Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor for April 26

Homeless solutions debated at community workshop

Olympia neighbors, service providers and city officials gathered at Olympia High School to discuss concerns and possible solutions to the city's homeless crisis.
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Olympia neighbors, service providers and city officials gathered at Olympia High School to discuss concerns and possible solutions to the city's homeless crisis.

Their time has come

The transfer of power in America is going from old white guys to everyone else. As a member of the former power holders, I am keenly aware of the shift. As a life-time feminist, I welcome it. Women, people of color, and gays have been second-class citizens too long.

Hilary Clinton may have lost the election, but in the process she gave women credibility in running for our highest political office. Her near miss was a giant step forward for the women’s movement, newly rebranded as the “me too” movement. Yes, it went beyond moment. Slowly but surely, the old white guys are being forced to accept power sharing with others. As their monopoly continues to erode, there is a new sensitivity emerging.

Women are using their ever-increasing power to sensitize a country that has been asleep at the wheel for a whole generation. It is time for us to get out of denial and admit that the American dream that was passed along to us boomers is being seriously threatened.

Women will lead the change. Along with them will be people for color -- many of them women of color. Some of them will even be gay women of color.

With the old white guys being replaced, America will bounce back from the 2016 election. This new power and accompanying sensitivity will bring not only a dose of reality, but also new signs of hope. America has women to thank for keeping hope alive.

Ken Pietraniec, Olympia

Taking on homelessness

Kudos to The Olympian Editorial Board April 7 “Homelessness is a bigger problem than Olympia can solve” featuring the public weigh-in to deal with our growing homelessness dilemma. Right alongside we find the insightfully educational Letter to the Editor “Housing the houseless” by Helen Frances Henry. Terrific!

Both journalists conclude that an involved informed citizenry has the power to make a big difference in the lives of folks struggling toward housing themselves. We can’t count on this complicated chronic problem being fully solved, but with the leadership from local, state and federal elected decision makers working together with community members we’ll get a lot accomplished. But we community members need to step up and take responsibility too.

Thanks Ms. Henry for linking us to Rep. Denny Heck’s works with the Housing Task Force. I’m encouraged after reading “Missing Millions of Homes” because we can know where we’ve trended in disturbingly regressive directions. I’m hoping to learn more about “The Ending Homelessness Act” and its specifics.

We’ve lots of work ahead of us, but it’s worth the effort to not only work in the kitchen but to wrestle with the solutions within the system. This is what community does. Let’s turn out for the 9:30 a.m. May 4 gathering at Capital High School.

Nancy Curtiss, Olympia
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