Not voting for Chris Reykdal
As I inform myself on who I’m going to vote for this year, I can tell I am not voting for Chris Reykdal. After reading his website, his views are out of touch with our community.
First, he supports cap-and-trade legislation.
Talk about a scam. If I’m a polluter, I can just buy pieces of paper that assure me environmentalists are planting trees for me somewhere to offset my carbon footprint. I think I’d be better off handing it off to the guys who ran Enron.
Also, what are green-energy jobs? According to Stew Henderson, using grant money to subsidize their favorite contractor is a green job. How would Reykdal describe one? I haven’t heard it yet.
Then he talks about economy and taxes. What does he mean by “tax fairness first and then revenue adequacy?” It’s more important to soak the rich than to balance the budget? Also, he keeps talking about “revenue reform.” We know he means an income tax. Right there, you’re disqualified.
Reykdal’s wackiest ideas are on election reform.
We already don’t have enough information on our candidates, and Reykdal wants to shorten the election season?
On the initiative process, what does he mean by “bring greater accountability to those who seek to slash critical state programs?” Does Reykdal think that it’s wrong for voters to tell their lawmakers, essentially employees, how much money they get? He’s just another one who will throw out the voice of the people so they can raise taxes again.
NORMAN SHAWE; Olympia
Men refuse to take care of themselves
A guy at my gym — an unpretentious sort, who probably grew up in Elma, Yelm or Olympia — is killing himself.
A year ago, I noticed him limp in and grin when his weight-lifting friends caught sight of him and cheered. A smashed car or crashed bike, I thought.
But no, brawny and 40-something, he had suffered a stroke.
It hit him about noon, but he didn’t go to the ER until midnight. By then he couldn’t “shake it off” — or walk — and finally let his girlfriend drag him in.
The usual mix of genetics, sedentary lifestyle and fast-food diet caused it, and today there are things he can’t or shouldn’t do anymore — like weight-lifting.
Doctors told him the spike in blood pressure could kill him, so he quit lifting — for a while. Now he’s back at it, working on pressing 405.
It’s stupid, but not uncommon. Men recklessly push themselves, neglect or mistreat their bodies, and wear any scars with a certain pride.
Preventative care seems a weakness and death seems preferable to a doctor visit.
Not surprisingly, men die prematurely.
But progress can be made. The death rate for Washington men in 1999 was 989 per 100,000; by 2008 it had dropped to 860. Yet, women’s 1999 rate was 692, and by 2008 it had fallen to 620.
Imagine if those sex-specific rates were reversed.
I’m reminded of this because “men’s health week” came and went again this June. And again it passed unnoticed.
JOE CAMPO; Olympia
Republicans bow to big oil
The Republicans in the Congress of the United States must be remembering what Paul Joseph Goebbels, Reich minister of propaganda for Nazi Germany, said: “If you hammer on a topic long enough and hard enough, people will start believing it.”
These members of Congress are dwelling upon taxes and excess spending. They hammer away at it day after day. They look back to the days of their hero — Ronald Reagan. They may actually believe all of the nonsense they speak about.
It seems to me that the GOP (read Grabbing of Power) are putting out a smokescreen to cover up their real motive. That is, to scrap the Constitution of the United States to bow down to their god — big oil, corporate power. If you doubt this, ask yourself, “Why do they seek lower taxes and deregulation?”
In closing, I wish to point out three disasters: the bridge over the Tacoma Narrows (Galloping Gertie), the collapse of an elevated walkway in the Hyatt Regency in Kansas City, Mo., and last, but not least, the BP leak in the Gulf of Mexico.
These are examples of greed and inept management, if not criminal actions.
There seem to be members in the United States Congress who would seek to whitewash the BP drilling episode. The CEO of BP declares that he is devastated by the tragedy, yet, when it comes down to taking responsibility for the action, he refuses to do so.
Is this not once more an example of British arrogance?
OTTO W. WALTER; Olympia