Machlis is the clear choice for City Council I recently had the opportunity to talk with Olympia City Council member Joan Machlis. I was very impressed with her experience, knowledge and judgment.
While we don’t agree on every issue, I became very confident in her ability to study an issue and make a judgment in the best interests of the city of Olympia. She is untainted by any special interests.
Even after that meeting, I attended two separate forums featuring the City Council candidates.
After those events, I concluded that in my 30 years in Olympia I have never seen such significant distinction between candidates.
Council member Machlis was prepared, thoughtful and capably answered all the questions. Her opponent was completely unprepared (at one point asking the voters to allow her an extended on-thejob training). She was unresponsive to the questions except for her blinded opposition to any development around the downtown isthmus.
Regardless of the positions on the isthmus, this is no time to elect an unprepared, inexperienced individual to our City Council. The significant economic and environmental issues facing our community are too large to turn over to someone who needs a learner permit and training wheels.
I hope the community will recognize what a jewel we have with Joan Machlis and return her to a full term on the Olympia City Council.
Time for a new county commissioner
Once again, the county commissioners have failed to do their job. This time they are refusing to work with Sheriff Dan Kimball to discuss future budget issues and find common ground, I assume because of the pending lawsuit.
Let the lawsuit work itself out. They need to resolve other issues now.
The commissioners are refusing to deal with any budget issues until November, presumably after elections so they don’t lose votes. In the meantime, another 10 deputies have been told they will no longer have a job next year. Yes, Jan. 1, 2010, we will lose another 10 deputies, bringing the total to around 20 in two years.
Approximately one-quarter of the patrol division has been laid off. This means nearly the entire detective division will be moved to patrol. The only follow up on cases will be done by patrol deputies, when they have time.
This only increases the danger for the deputies, as they are now working in an increasingly dangerous work conditions, let alone the nature of the job. When a deputy in Rochester has to wait 20 minutes for a partner before going to a domestic violence call people will be hurt and/or killed.
Remember Thurston County has less than .64 deputies per 1,000 residents — the lowest in the ENTIRE state and that was with the 10 deputies!
Two of our commissioners were elected, the third picked by the governor because the first two cannot make decisions.
It is clear it is time for new commissioners.
Longshore workers rally behind Davis
As usual Anne Buck’s letter to the editor misrepresented the facts concerning port commission candidate Jeff Davis and his supporters. Buck and members of the Carnegie Group — or what ever they are calling themselves these days as they are constantly changing their group’s name to stay ahead of the people that expose them for what they are — are anti-growth, anti-tax, anti-jobs and anti-labor. The truth is the people supporting Davis are members of the longshoremen’s and other unions and hard-working people that share Davis’ vision of a port that is an economic engine that creates family wage jobs with good benefits, and supports economic growth and protects the environment. And the maritime interests that has Buck all up in arms, are nothing more than brothers and sisters of the ILWU that have no vested interest, except the satisfaction of helping a fellow laborer run for public office and serve his community.
So what’s next for Buck and the Carnegie Group? I predict the voters of Thurston County will soon receive campaign mailings, sponsored by these individuals that totally distort, malign and misrepresent Davis’ character and positions. This isn’t a tough prediction too make, as it is their modus operandi. They did it in the primary and have done it in past elections. I’m a proud union member supporting Jeff Davis for port commissioner. A vote for Davis is a vote for the hard working men and women of Thurston County.
Cut elected officials’ pay in half
Much has been said and done about the current money problems. In Thurston County, the commissioners continue to cut services but all elected officials continue to draw 100 percent of their pay. The three commissioners draw over $100,000 a year. They say the salary survey says how much the elected officials are to be paid. Why do these commissioners continue to draw 100 percent of their pay? The budget should only fund 50 percent of county elected officials’ pay. Using the pay of the commissioners, this would be a savings of more than $150,000. If the commissioners cut the funding of elected officials’ pay, they could save the county close to $1 million. Why should the elected officials enjoy full pay and benefits when they are laying off people, cutting services, and unemployment is close to 10 percent? These elected officials should be able to live on 50 percent pay cut. Gov. Chris Gregoire should take note of this, too. The 50 percent pay formula should apply to all state elected officials. JOHN PERRY, Olympia