How many times do we throw the bums out?
We hear a lot these days from citizens who want to throw the bums out by voting for the opposing political party.
I wonder if they have really given thought to the effectiveness of their plan.
One of the biggest setbacks of our era is the two-party system. Whichever party is in power, the other party makes it their primary focus to stall, accuse, antagonize, belittle and hate them. Very little regard is given to the people they represent or the current crisis at hand.
It’s all about the party. Their energies go into fighting the other party rather than working to repair our broken nation. If you think your party doesn’t do this then you need take a closer and perhaps more honest look.
Voting for the other party does nothing but flip-flop the “bums.”
This country is never going to heal itself until the voters strip away these two parties completely and vote in candidates who have no affiliation with any party, person or corporation and are free to actually represent the people.
How many times have we voted some new, fresh and uncorrupted candidate into office only to have them stymied until they agree to play ball with the good ol’ boys and stop meddling with the status quo.
I do not believe our usual house cleaning is in the best interest of our country. We need to build a new house – from the ground up.
Vote smart, not angry.
JANIS STEVENSON; Tumwater
Contribution helped land stimulus funding
I’m a grassroots Democratic candidate for the state Legislature (District 22). The Olympian recently printed a letter from one of my opponent’s supporters that really missed the facts.
It’s true that I, as a volunteer on behalf of the Thurston Climate Action Team, asked the Tumwater City Council to support an innovative energy conservation program. We won their support, along with that of Olympia, Lacey, the county, the Chamber of Commerce, and environmental groups – an amazing coalition. Their support led to Thurston County winning $1.5 million in federal stimulus funds.
It’s completely false that I made a nickel off this. I was a volunteer, like everyone at TCAT. All funds went to TCAT’s fiscal agent, the Thurston County Economic Development Council, as their records will show.
My opponent’s friend claims Tumwater wasted its $2,500 contribution.
Far from it. With Tumwater’s help, the grants TCAT wrote won the county $1.5 million in federal funds – money that is already bringing us local jobs while cutting people’s energy bills – and helping protect the planet.
Instead of a waste, I’d call that one of the best investments Tumwater has ever made. I know the four Tumwater City Council members who have endorsed my campaign agree.
People who want to know more should read The Olympian’s June 1 article on the Thurston Energy program (www.theolympian.com/2010/06/01/1256595/incentives-to-repair-that-leaky.html) or go to thurstonenergy.org.
STEW HENDERSON, Olympia
Time to focus on pedestrian walkways
I’ve received e-mails recently asking me to support a new domestic clean-energy industry. I understand that if we don’t transition off of oil, the next disaster is just a matter of time. I also understand that we are reaching the end of the Earth’s oil reserves.
However, I’m not convinced that biodiesel, nuclear, tidal or any other “clean energy” is going to allow us to continue to use 6,000-pound vehicles to carry our 150-pound bodies across the neighborhood to get a latte.
I believe it is time to begin intentionally shifting our planning emphasis from cars to pedestrian and bicycle transportation.
The city of Olympia is currently reviewing our comprehensive plan. There are simple changes to start with, such as not planting trees in the middle of the sidewalk along Harrison, or not having the snowplow bury the sidewalks during each snowstorm.
Now is the time to begin our transition to a community where riding a bike or taking the heel-toe express is a safe and comfortable way to move around Olympia.
CLARK GILMAN, Olympia