Blocking intersection breaks the law
This is in response to Sandra Deshaw’s letter, “Police find plenty of fish in barrel.”
Deshaw’s after-Thanksgiving shopping trip is irrelevant, as the intersection she is talking about is blocked most of the time during peak and nonpeak hours. I personally have sat on Black Lake Boulevard and Cooper Point Road through eight light cycles because of this very problem.
I applaud any law enforcement agency that has the time and personnel to ticket all violators of this particular law that is such an easy self fix. To Deshaw — don’t block the intersection (even the day after Thanksgiving)!
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If you remember your driver’s exam, one of the written questions is in fact whether you are allowed to block an intersection, which, in any case, you are not. Deshaw asked for the police to “help solve the problem by providing traffic direction or assistance.” Insert light bulb here — ding. They did and she and 11 others were included in their efforts.
In my humble opinion as a frustrated frequent traveler of Black Lake Boulevard, I say let’s put a traffic camera up, watch how many people are unaware of this law (or choose not to abide by it) and see the revenue generation in this tough budget time add up.
Then maybe store the cash in a barrel!
KEITH CONKLIN, OlympiaWar in Afghanistan is necessary
I just saw “Most Dangerous Man in America,” about Daniel Ellsberg’s release of Pentagon Papers. It reopened the old wound in my soul, when from 1969-74, I wore the uniform of Army medical officer; my brother that of Green Beret.
The issue was whether the American people were entitled to know results of a tax supported study by Rand Corp. that showed that the entire war was a hoax and folly, not that our dead were not heroic, but that their lives and our treasure were wasted — 58,000 of ours 2 million Vietnamese.
This knowledge notwithstanding, in 2002, our nation did it again. Iraq.
Since it isn’t over, I’ll decline to mention numbers. The current administration is striving to redress this wrong.
However, Afghanistan is different. From there, from the Empire of Japan, and the Axis, were launched the only definitive attacks against our country in over 100 years.
That is why we must remain there for now. It won’t be easy; possibly unsuccessful, especially without national unity and sacrifice at home.
It is a pity that this genuine threat was preceded by two massive hoaxes. Every NATO/American casualty there could be preventing an attack on malls or sports events, here or Europe.
LAWRENCE J. HANNA, Olympia
Country needs health care reformIt is time for Congress to bite the bullet.
When I was a child during the Depression, FDR’s groundbreaking legislation brought banking relief and regulation, the FDIC, Social Security, the 40-hour work week, unemployment compensation, workman’s compensation, collective bargaining, etc. to the American public. These enormous improvements were vehemently opposed by big business interests and the Republican party.
These laws made our democracy stronger.
Today, with pending health care reform legislation, we have the greatest opportunity to improve the lives of Americans since FDR.
Too many people are dying because they don’t have access to affordable health care, or are going bankrupt from medical costs even though they have health insurance.
Congress should pass health care reform because it is the right thing to do. Future generations will be thankful forever.
If we lose this fight, the present health care system will bankrupt the nation.
MARK LITCHMAN, Olympia