The courageous entrepreneurs and risk takers who have invested their hopes, dreams, hard work, vision, time and money in downtown Olympia deserve thanks and praise. The selfless providers of kindness, compassion, encouragement and charity with no expectation of reward deserve the same and more.
The City of Olympia has made a serious commitment to downtown. It is time for the fake holders, snake holders, rake holders and brake holders to step aside and let the real stake holders (building owners, land owners, business owners and downtown residents, to name a few) get on with it. This, when all is said and done, is the land of the free and the home of the brave!
For many years, the devotees of moldering buildings, irredeemably polluted reflecting pools, debate without action, (unless the action is retrograde, supports the status quo and diverts large amounts of public funds to causes advanced by strident wealthy minorities who never seem willing to invest their money), and bureaucratic log-rolling have been allowed to frustrate and impede local progress. “I’ve got mine, pull up the ladder!” is their battle cry, and they must not win the day.
It is time to embrace the future. For the record, I work downtown, shop downtown, eat downtown, walk downtown and recreate downtown; and I enjoy every minute! I encourage you to do the same.
John T. Holmes