Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor for April 11

Work begins on $48 million project to replace I-5 interchange in Lacey

A long-awaited, $48 million project to replace the I-5 overpass in Lacey at Marvin Road began in October. The diverging diamond interchange is expected to improve traffic flow and reduce collisions.
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A long-awaited, $48 million project to replace the I-5 overpass in Lacey at Marvin Road began in October. The diverging diamond interchange is expected to improve traffic flow and reduce collisions.

April Fool!

Thanks for the hilarious article of March 30 detailing the “work” upcoming on College Street. For awhile there I thought you were being serious, because the repaving is necessary in the areas you mention. I started doubting your sincerity when you mentioned a proposed roundabout at 22nd Avenue.

I have driven through that intersection at least twice a day for four years and have never seen any indication that such a draconian measure is required. But the real tip-off was when Scott Egger “seriously” suggested that there would be little difficulty during construction because we can all use the Chehalis-Western Trail to get to our destinations!

I’m 76 and cannot wait. Hope to see you out there next December, Scott!

Bill Rathke, Lacey

Building community

People living in shelters, on the streets, or in unsanctioned camps are, like us, people with problems. As Dorothy Day famously said: “We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.”

Over 200 people are waiting for Permanent Supportive Housing at the Billy Frank Jr. apartments or Drexel House apartments. These offer subsidized housing for the elderly or disabled who have incomes around $720, to pay a third of their income and receive services with on-site case managers. If you are wondering where the 200-400 people who are waiting are living now, just look around.

For a different population, Plum Street Village is useful. This provides high-barrier, fully subsidized, temporary, tiny transitional sheds (with respect, I refuse to call them tiny houses). The 20-45 people who become eligible will agree to have their belongings searched on entry and their sheds searched regularly; they will accept this approach, will thrive, and will be independent in 3-9 months.

Where are other safe places? Salvation Army, Union Gospel Mission, Interfaith Works are all doing amazing work, yet the need is greater. Building permanent supportive housing takes years.

In the meantime, what kind of action is our community willing to live with? Sweeps are easy. Simply building relationships that empower people to live with dignity and encourage self governance is harder.

Those who provide services are asking us to learn more. Let’s listen, let’s participate — engageolympia.com.

Saima Scott, Olympia

Why remake the I-5 intersection?

What is the purpose of the new intersection at Marvin Road and I-5? It looks like the creation of a drunken engineer student. With traffic crossing the way they intend, it sure looks like a huge confusing mess!

There has to be a good reason why there are so few (if any) of this design interchange anywhere. What is the rationale for wasting tax money like this?

Paul Crislip, Olympia
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