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I couldn’t agree more with Gil Beyer (“Need changes in Congress,” Sept. 14) about changes needed in Congress. In fact, changes are needed in Washington, D.C. There was only one error in his list of members, it wasn’t complete. Here is the rest of the list: Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray; and Reps. Rick Larsen, Norman Dicks, Jim McDermott and Adam Smith.

Let’s be honest, if any of our congressional representatives are incumbents, they’ve not done their jobs, starting at the top of the administration and continuing down. Their allegiance goes to re-election first, party second, lobbyists lining their pockets third and, finally, the state they supposedly represent.

When they say they’ve worked hard, I say not nearly hard enough. To the question of “Are you better off,” consider: investments, IRAs and 401(k)s are most likely even to a little ahead from four years ago. But when you look at a person’s largest single investment, a home, the loss of value is 35 percent to 50 percent, which tips the scale far to the other side.

When someone fails to do their job they need to be replaced, and so it is in Washington, D.C.

Gary Wheeldon


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