Palin should have been named cleanup czar
President Barack Obama missed the opportunity of a lifetime.
When the oil well blew out in the Gulf, Obama could have turned the world around.
He wants to be known as a uniter. He stated he wanted to change the way politics was played in Washington, D.C. He had his chance.
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All he would have had to do on Day 2 of the blowout was go on TV and make the following speech:
“My fellow Americans, we are facing a catastrophe of biblical proportions. Many hundreds of miles of beaches are going to be gummed up with crude oil. Birds and fish alike are going to die due to this mess. So, I have decided to reach across the aisle in a bipartisan move to bring this crisis to a halt.
“I am asking former Gov. Sarah Palin to take a temporary post as clean-up czar for this mess. With her passion for doing the right thing, and her astonishing record for confronting the large oil companies (and winning), I am confident she can do it again.”
Problem solved. Palin would have to put up or shut up, and she would win. She would have twisted the arms of BP to get the supertankers in to suction the oil while the relief well is drilled.
It’s a win-win. Obama can make speeches (something he is passing good at), and Palin can fix the mess (something at which she excels).
And the American people would get the best of both worlds.
SHAN GILL; Olympia
Don’t cap Cascade Pole site just yet
This letter respectfully requests the Department of Ecology and the Port of Olympia delay the plan to use asphalt to cap the contaminated site at the north end of the port peninsula until there is an adequate public process to determine the end use of this piece of public property.
The choice of capping materials determines the final use for this area with its spectacular view of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.
Two-thirds of respondents in the most recent survey of public opinion done by the Port of Olympia had multiple suggestions for public use of the north end. A protective vegetative cap, such as used in Seattle’s GasWorks, is more consistent with the type of use desired by the public than the currently planned asphalt cap, future parking lot and hotel.
After many decades and millions of taxpayer dollars the project to contain the toxic substances from Cascade Pole is close to completion. Meaningful public participation is essential to the successful outcome of this lengthy and costly process.
Because taxpayers have paid almost the entire cost of the containment, the end use of this publicly-owned property needs to be consistent with the values and desires of the community. By engaging in an effective public process which influences the final use of the north end of the peninsula, the port will demonstrate its respect for the taxpayers and residents who supported and paid for the containment.
RACHEL NEWMANN; Olympia
Students spend too much time on the mundane
I am glad that Capital High is keeping its rigorous international baccalaureate program.
But if the Olympia School District wants more students in IB courses, it is not the teachers that need to work harder. It is the administration that needs to get its act together.
The international baccalaureate kids spend too much time fulfilling unnecessary requirements. Any IB student who applies to college (and they all do) should be able to skip the high school and beyond paper and the navigation portfolio.
Any international baccalaureate kid who writes a 4,000-word extended essay should skip the culminating project, including its proposal, diary, bibliography and reflection.
Any student in the district who plays on a district sports team should automatically earn a physical education credit. Any student who takes 70 hours of private music or dance lessons should earn an art credit.
The students have their lives cluttered by too much administrative repetition. Some students can’t imagine taking an advanced course when just plowing through the mundane and multiple requirements are already such a headache.
Allowing international baccalaureate students to focus on learning would boost enrollment significantly.
ELLEN RICE; Olympia
Other than showing up every few years to lose an election, has Dino Rossi actually done anything lately?
ROBERT MARRA; Tumwater