George Le Masurier, Publisher
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So state Sen. Rodney Tom and others think schools would be improved by assigning them letter grades based on test scores and graduation rates. What a wonderful, simple idea.
With respect to a recent letter published in The Olympian (Port of Olympia relies on tax levy, April 18, 2013), I would like to note that every tax is a subsidy, but to facilitate communication with taxpayers the port could report their success in terms of “earnings” versus “profit.”
I was disappointed to read the port commissioners’ answer to citizens who are opposing using our port to bring in fracking materials for use in extracting oil in North Dakota. People need jobs, but they should be good jobs; not jobs that pollute water supplies and add to the already overloaded air we breathe. As Bill McKibben says, “If it is wrong to wreck the climate, then it is wrong to profit from that wreckage.”
The most remarkable thing about Martha Pierce’s recent attack on Republicans (Republicans need to clean house, May 6) is that a paper as reputable as The Olympian chose to publish it.
I just finished reading the letter to the editor by Deea Niemi. The writer claims 800,000 US citizens are killed yearly. Since the writer was writing about gun control, I assume the writer was claiming these citizens were all killed by guns. When gun control started getting attention awhile ago it was alleged only about 150,000 people were being killed. This time it is 800,000.
We all have been greatly affected by the budget shortfall plaguing our state. All state agencies were asked to cut their budgets and have responded to that request. One state agency was told they had to do more.
Those entrusted with the public welfare have to be held to a higher moral standard than the rest of us slobs. These folks need to avoid even the appearance of impropriety.
I am the CEO of Behavioral Health Resources (BHR). BHR employs in excess of 300 professionals who are extraordinarily good at what they do. They are committed professionals who care deeply for the thousands of individuals we serve annually.
I just read your coverage of Olympia’s May Day marches, which were quite peaceful and incurred no injuries or property damage. And once again, I felt thankful that Ronnie Roberts is Olympia’s chief of police.