DeBolt doesn't represent his district well
Recently, The Olympian mentioned that the 20th Legislative District legislators deserved credit for making the best of a bad situation. Our district lost over 600 family-wage jobs with the closing of the TransAlta coal mine in Centralia last fall.
In this year's legislative session, Rep. Gary Alexander, R-Thurston County, did the most to aid the people of our district with his bill to finance the equestrian center in Lewis County, which will provide new jobs for a hard hit community. Sen. Dan Swecker, R-Rochester, also helped by passing a bill to transform reclaimed TransAlta mine lands into industrial property.
But Rep. Richard DeBolt, R-Chehalis,
even in his position as minority leader, was unable to provide any assistance for the district. In fact, on April 21, The Olympian mentioned House Bill 1625, a bill that would allow motorcyclists to turn left on a red signal if it does not change, as the highlight of the bills sponsored by him this year.
This year, Rep. DeBolt didn't pass a single bill, on any subject. No help with local economic development and nothing to help the community after a punch in the gut like the closure of the mine.
Rep. DeBolt continues to put Republican politics ahead of his constituents' needs, especially after the extraordinary consequences of last fall's mine closure. It is sad to see our district represented so poorly in the House of Representatives.
(Editor's note: The author lost to DeBolt in the 2006 election.)
The recent brutality in Virginia has left me disturbed and wondering: Is all of this media coverage a good idea?
The headlines read the most brutal massacre in history - for now. For now until the next disturbed young person decides that all he/she can do is be like Dylan or Seung-Hui.
Pictures of this latest young man flood front pages of papers, lead the 6 p.m. news and are all over the Internet. However, isn't this exactly what he wanted - his 15 minutes of fame?
He sent that tape to NBC News and now he's everywhere. What kind of message are we sending to other young people who might feel angry, disturbed and desperate for some kind of attention? Are we telling them that this is the best way to get attention when all else fails?
A part of me wants to know what's happening, but another part of me thinks maybe we should cry our tears and not know all the grisly facts. I wonder what it would be like to simply know that this horrible act happened and that people are of course devastated, but that's all. The killer was a disturbed person who was crying out for attention, but we're not giving into him. I don't have any answers. I just know that what we're doing now isn't diminishing these killings, and the young people who feel called to commit them.