I was taken aback to see, in your news item of April 16 on the tax-day anti-government "Tea Party" rally in Astoria, a report that current county commissioner Jeff Hazen not only addressed the anti-government protestors, but also appealed to them for votes and help with his own re-election campaign ("It's tea party time," The Daily Astorian).

I have to ask: What does the Tea Party have to do with our local nonpartisan county commission election? Should there be this sort of connection?

Hazen's action strengthens my concern about his agenda on the county commission, and I hope that we District 1 voters will vote the political and narrow-interest Hazen out of county office. Let's replace him with someone who has an attitude of pubic service, respect for all county residents, and a written plan for more open, accessible and responsive government.

In our district, that is Scott Lee.

FLORENCE SAGE

Astoria

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