Arizona’s immigration law is unjust
Arizona’s unjust and racist law, that President Barack Obama has wisely called “misguided,” making it a crime to be an illegal immigrant in Arizona, must be stopped in its tracks.
Should not these souls that have bravely survived the hazards of entering our county in darkness, crossing deserts, suffering hunger and thirst and sometimes fatal abuse from their own kind, be entitled to the same constitutional protections as legitimate American citizens?
We should realize that Arizona’s law could spread to other states and, even worse, be applied to other situations, and the first thing you would know it might become illegal to be a criminal in every state in the union.
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Can we afford to let that happen? Our governor should reconvene our Legislature to impose a new tax on groceries and prescription medications to finance legislation and enforcement of a new law making it illegal to identify persons that break our laws as “criminals.”
DAN VAN MECHELEN, Olympia
Oppose proposed incinerator plant
I’ve only been a Mason County resident for four and a half years, so my attachment to the area is not as deep as many others out there, but the more I learn about the proposed ADAGE biomass incinerator project proposed for the Johns Prairie area, the more my hackles go up and my heels dig in.
I want to shake up all the sleepy, complacent individuals who don’t pay attention until it’s too late. If you care anything about this community, if you love anyone who lives here, if you enjoy recreational opportunities here, if you eat food grown here, if you fish in the rivers, lakes and canal, if you own real estate here, (have I covered everyone yet?), if you live or work here, and especially if you are raising a family here, you need to join us in opposing this project.
I am researching the facts, attending meetings and rallies, and cannot yet figure out why anyone would even consider allowing this monster in our community. There are so many negatives and the only positive I’ve seen so far is the possibility of a few jobs. Not that job opportunities are not important, but what good are a few jobs if the community is trashed, our citizens are sick and overtaxed, and our property values plummet? Doesn’t look like any equitable trade-offs to me. An incinerator that size will burn wood faster than we can grow it. What will they burn when the wood runs out — tires?
JOYCE HANNUM, Union
Voters deserve better council members
We Olympians need to start demanding better conduct from our elected officials.
Do we need to look at their salary rates and increase them in hopes of getting better candidates? How about all citizens in Olympia register to the vote and know what each candidate stands for? I think that part of the problem here is that the average mainstream voter is so disillusioned with the choice of candidates Olympia has to offer, they are not turning out for our local elections. This stops good quality mainstream candidates from getting elected.
The antics of both Jeff Kingsbury and Joe Hyer are extremely disappointing. The voters of Olympia really need to pay attention to whom they are electing to their council.
PAMELA KELLY, Olympia
Hate crime is unacceptable
This is in response to the article about the hate crime committed against the Johnson family in Shelton. I was not only shocked and horrified by such an action, but even more so, disgusted that this action took place in Mason County in 2010.
We as a community cannot let this action stand, and must declare that this is not a representation of our community, but that of very hateful and ignorant persons. I personally apologize to the Johnson family, and want to ensure to them that this despicable act is not representative of our community at all.
We supposedly have moved past this shameful point in our national history, where such an action was widely accepted and many times applauded. If we do not speak out against such an action, we condone it, and that is nearly as bad as the action itself.
Speak up, and declare that our community and our sense of selves are better than this. Prove these hateful vandals wrong, and declare that their ignorant and racist actions are not welcome here now or ever.
GREG CASE, Belfair