Assault on Limbaugh and Beck unwarranted
The recent Diversity Panel column by Lucius Daye referencing Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh caught my eye. Although I don’t tune into Beck or Limbaugh daily, I am familiar enough with their programs to know what they stand for — the policies, practices, institutions and values that have made the United States successful and strong.
Daye would do well to spend more time listening to Beck and Limbaugh and less time attempting to influence others with misinformation.
Daye states, “... Limbaugh even professed to want the same thing as Osama bin Laden, which was, the failure of our country, and the failure of our leader, President Barack Obama.”
I was tuned into Limbaugh that day. Limbaugh was reviewing Obama’s policies: the stimulus program, auto bailout, bank takeover, health care, more federal control. Limbaugh wants Obama’s programs to fail because they will make us weaker, not stronger.
Daye’s statement that “... the logic of their loyal listeners is one of blaming their failures on the ‘bad guy’; because, lord knows, their failure is not their fault ...” is laughable. Neither Beck nor Limbaugh are failures, and my guess is that the vast majority of their listeners are not failures.
Does Daye have any basis other than his own bigoted opinion for claiming that those who listen to Beck and Limbaugh represent the “ ... hate filled bigoted fringe of American society?”
DENNIS CARLSON, Olympia
Residents don’t represent entire community
I read with interest the recent story on how a small group of Olympia residents want to limit the nighttime interscholastic athletic activities at Ingersoll Stadium.
These selfish citizens need to realize that they do not determine the extent of activities at a high school stadium. It’s determined by the needs and desires of the community as a whole.
Have these so-called citizens not raised children? Does the so-called disruption of their “dinner parties” take precedence over the 2,000 plus fans and the student athletes playing their hearts out on the Ingersoll turf?
Get over it people. It’s not about you, it’s about the community as a whole.
Enjoy the noise as an indicator that our kids and their parents and friends are part of wholesome, sport competition. It’s what close knit communities do.
And as for those dinner parties, serve the hot dogs and chips at an earlier hour — they’ll taste just as good.
RALPH PADUANO, Olympia
Isn’t it time to ban fireworks?
Every 5th of July, I wake up and rejoice that 1) my house didn’t burn down and 2) my dog didn’t run away or suffer any ailment brought on by the July 4th shenanigans that appear to get worse every year.
Why are fireworks even legal anymore?
The number of injuries sustained by the foolhardy folks that subject us to this nightmare every Fourth of July climbs every year. So do the number of homes destroyed by stray bottle rockets. It is a heartbreaking thing to see.
However, in all of this, it is our pets that suffer unfairly. They run away, get hit by cars, hide, crash into walls with fear, howl, soil themselves and just basically flip out.
There are plenty of places to see fireworks displays that are put on by professional pyrotechnicians, not your neighbor’s 15 year old with a penchant for mischief — such as shooting them at harmless creatures like ducks or birds or worse, at other humans.
We are having an incredibly dry summer, yet folks still feel that it is their right to subject homeowners and pet lovers to this dangerous nightmare, without any consideration of the consequences.
I realize that not everyone is irresponsible in their use of fireworks but shouldn’t we ask ourselves this important question: “Is it really worth it?”
I don’t think it is. And neither does my dog.
MARILYN TURNBOW, Olympia
Deed restrictions tear holes in community
The Olympian recently provided an update on the continuing decline of the former Olympia Brewery site.
The story mentioned that Miller sold the property with a deed restriction that prohibits future beer brewing at the site. Such a restriction would be pointless if Miller closed the brewery because the site is no longer viable.
But the brewery made money until 2003, when Miller was bought by a foreign-owned beverage conglomerate that wanted Miller’s distribution network. The conglomerate closed the brewery, sold the lot and restricted the deed because it did not want competition.
Safeway applied the same rationale when it closed its downtown Olympia store and stipulated that no one else could run a grocery store there. Such deed restrictions tear holes into the fabric of our community.
The brewery closure hurt families, economic activity, the employment base, tax revenues, and perhaps values of surrounding properties. Similar drinks from elsewhere replaced local beer, adding cost and pollution.
Safeway’s restriction caused an intact and viable grocery store building to be torn down. Patrons who could walk to shop there now must drive elsewhere. These outcomes counteract our community’s efforts to live well and sustainably by using our resources frugally and efficiently.
Deed restrictions that prohibit future use of a property for its prior purpose are anticompetitive, anti-free market, anti-sustainable, and destructive to the health and wealth of local communities. They should be outlawed.
I call on our leaders to make that happen locally and throughout the state.
MICHAEL POLENZ, Olympia