Shouldn’t City Council have say in next police chief?
I write in response to the recent announcement about the retirement of the police chief, Gary Michel.
I have no comment on his accomplishments except for the fact that this week is the first time I can recall seeing his name in the paper or even hearing anything about him.
The reason I write this letter to the editor is because I am appalled that our City Council has no authority in his replacement.
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The people of Olympia elected the City Council to run our city, and yet on such an important decision, City Manager Steve Hall says the council will have “no” authority to approve or ratify the chief’s replacement.
Maybe, it is time the City Council becomes more involved in decision making involving our city.
JOHN M. DOYLE; Olympia
Too many applicants and too few jobs
Many unemployed people are looked upon by members of Congress as undeserving of any further unemployment payments for their refusals to accept entry-level or minimum wage jobs.
Is there a way of gathering information on the unemployed and putting it together with the jobs available? Could there be a way for people who want to further their education be helped with tuition and receive money to live on while getting prepared for the fields where the most people are needed?
Can facts be gathered to determine if there are, indeed, entry-level and minimum-wage jobs that are not being filled, or are there too many applicants for each opening?
It seems to me that more facts are needed, and it would be nice if faces could be seen to humanize the numbers of people who are struggling. It is almost as though some of our representatives in Washington, D.C., are pushing state governments to take over the care of the people, and are deliberately breaking the federal government.
I believe our federal government needs to protect us against predatory corporations and their lackeys.
VICTORIA S. BOWEN; Yelm
State workers should be thankful for jobs
I was real happy to see that state workers are not getting off the hook at the moment.
Ten furlough days off within the year is not so bad as the seven months and counting that people who don’t work for the state are suffering with this year.
Last year, we were a family of four with three jobs. This year we are a family of four with one job.
I think state workers should stop whining and just be happy they have jobs.
GIGI FISHER; Oakville
Karen Valenzuela has what it takes
I’m writing to encourage my fellow readers to vote for Karen Valenzuela for Thurston County commissioner.
She is a veteran public servant and has the right vision for the future of Thurston County.
Following her appointment, Valenzuela took charge. In her year-and-a-half of tenure, she has worked to balance our county’s budget while maintaining a healthy reserve and minimized shedding jobs. She worked to maintain our county’s natural resources, and helped bring over a million dollars in federal grants that will be used to promote energy efficiency in our neighborhoods and create jobs along the way.
She has got what it takes to help make Thurston County a better place, and that’s why I’m voting for Karen Valenzuela.
IAN CRINEAN; Tumwater
Science supports estuary restoration
So, now there’s a group, clearly made up of those who feel threatened by a restored Deschutes estuary, who make unsubstantiated claims about how cheap dredging is, speak for the rest of us taxpayers that the state should kick in half the money and seem to have the ear of the new director of General Administration to perpetuate the fallacy of a gleaming Capitol Lake.
As director of science, I challenge the Capitol Lake Improvement and Protection Association to show their work to the same level of detail that the Deschutes estuary feasibility study was conducted. This study led to overwhelming support for estuary restoration by the Capitol Lake Adaptive Management Plan Committee and the state natural resource agencies.
As a science-based organization, People For Puget Sound monitored the study and upon completion also endorsed estuary restoration among our members and the public.
I challenge CLIPA to demonstrate how the expenditure of $4.5 million of taxpayer’s money in a financial crisis will have any positive impact on the long-term water quality of Budd Inlet. Demonstrate how this would address the ongoing invasive species infestations in the lake. Demonstrate how maintaining this lake as a sediment trap for their marina addresses the vulnerability our state capitol has to sea level rise. Demonstrate how this plan fits into the shared strategy for salmon recovery or the Puget Sound action agenda to restore Puget Sound or any other scientifically supported management plan for that matter.
Science supports estuary restoration. Won’t you?
DOUG MYERS; Olympia