Capitol Lake is an asset
Keep Capitol Lake, but use it as a community asset.
There are many possibilities — more boat racing, sailboat training, rowing, canoe and kayak racing.
Let the chambers and the visitor and convention bureau use their imaginations on how to use Capitol Lake to bring more activity to Olympia.
Capitol Lake is an asset we all can enjoy.
BILL MCLAUGHLIN, Tumwater
Pick a job and stick with it
I write regarding Joe Hyer’s arrest.
I liked what Sam Miller told KIRO News in their man on the street interview: “If you’re going to sell pot, sell pot. If you’re going to be on the City Council, be on the City Council. But don’t do both; pick one job and stick with it!”
No wonder the majority of the public are cynical and consider politicians to be a bunch of hypocrites.
MARY SOEHNLEN, Lacey
Is this a mindless act of sensationalism
I am writing regarding the arrest of Councilman and businessman Joe Hyer and The Olympian’s featuring a full photo of his house with address as part of a front page article on Feb. 20.
What does the full identification of this man’s home have to do with the accusation of his involvement in selling marijuana? Are you wanting to make sure he gets harassed as much as possible by righteous adversaries? Or is it just another mindless act of sensationalism?
Our nemesis here is not the use or sale of an organic product known to be far less dangerous than alcohol. The nemesis of a healthy society is a media that ignores common decency by invading the privacy of a citizen who was careless enough to take the bait and got caught with something that should have been legalized years ago.
CAROLYN STREET LAFOND, Olympia
Joe Hyer must go
Joe Hyer must resign.
Hyer’s supporters have to realize that there are still people who live in Olympia that want to hold people accountable for their actions.
I also wonder how many tax-free dollars Hyer has made?
ED LEITGEB, Olympia
Comparing tobacco and marijuana
Marijuana. Tobacco. Both plants. The leaves of each can be rolled up and ingested by smoking.
In the case of one, nicotine is added to make the delivery method addictive, which also has been shown to cause lung cancer, emphysema, smell bad and kill you.
The other one has several well-documented beneficial effects. Among these are: The amelioration of nausea and vomiting, stimulation of hunger in chemotherapy and AIDS patients, lowered intraocular eye pressure (shown to be effective for treating glaucoma), as well as general analgesic effects (pain reliever).
Guess which one the people of the United States have decided, according to federal law, is illegal.
I guess some folks are grateful for the wisdom coming from our courts, lawyers and federal Department of Justice. Were it not for their guidance people might actually think marijuana was helpful and cigarettes unhealthy.
Glad they cleared that up for us!
TERRENCE ZANDER, Olympia
Third parties are destined to fail
The Valentine’s Day editorial cartoon — teapot voices simultaneously spouting — was a holiday gift to those of us who yearn for constructive political discourse.
Our nation will gain nothing from the teapot tax protesters, Obama haters, NRA fanatics, Sarah Palin groupies, birthers and Congress members who won’t legislate.
These sign-waiving, slogan shouting protesters like to think of themselves as change agents. They want something done (or something undone), but don’t know how to achieve it in an orderly manner.
They are too busy complaining to understand that historically third-party efforts like theirs all have failed and faded away. This brand of political activity began with the Quiddists in the Jefferson presidency and has been followed by such groups as the Know-Nothings, Mugwumps, Bull Moose Party and Free-Soilers, to name just a few.
The cartoon and Leonard Pitts’ parody in support of a Sarah Palin presidency made it a banner week.
GIL CARBONE, Olympia
Littlerock Road is vastly improved
I live in a neighborhood completely dependent on Littlerock Road for an entrance and exit, and I want to thank Tumwater for a job well done with ongoing road improvements.
Littlerock Road is starting to look like a boulevard in a prosperous community instead of a neglected country blacktop.
The improvements also are practical.
Instead of waiting for traffic to clear for a left turn out of my neighborhood — this could be a long wait sometimes — I can now move out quickly to the right because of the median. Instead of waiting and waiting at the Israel Road traffic light, everything moves right along thanks to the traffic circle.
I no longer feel like I am taking my life in my hands walking on the gravel shoulder or crossing the street. The new median, sidewalks, streetlights and planted buffer areas encourage pedestrian traffic, and the cars don’t seem to go quite as fast.
Thanks for the investment in our part of town. I can’t wait to see the new trees bloom this spring.
KATE LAVERENTS, Tumwater