Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor for April 24

Clean up Budd Inlet by supporting oyster planting

I would like to invite everyone to get involved in the All Volunteer Olympia Oyster Planting Project on Saturday May 4.

Each year, over 100 Olympia citizens support planting oysters in our harbor and around Budd Inlet. Some people volunteer to help plant, and others make financial contributions.

Did you know that oysters clean the water in our bay? One oyster can filter 50 gallons per day! Planting oysters encourages good water quality, fosters natural sea life growth, provides habitat for small fish to aid salmon recovery, and oysters naturally remove algae and red tides.

Please contact us to volunteer, and to order fully equipped oyster grow bags at $43.50 each, and bulk seeds at $19.50 per 100 (price includes tax). Thanks for caring about our beautiful corner of South Puget Sound and getting involved!

Orders need to be received before Wednesday, May 1. For further information, please contact me at danleemazur@gmail.com

Dan Masur, Olympia

Editorial is on the money

I read the excellent Olympian editorial on the homeless problem and it really hits the nail on the head. I also saw the TV special, “Seattle Is Dying.” Both clearly show that there are issues that are beyond the purview of cities and counties.

Another thing we can do is stop thinking of “the homeless” as an amorphous mass. As they used to say on TV, there are eight million stories in the naked city. Those who are homeless due to circumstances beyond their control are different from those who continue to choose the lifestyle. People who are homeless due to job loss or other personal tragedy need and deserve all the help we can provide, as do young people who leave home because they are tired of being physically, sexually, or mentally abused. Likewise, people who are on the street due to mental health problems should be provided treatment and a chance to return to the mainstream, and drug addicts who are willing, a shot at rehab and a real life.

I’m a little more ambivalent about the drunks and dopers who refuse help and prefer to maintain a lifestyle without responsibility beyond panhandling and staying high.

If we concentrate on helping those who are willing to help themselves, we can use available assets more productively in returning people to a better life while providing the occasional shower and hot meal for the rest.

Ron Waitman, Lacey