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I am livid. I have written three e-mails to our Thurston County Commissioners regarding traffic circles, speed bumps or something to reduce drivers’ speed on the cross street where I live. The response I got from the third one was the county doesn’t have the money, so I could pay for it myself.
It was interesting this morning to read in The Olympian that texting while driving is the leading killer of American teens. Using what passes for logic in the White House, the U.S. Senate and the state House, we should do in-depth background checks for anyone who wants to purchase a cellphone. Now some would complain that this unjustly punishes teens who use cellphones in a responsible manner. Would the answer “who cares” be enough for those who ask this question?
A review of 12,000 papers on climate change, in the May 15 issue of Environmental Research Letters, found that 97 percent of scientists attribute climate change to human activities. Although we’re unlikely to reverse climate change, we can mitigate its effects by reducing our driving, energy use, and meat consumption.
A Tampa Bay, Fla., man has been indicted by a grand jury for first-degree murder because he allegedly, without his girlfriend’s knowledge, gave her a pill to induce labor and cause an abortion, killing the human embryo she was carrying (Associated Press, The Olympian, May 16, 2013).
In regards to the letters complaining about the military helicopters and the height and noise. I cannot help but wonder what these people would think if it were enemy flights going over our homes. I for one remind myself that it may be a little noisy but they are training to protect all of us, not just a few.
As I think about the six teachers who died to save their students at Newtown, Conn., and the teachers at Moore, Okla., who put their own lives at risk to protect their elementary school students, I wonder to myself when will we recognize the incredible value of all teachers to our community.
This is about the people that have written to The Olympian about the helicopter fly-overs in our part of the world. For one, when I hear and see them (and the 10 C5 Galaxies the other day) and, of course, other military aircraft, I think of peace in our part of the world and the men and women that keep us safe and free.
Hunger is the biggest cause of illness and death around the world; one in eight people go to bed hungry every night and 2.5 million children die from undernutrition every year. And 165 million survive but are developmentally challenged because of a lack of proper nutrition.