Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor for July 1

How can lawmakers justify their vote?

Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray along with Congressman Brian Baird all voted for the recent Iraq War funding bill. I mistakenly thought they were opposed to this war, but I was wrong.

My questions to our senators and congressman are how could they vote for the continuation of this war and how could they allow our soldiers to be killed and injured while being placed in the middle of a civil war?

I await their answers!

Terry Bullock, Tumwater

President runs this nation, not the speaker

Isn't it amazing that the Democrats are attempting to beat up the president and his staff for influencing the Attorney General's office?

Have they read lately the 1870 Act that established the Department of Justice as an executive department of the government of the United States?

Isn't the chief executive of the United States government still the president, rather than the speaker of the House?

Al King, Olympia

Power company enjoys a monopoly

We have so many options when it comes to our utilities. I have a choice for my phone. I have a choice for my TV. I have a choice for my Internet.

I have no choice when it comes to my electricity.

My monthly power bill is, approximately, equal to my cable, Internet and cell phone service combined. Why, then, am I charged $3.95 for paying Puget Sound Energy with my Visa debit card over the phone? Sounds like a class action lawsuit to me.

Paula McCoskey, Olympia

Abortion is, purely and simply, homicide

I wonder if C.J. Wolfer, who wrote the letter "Graphic abortion display was irresponsible" in the June 23 issue of The Olympian, has written similar complaints to network TV executives about the vivid close-up displays of autopsies and operations on prime time shows such as CSI, NCIS, Grey's Anatomy, ER, House - or to educators about the textbooks and videos used in most high school biology classes.

These are far more horrific than the pictures of fetuses or body parts displayed outside of abortion clinics.

Wolfer's complaint is by no means new. To quote from a recent online article, " ... moral issues aside, abortion is so ugly a process that even its advocates cannot bear to look at it. In public debates, pro-choice speakers generally insist on banning any pictures of fetuses or abortions."

What really upsets Wolfer, and all other advocates of abortion, is that such graphic displays will reveal to the public the ugly secret that abortion is, purely and simply, homicide.

Paul Shlichta, Olympia

Lacey is guilty of ugly sprawl

Turnips have higher standards.

I read the recent Olympian article: "Lacey planners pleased with what their land policies have created," and laughed uproariously. The city of Lacey is "growing, ... but nicely?"

From driving through Lacey, I would have guessed that planners put on turbans and consulted entrails, as ancient Egyptian priests did, and have obeyed the messy little internal organ that said; "Cut down more trees, build another strip mall and then go beg Olympia for water."

Lacey has gotten so sprawlingly ugly that nowadays when I am forced to go there I roll up my windows, shut my eyes tightly and drive along using only the force to navigate. This works, because the traffic is so bad I can't drive very fast, and if I hit anything, it's OK, since it was probably already ugly. Luckily all the tree-stumps and parked bulldozers can gently guide me back onto the pocked and congested roadways lined by strip malls and D.R. Horton/Tri Vo projects, where I can sit at length with other Thurston County citizens and contemplate the natural beauty, serenity, spacious and unique neighborhoods, and good quality of life to be found in Lacey.

Are Lacey residents pleased with what Lacey planners have inflicted upon an unsuspecting and innocent landscape and populace? If Lacey has actually happened on purpose, then Lacey planning commissioners and policy makers should be replaced immediately with squirrels, or else turnips. Either of those things demonstrate more wisdom and foresight and would probably produce a brighter, prettier future for Lacey.

Gayle Broadbent, Olympia