Change museum’s name
Olympia’s popular children’s attraction should be retitled Children’s Hands-on Museum — with or without the hyphen.
To continue to call it the Hands on Children’s Museum is confusing and suggests an attraction for pedophiles.
I hope to goodness this title is corrected — preferably immediately — and definitely before another facility is built.
On request, I have contributed funds to support this museum, which my grandchildren, their friends and parents have enjoyed. But for years I’ve felt strongly that its title is confusing and should be changed — for clarity and in the best interests of the children.
I’m finally expressing myself on this matter, with wishes for all the best!
GRETCHEN CHRISTOPHER MATZEN, Olympia
Atmosphere in prison is poisonous
Correctional centers, reformatories, and penitentiaries give the expectation of imminent improvement in the attitude and the actions of those who are confined there. One might expect that they would leave there corrected, reformed and/or penitent.
It seems that the opposite is really the truth.
The behavior that is consistently and expertly taught in prison today is damaging to the incarcerated as well as to society and the communities to which they will return one day. The current prison environment and its conditions force people to adopt uncivilized survival methods which they will naturally take back to the community thereby perpetrating dysfunctional, antisocial behavior.
Contrary to many beliefs, most incarcerated people want to be productive, responsible members of society but often lack the ability to correct their problems. Many are intelligent but do not know how to utilize or direct their talents in a positive manner. If they receive no education or training to correct these faults while in prison, they will return.
The solution should come in educational programs that will change the environment and allow the incarcerated to take positive steps forward. Since humans naturally adapt to their environment, most will adapt and conform readily.
CHLOE BELL, Olympia
Time for a change in leadership
Has anyone noticed that Thurston County landfill rate has gone up this year from $80 per ton to $110 per ton?
This was quietly snuck into your waste disposal bill this month. What is amazing is that this increase of 25 percent bears no relationship to any associated increase in cost of rendering the service.
In spite of the fact that the whole state of Washington, indeed the nation, is feeling the pinch of the economic downturn, Thurston County is flying high on a 6 percent to 7 percent pay raise for everyone, superb benefits, few layoffs and a general sense that all is well with the world.
It does take a good county assessor to figure out how to increase property taxes when property values have been in free fall for over two years. It takes creativity in revenue generation to increase rates for essential services without a public hearing.
Perhaps it is time for a change in our leadership.
ANTHONY DE SAM LAZARO, Olympia
Where’s the representation?
We need election reform.
Let’s face it, our state and federal governments have been taken over by the wealthy corporations, and our Supreme Court’s recent ruling hasn’t helped one bit. It is like our elected representatives just don’t get why we elected them.
As an example of this kind of traitorous reasoning, lets look at how our elected officials are responding to calls of election reform.
As for a vote on the Fair Elections Now Act, we have a no participation — not a peep — from Reps. Jay Inslee, Rick Larsen, Brian Baird, Doc Hastings, Cathy Rodgers, Norm Dicks and Dave Reichert. All of these, your elected representatives, do not think that election reform is important enough to even vote on!
Great work, people!
Consider the horrible political environment that the banks and big businesses have constructed because of these people’s lack of political will.
You have almost no health care, everyone’s on welfare, and where are the jobs?
You are not being represented, people. You are being deceived and driven into debt and bankruptcy.
Now that is representation. Wow.
WILLIAM W. HAYWOOD, Centralia
System failed murder victim
The murder of Jennifer Paulson is a horrific reminder of the failure of the legal system to protect crime victims.
Her accused killer, Jed Waits, was allowed to terrorize Paulson for over two years. The anti- harassment court order meant nothing to Waits. When he was finally arrested and jailed, his constitutional rights enabled him to walk free and then kill Paulson.
While enabling Waits to kill Paulson, the legal system did nothing to protect her. The current system lets killers like Waits free to spew their horror upon their victims at will.
The law enforcement action taken against Jed Waits clearly shows how fortunate we are to have men and women, who will, for a small salary, put on a badge and vest and stand face-to-face in mortal combat against the ilk of Waits to protect us.
It is not the judges or public defenders who stand between deranged murderers and those who live by the law and aspire to be productive citizens.
JOE WINKLER, Olympia