Costs outweigh the benefits
Olympic Region Clean Air Agency’s own website tells you how unhealthy diesel exhaust is to us.
And I quote, “Diesel exhaust comprises a toxic cocktail of pollutants, one of the primary sources of concern for human health is fine particulate matter (P.M. 2.5 — or particulate matter smaller than 2.5 microns in diameter). Some studies estimate that 78 percent of the potential cancer risk from exposure to outdoor air toxics is directly attributable to P.M. 2.5. Other health problems linked to P.M. 2.5 include heart disease, asthma, chronic bronchitis and lung disorders.”
We don’t need to add to this problem. Adding an Adage incinerator to Shelton will affect the surrounding area. Adage will exhaust plenty of additional particulate matter 2.5 and other pollutants. Then you add 100 additional diesel truck round trips, then you have diesel trucks hauling away the waste product. This all adds to the particulate matter 2.5 levels plus increased levels of other pollutants. How much can the body take in and be healthy?
What will Shelton gain?
Nothing but wear and tear on our infrastructure that we the taxpayer will have to pay and then the increased pollution will be sickly if not deadly. Putting an incinerator next to the ball park where children play and are more vulnerable is a shame.
Mason County health is rated 37 of 39 Washington counties. Just add Adage and have a race to the bottom.
Twenty-five new jobs will not cover the cost to the community.
ROGER NEWMAN, Shelton
Do as I say, not as I do
A recent letter to the editor by a reader who described himself as a “born again tea party person” was stunning. The gentleman said millions of tea party people are refusing to accept Social Security and Medicare benefits from the federal government.
Huh? Who? Where is the evidence that millions of tea party supporters have returned and/or refused these entitlements? Where can these statistics be found? Is there a link?
In addition, another statement from the writer was that Sarah Palin’s parents would never accept Medicare or Social Security money.
Actually, Sarah Palin has openly discussed “slipping across the Canadian border to get health care for my brother” when she was a child. Sounds like her parents were happy to accept Medicare assistance when Sarah and her brother were growing up.
And court documents filed Feb. l6, in a child custody hearing revealed that Sarah Palin’s grandson, Tripp is now enrolled in a government run health insurance program. He is a member of the Curyung Tribal Council and eligible for health insurance through the Indian Health Services of Alaska.
Tripp is enrolled in a socialist, government-run program today. He is not on private insurance.
It sounds like both Sarah Palin and her parents are perfectly content to utilize socialist health care for themselves. But somehow it’s wrong for everyone else.
MAUREEN FARR, Olympia
Times have changed
It is time to amend the federal statute that brought us the posse comitatus. The statute bars the use of the military to defend our borders. 18 U.S.C. Sec. 1385 was passed in 1878 effectively ending the 10 year military occupation of the south.
That was then. Now is now. A few things have changed since 1878 and it’s about time our politicians recognized that fact.
Please note, I said politicians, not Democrats, not Republicans, not tea party supporters, not crazies, but politicians — period. In the immortal words of George Wallace, “They’re all the same. You can’t tell a dime’s worth of difference.”
It appears to me pure insanity that we can send our troops half way around the world to defend someone else’s border but our laws prohibit us from doing the same at home. It just doesn’t make sense.
It’s time to correct the situation.
TERRELL CRAWFORD, Tumwater