Oppose expansion of nuclear industry
Remember Washington Public Power Supply System (WPPS)? This is much worse. Billions for nukes is on its way. The House Appropriations Committee is debating the FY 2011 energy and water funding bill.
It is fundamentally irresponsible for the Department of Energy to seek funding for new nuclear reactor loans in this bill — an absolutely shocking $36 billion increase for construction of new reactors. That’s our hard earned money that would go to the wealthiest companies in the world like Electricite de France, Toshiba and General Electric.
These loan guarantees are actually taxpayer loans from the federal financing bank. This is no time to shell out billions more taxpayer dollars to benefit one special interest industry. Oh, remember, we are presently in an environmental catastrophe. Somehow, some way, those billions spent by BP will be recouped from us and you know it. The judge tied to oil recently struck down an oil drilling moratorium while over a million gallons leaks into the Gulf of Mexico. How green and climate sensitive is that?
One more nuclear accident is more than I care to risk. Write your members of Congress, Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray and tell them to oppose this obscene expenditure and demand accountability for the nuclear industry including the cleanup of Hanford.
We must find permanent, low-impact, environmentally responsible sources. Nuclear power that devastate native lands, unknown waste disposal issues, and regular vast cost overruns are not the answer. Trojan was shut down for good reason.
John Kersting, Olympia
Take the bus to Sea-Tac airport
It is not often that a citizen will take the time to publicly praise the public mass transit system, but it is important to give credit where credit is due.
I recently had the opportunity to fly to the East Coast due to familial obligations. As many folks do in such cases, I used the services of a local shuttle service. The service from Olympia to Seattle International Airport cost $40 and as in the past, the trip took approximately two hours due to many stops in out-of-the-way neighborhoods.
On my return, I decided to try the public transportation option. The total fare from Sea-Tac to Olympia was a mere $5 with one connection at Lakewood.
The time involved compared very favorably to the private shuttle service and the seat/ride was noticeably superior.
It was the best $5 ride I’ve ever taken.
From now on, I will happily make use of this valuable local public resource and urge others to do likewise.
Normand La Riviere, Olympia
It isn't always about the amount of the grant
While doing my voter homework, my attention was caught by Stew Henderson’s (candidate for the 22nd Legislative District) June 20, letter to the editor. It was his response to a June 15 letter, which questioned the use of money for a Thurston Energy program.
In his campaign literature, Stew Henderson states “one of my proudest accomplishments” is in helping to write a grant to obtain a $1.5 million of federal stimulus money for the Thurston Energy program.
I looked at the websites Henderson suggested, and I discovered something amazing. This $1.5 million grant is for the purpose of subsidizing energy audits, which homeowners can get by paying $95. Thurston Energy hopes that it can ramp up this service to perform as many as 40 audits per month.
I did the math. If this program continues for the planned two years, and can find 40 participants per month, taxpayers will be paying more than $1,500 to subsidize each of the $95 audits.
Wow. I wonder what $1,500, or more, per appointment buys for Thurston residents.
One last point: Leadership isn’t just about getting money, particularly now; it is about what the taxpayers get when the money is spent. If Stew Henderson and Thurston Energy just handed each applicant $400 then they could have the same audit done privately, and they could keep their $95.
That would leave $1,056,000 in grant money unspent and available for other uses — for example, actual weatherization improvements.
John Kingsbury, Olympia
Too many missing people
Recently there was another search for Lindsey Baum. We would all like to know where Lindsey is.
Nancy Moyer, from Tenino, disappeared a few weeks before Lindsey Baum disappeared in McCleary.
Are the cases related? Is one person more important than the other?
Now a boy from Portland is missing.
What’s going on?
Rose Brownfield, Rochester