Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor for Feb. 15

President is a

corporate stooge

What is the reason for which our young soldiers are being asked to die in Iraq? The chickenhawks of this White House and the corporate military industrial complex have offered us a string of short- lived and specious reasons. Not one has survived objective scrutiny; yet, they survive and flourish on the artificial life support systems of corporate owned cable TV news. Why would these multibillion dollar corporate media operations risk seeming credibility by unceasingly parroting the Bush administrations position a la prevarications?

It's the money, stupid!

Remember that axiom: "Truth is the first casualty of war"? Cable TV pundits freely acknowledged it and then faithfully executed it on the run up to and after Bush's attack on Iraq. The corporate owners of these entertainment news businesses directly profit from glitzy war coverage and their other operations that sell guns, bullets, bombs, tanks, transportation, intelligence, etc. to the tune of $8.4 billion per month to the government.

Bush is a corporate stooge whose job is to continue that $8.4 billion per month hemorrhage of tax dollars into corporate coffers no matter how much we the people oppose it. The light at the end of the tunnel for them is to drain the nation's wealth into off shore corporate accounts and leave our government too weak to provide Social Security and consumer protection from their criminal predations. As long as they can get that $8.4 billion per month, the war will continue!

Allen Zimmerman, Olympia

Bush is vilified, while

Gore is up for Peace Prize

With all respect to poet Robert Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken," the last stanza reads: "I shall be telling this with a sigh, Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference."

I look at the road that the American public, with the help of the U.S. Supreme Court, took in the 2000 general election. The declared winner has led us into such a quagmire of deceit and blunders that his credibility in 2007 is just above nonexistent. Such has been the road that we have taken, and "that has made all the difference."

The road not taken in 2000 was Al Gore, who has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his work on the movie "An Inconvenient Truth." What a difference taking his less traveled road would probably have made for the United States, and the future survival of the world.

The road taken in 2000 seems to be trodden by a candidate for impeachment, and deservedly so. The 2000 loser is a candidate for a Nobel Peace Prize. "I shall be telling this with a sigh."

Jerry L. Smith, Olympia

Don't let paranoia and

hatred dictate our lives

It is time for our Legislature to pass legislation to legalize gay marriage and/or civil unions. This is purely a civil rights issue for our citizens.

Those who oppose gay marriage on the basis of homophobia simply have no rational leg to stand on in this debate.

For those using a religious, or quasi-religious argument, said arguments are simply meaningless. They are meaningless, because marriage as defined by the state cannot in any way be a religious activity. If marriage is a religious activity, the issuance of marriage licenses needs to cease immediately, and all licenses must be issued for civil unions in the future.

To deny homosexual couples the same legal benefits that my wife and I enjoy, is simply incoherent policy and unconstitutional discrimination. No amount of Bible quotes, homophobia hysteria or self-righteous piety changes the basic nature of our Constitution and its protections for all citizens.

It is time to join the 21st century and follow the principles of our Constitution, rather than allowing paranoia and hatred to dictate our citizens' lives.

Bryan Nelson, Tumwater

Don't tax medical

and mobility equipment

House Bill 1324 and Senate Bill 5648 pertain to sales and use tax exemption for prescribed durable medical and mobility enhancement equipment used in the home.

As a home care provider of medical equipment services, I have been humbled and saddened to witness the sacrifices of patients, families and caregivers in the home care setting.

There is no argument that home care not only creates a more supportive and dignified environment for loved ones recovering from illness, injury or disease, but is the most cost-effective and preferred option to hospitalization, skilled nursing or assisted living care facilities. Many long-term disabilities can drain a family's financial resources.

Health care costs continue to be the focus of today's political debate. Insurance premiums for coverage increase each passing year.

More working Americans do not have nor can afford the insurance protection of employer-based plans. Exclusions of coverage or limitations are often associated with less costly insurance plans. Patients and family members are burdened by excessive deductibles, co-pays, noncovered services and prescription drugs.

The tax exemption for prescribed home medical equipment services will, in some part, assist the less fortunate. The majority of citizens cannot afford long term care such as assisted living facilities or adult foster homes.

Washington is one of four states that partially tax home medical equipment services. The remaining states have similar bills requesting tax exemption for these services. It makes good sense that this tax exemption may encourage more families to care for loved ones in the home setting.

Thomas J. Coogan, president elect, Pacific Association for Medical Equipment Services

Global warming fears are

based on junk science

The bogus issue of human-caused global warming is about to get another infusion of false credibility.

Al Gore, the darling of the left, will surely win an Oscar for his fantasy film "An Inconvenient Truth." The truth is that climate change is an omnipresent condition.

It wasn't too long ago, the early '70s, that global cooling was going to change life on the earth as we know it. Turns out it was just another example of junk science, much the same as that which is driving the present fear of global warming. The theory of global warming, an increase of CO2 emissions will drive up temperatures, was accepted as scientific law prior to adequate scientific analysis.

Now, as more and more scientists, with backgrounds in global climate change, are reaching different conclusions, they are being attacked by the press and environmental groups as being lackeys for big oil. Never mind that the vice president of the United Nations Panel on Climate Change agreed that there is no evidence that humans are responsible for the current, very slight, increase in global temperatures. The changes we are seeing are consistent with normal climactic cycles and are more closely tied to sunspot activity than to anything that man can affect.

Saying that man can cause worldwide weather change makes about as much sense as Lyndon Johnson's war on poverty or George W. Bush's policy on immigration. They are all based on emotion and junk science.

Greg Squires, Olympia

Drug companies should

stop advertising

How can we get the drug companies to stop advertising to the general public and lower drug prices with the savings?

Doctors need to use their brains and order only what we need as individuals. We don't need to ask for specific drugs. Let's start a worldwide effort and request or order drug companies to STOP advertising except to doctors, and lower prices now.

Let's boycott all drugs that are advertised. No one in America should go without the drugs they need because they can't afford them. Let's do all we can to lower the cost. E-mail, call and write to the drug companies to demand no ads.

Can we get this request on the TV and the radio to make it a huge effort?

Mike Flothe, Olympia