The past few mornings I have been listening to Dave Ross on KIRO radio, he has been discussing the initiatives and if someone is going to give a fairly impartial view, it is Ross.
Initiative 1000 is modeled exactly after the Death With Dignity Act in Oregon. The guy Ross talked to that is against the initiative just harped on the the issue that doctors will just kill off terminal patients instead of treating them. The guy struck me as very uninformed. Ross talked to a former Oregon governor on the for side. She stated that the law has only been used 81 times since it was passed and that over 200 terminally ill folks changed their minds after asking about using the law. It will also be illegal for doctors to suggest the law, the patient must ask then go through the gauntlet before the prescription is written. I have always been a fan of former Governor Booth Gardner who helped bring this initiative to the voters so I will vote for it. I also watched a couple loved ones die long painful deaths, I don’t want to go the same way. I would like to have the option to end my misery.
As stated I-985 is another Eyeman initiative. I don’t trust this guy since his first self serving initiative and now he has become a talking head for those that want special interest laws passed. It is supposed to be a traffic congestion relief bill, all I see it doing is putting a lot of taxpayer’s money in the pockets of various contractors. Instead of using funds that is budgeted for the DOT to perform much of the changes the law will require, it directs the funds to come from the general fund. Eyeman was promising faster commute times for everyone and that the state can easily cover the costs from it’s rainy day fund, schools and other state funded programs won’t have to be cut if 985 passes. The state auditor Brian Sonntag gave the against argument, he stated that this is like some other Eyeman initiatives, it looks good on the outside but has too many holes on the inside. Sonntag also stated that the for side twisted his report on the initiative. He also said there are things that need to be done to reduce traffic congestion but this is the wrong approach. As you can tell, I am against this. Sorry about the one sided view. It’s not going to change my commute whether it passes or not, it’s just a matter of principle to me.
I haven’t heard the discussion of I-985 yet. From reading the voters pamphlet, if passed long term health care workers to be certified and pass background checks. My thinking is if I end up in a nursing home who do I want wiping my butt after I use the bed pan. I am leaning towards voting yes. My step daughter works with physically handicapped folks and her employer has been pushing their employees to tell everyone to vote no, it will cost them more money and the level of care will be reduced, not improved.