It’s time for a county fireworks ban
The 2009 July Fourth celebration is now passed. At 2 a.m. on the 5th, the firing off of fireworks continued, although not at the earlier frequency.
My pets and I suspect the local wild animals still are hunkered down, having been thoroughly scared out of their wits. I’m left wondering what happened to that mother deer and her spotted twin fawns who were browsing through my property a day earlier.
Living on a lake waterfront in Thurston County is not a pleasant place to be on July Fourth. Large groups of picnicking celebrants gather lakeside to fire off their illegal fireworks. Some fireworks miss expending themselves over the water and instead land in grassy and wooded areas or on top of building roofs. Those that land in the water remain to contaminate and poison the water with perchlorates (www.physorg.com/news99672229.html), many times above normal even months after the event — very unhealthy for humans, fish and wildlife.
In view of the damage to human life and limb, the terrorizing of domestic and wild creatures, and the fires that threaten properties and keep our fire and police departments on constant alert trying to protect life and property, isn’t it about time our county commissioners step up and follow the city of Lacey’s lead in putting a stop to this annual insanity?
Let’s leave the fireworks displays to professional pyrotechnicians with emergency fire and medical personnel in attendance.
JACQUELYNN BUCKNELL, Olympia
Other nations have better health care
I just read the article about European health care costs. In my reading it was a negative article.
A few minutes on the Internet showed me that the United States is number 37 in health care quality and number 2 in cost.
All of Europe (Canada and Japan too if you care) provides better health care for all of its citizens at far less cost.
In the United States, the health care system is a profit center for some. Profits guide everything here.
ROB MILROY, Shelton
Valenzuela has proven her ability
Karen Valenzuela’s effective service on the Tumwater City Council made her a great choice to fill an unexpired term on the Thurston County Board of County Commissioners. Now she is running for her own election.
Valenzuela came onto the board at a really difficult time. The county was experiencing loss of tax revenue just when residents needed more services. She demonstrated a willing toughness to balance needs with the reality of the county’s financial situation.
When a neighbor raised questions about county road work in our neighborhood, Valenzuela appeared with the county responder to see for herself what the problem was. She isn’t someone to leave all fact finding to staff.
Valenzuela will insist on performance audits with consequences, freeze salaries (including her own) and seek to maximize federal and state stimulus resources while working for regulations that require growth to pay for itself.
Valenzuela understands our need to preserve farmland and to strengthen land use regulations that will support smart growth. Working with other Thurston County jurisdictions, we can have the best of planned economic development to restore and retain our environment and natural resources.
Karen Valenzuela is my choice to take Thurston County beyond the morass of these difficult times.
JOLENE UNSOELD, Olympia