Editorials

Letters to the Editor for July 27

Today’s judges would free war criminals

No matter which side a person is on concerning abortion, the historically blind reasoning behind the overturning of the Plan B ruling of a lower court judge in the case of an Olympia pharmacy is stunning.

The rationale for overturning a lower court makes every World War II soldier a murderer. My older cousins and uncles fought to bring the Nazi war criminals to justice at Nuremberg. The criminals claimed they just followed orders or obeyed the law. The court rejected it as a defense. The judges stated that moral conscience trumps military orders or civil laws.

Now the three-judge Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel, in essence stated in their ruling the store owner could not use a conscience clause to avoid obeying a civil law. The Nazi officers and officials could not use the “following orders” excuse at Nuremberg and were imprisoned or executed. With the thinking of the appellate court, it appears that Nuremberg judges were wrong.

Logically, today with the legal philosophy of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the executions were illegal.

Under the new interpretations by the court, the Nazi officers would be innocent because they must follow the law. This also logically makes all who participated in the primacy of conscience legal philosophy ruling, both judges and soldiers, accessories to murder of the innocent Nazi party officers.

Don’t law schools teach history and law and logic to those seeking a degree?

JERRY RIEDINGER

Lacey

Don’t believe global warming hype

Is global warming caused by burning hydrocarbons? There seems to be two sides of the issue.

Here’s part of what I’ve been reading about politicians:

1) The Environmental Protection Agency is now being accused of cooking the books by manipulating the science that CO2 endangers public health and welfare.

2) When challenged, Al Gore asserts those who disagree with him believe the moon landings were faked.

3) Al Gore in 2007 joined the venture capital group Perkins Caufield and Byers who invested half a billion in companies that benefit from cap and trade legislation.

4) House Agriculture Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., will not support climate legislation because he has lost faith in the EPA.

On the other hand, a paper by Dr. Arthur B. Robinson (founder of the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine) reviews research literature concerning the effects of increased levels of CO2 in the atmosphere. His findings:

1) The sea temperature in the Sargasso Sea is a bit below the last 3,000 year average.

2) Arctic air temperature has been up and down over the centuries following the sun’s output, and is up 1/2 degree in the last century.

3) The troposphere temperature has not accelerated during the period of hydrocarbon use. Greenhouse theory says it should.

4) Weather is not getting more violent.

His review (supported by 17,000 scientists) led him to the conclusion, “There are no deleterious effects on earth’s weather and climate from atmospheric CO2.” Look up Dr. Arthur B. Robinson on the Internet.

CONRAD BERGSTROM

Olympia

Don’t replace lake with mud flats

I walked around Capitol Lake during Lakefair and wondered if I smelled Joe Hyer at work again.

As the representative of the Olympia City Council, and in case he forgot, Olympia is also the state capital of Washington, I was disappointed he turned turtle and supported the special interest groups in turning Capitol Lake into another smelly mud flat.

Oh, well, I guess they could always change the name of Capital Lakefair to Capital Mudfair and race mud buggies instead of hydroplanes. And think of the prestige in being named Miss Capital Mud Fair.

Does anybody else remember Christmas (oops) Holiday Island, swimming, boating and fishing in this beautiful setting in downtown Olympia? Those who do, better speak out before it is too late.

The cost to restore this beautiful lake is worth every penny.

I implore the city and the county to ask the people who elected them if they want another mud flat, or keep this beautiful lake in their capital city.

I’ll bet the results would prove my point.

LARRY GLENN

Olympia

Don’t fall for single-payer system

For many years now we have been told there are 47 million Americans without health care. Sit back, America, and read the data from the census bureau.

OK. So there are supposedly 45.7 million uninsured. But 18 million earn more than $50,000 and almost 10 million of the 18 million make more than $75,000 a year.

More than 10 million aren’t U.S. citizens.

And as many as 14 million qualify for government programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP.

Obviously, there’s some overlap in these numbers. But the critical question is who is left over?

The Census Bureau states there are 8 million chronically uninsured Americans. Obama’s health care will become a single-payer system. Do not fool yourself. Every American will be mandated to use it. Don’t ruin the finest medical care found on earth. Just help these 8 million.

ERIC STREAM

Olympia

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