest. Cowan is a first-time politician advocates for policies on jobs, the economy, military families and veterans and agriculture.

Laryssa Lynch Staff Writer

Contact Laryssa Lynch at laryssalynch15@my.whitworth.edu

Special Issue Voter's Guide 2012: Barack Obama

I remember about four years ago, sitting in my now mother-in-law’s living room watching the news as votes were counted. I sat in tension, quietly rooting for Obama in this conservative household. The country also sat in tension, waiting and watching as Obama garnered the most votes ever gained by a presidential candidate. I hadn’t been old enough to vote in the election, but I had participated by wearing my Obama T-shirt as often as possible and by convincing everyone I could to vote for him. (I managed to convince both of my parents, my then-boyfriend and a bunch of others.)

Like many Obama supporters, I was swept up in the rhetoric. Like many Obama supporters, I’ve been disappointed. Like not-so-many, I will continue to show my support by voting for him in November.

Americans are a pessimistic bunch. We, as a general rule, like to complain. We like to seek out the worst in people. Most of us remember the Monica Lewinsky scandal, but fewer remember the good things the Clinton presidency brought us. We have a similar outlook on the current presidency. We all see the promises that Obama did not keep, but fail to see the many promises that Obama did keep.

How about the student loan reform that Obama pushed through Congress that allowed for the interest rates on student loans, which many Whitworth students rely upon to pay for school, to remain low while simultaneously saving the government $87 billion?

How about the pieces of Obamacare that, according to a June 2012 Wall Street Journal article, allowed more than 6 million young adults to have insurance coverage by joining their parents’ plans?

My point is this: It’s easy to see what Obama hasn’t done and quickly decide that he’s no good. But upon closer analysis, one will see that the things what Obama has done are quite incredible.

More than that, the next presidential election isn’t about what Obama has or hasn’t done, but about what he will do if elected. It’s about what Romney says he’ll do if he’s elected.

What we hear from Obama are clear plans regarding the economy, education and health care, among other issues. From Romney, on the other hand, we hear flip-flopping views akin to Hillary Clinton’s notorious flip-flops in the 2008 presidential campaign.

Does Romney support abortion regulation? I’m not sure, because Romney seems to change his mind every time it’s convenient. What’s Romney’s stance on cutting taxes for top wage earners? Well, that depends on if we’re looking at what he said during the Denver debate (during which he said he wouldn’t cut taxes for high earners) or if we’re looking at what he said on his website (which describes a plan for across-the-board 20% marginal rate cuts).

And when Romney’s not flip-flopping, he’s being vague. He can be so ambiguous in his political ideas that, according to a September Politico article, GOP leaders have even complained about it. Apparently, he has a plan when it comes to the economy. I’ve heard details on his running mate’s economic plan (which Romney claims he isn’t adopting), but Romney’s budget is still nowhere to be found. Apparently, Romney has a plan when it comes to health care. A quick look at his campaign website will show that his “plan” is that he “will pursue policies” to help states create their own health care systems. What policies, Mitt? What policies?

In the end, it makes more sense to elect the person who has already gained his bearings and is ready to put his plans into action than the person who can’t even decide what his plans involve.

Lindsie Trego Staff Writer

Contact Lindsie Trego at lwagner14@my.whitworth.edu