Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor - August 8

Barclift's budget management questioned

Carolyn Barclift says we need experience on the school board.

Can we afford her experience any longer?

Her decisions contributed to the current budget crisis that Olympia School District is now in. Over the last three years, she supported spending that took a multimillion dollar surplus to a projected $2 million deficit next year. And just last month she continued to vote for more spending, despite calls for restraint by other school board members. Over the long run, our children will suffer because of this fiscal instability.

At school board meetings, I was disturbed by Barclift's arrogance and disdain toward the public's opinions. Granted, in today's society there is a group against something and everything, but usually concerns are grounded in some fact that deserves respect and conversation. Unfortunately, I've seen Barclift offering neither.

Carolyn Barclift has either been irresponsible or asleep at the wheel to continuously support the administration's budget and programs. In either case, she should not be re-elected. The school board directors' job is not to rubber stamp administrative staff proposals. It is to be an independent, thoughtful overseer of budgets, programs and priorities for our children.

It is time for a school board that is equally supportive to parents and their children as the district administration. We need a responsive (and solvent) school district if we are to do our part as parents in providing a great education for the children at OSD.

David Christensen, Olympia

Thomas and Green will listen

Many of us have lost faith in our collective capacity as citizens to make our community a better place to live. We want to come together, but end up pointing fingers at each other instead of rolling up our sleeves and joining hands to get things done. Citizens blame tone-deaf politicians and lazy bureaucrats for our problems and public officials blame ignorant, apathetic, or angry citizens for making it impossible for them to do their jobs.

It's time we broke this cycle of blame and renewed our faith in each other and our ability to reach agreement on what we want our community to become and to work together to make that vision real.

That's why I'm supporting Jeanne Marie Thomas and Matthew Green for Olympia City Council. They are long-time community leaders who know how to bring people together and get things done. They know that Olympia is blessed with talented, creative, passionate people who care deeply about this community and want to get involved and make a difference.

And they see their job as council members as creating the opportunity for all of us to step up to and embrace our responsibilities as citizens again. Their vision for Olympia is one we shape together, one informed by a healthy and lively dialogue about what we value.

A vote for Thomas and Green is a vote to have our voices heard again and to take back the power to shape our future.

Peter Guttchen, Olympia

Nott will keep our city pristine

This letter is to support Suzanne Nott for the Port of Olympia commissioner position in the next election. Nott cares about our beautiful city of Olympia.

Nott cares about environmental protection of Budd Inlet. She cares about jobs and about public health issues.

In the past, the Port of Olympia commissioners seem only to care about the big business interests. They have not been open to the public as they should have been. They use our tax dollars to support big businesses, who often do not bring any new jobs to our area.

We need new Port of Olympia commissioners. Suzanne Nott will do a great job of keeping our city pristine. She really cares.

Lisa Rimmer, Olympia

Nott has challenged Weyerhaeuser scheme

For the past year and a half, port commission candidate, Suzanne Nott has been concerned enough to study the Port of Olympia commission policies as they effect the public good (or not) and been active in opposing the commissioners' attempts to bring an expanded Weyerhaeuser logging operation to Olympia that would bring us more noise and air pollution, traffic congestion and accidents.

The current commissioners decided that 350 plus daily truck trips going in and out of downtown Olympia to deliver/haul logs will not adversely affect the public health and they call this carte blanche system fair. No environmental impact statement needed!

Meanwhile, Nott and other community activists have challenged this unilateral and short sited economic development scheme agreed to without heeding the public concerns.

The same for the huge warehouse/transport complex that they want to place near Maytown and Millersylvania Park. It took 200 county/town residents showing up at a recent commissioners meeting in protest to get them to rethink this done deal.

Do we want more done deals like this. No! Vote for Suzanne Nott in the primary to replace one of the good old boys on the commission. She will be a breath of fresh air!

Chris Stegman, Olympia

Thomas draws people into action

I enthusiastically endorse Jeanne Marie Thomas, candidate for the Olympia City Council Position 3. Thomas is a long-time resident of Olympia with deep roots in this community and the region. Through her many community-based and professional commitments she has demonstrated that she cares deeply about the direction of Olympia City government.

I have personally observed the many ways that Thomas listens, reaches out to people affected by an issue, and draws them into action that solves practical problems. Thomas has demonstrated time and again the leadership, common sense, and judgment that will make the difference for the Olympia City Council in the coming years.

Please take the time to consider Jeanne Marie Thomas, and then be sure to vote in the primary and the general election this year.

John O. Saunders, Olympia

Pharmacists must fill prescriptions

I write in reference to the story "Pharmacists sue over morning after pill." Nobody twisted the pharmacists arm to pursue this livelihood; there are other fields they can pursue.

Their job is to dispense medicine to the public; regardless of their own personal convictions. If every worker was allowed to deal with the public using their own personal twist on life we would have a big mess on our hands. That is the reason we have laws and rules. When you sign up for a job and are getting PAID for it; you are expected to act accordingly. If you do not like the rules you are free to look for another position.

Keep in mind that there are no chains attached to you and you can leave on your own fee will.

You also have to keep in mind that if the item required was an over-the-counter item, there wouldn't be a problem. Since the public is not allowed to self prescribe we are stuck getting medicines from pharmacists.

Neil Harris, Rochester

Must stores stock every single item?

I was at Ralph's Thriftway to get a can of the cocoa I like. I found that he does not stock it.

So I intend to contact the state agriculture board and insist they pass a rule requiring that this brand be stocked.

I believe this is clearly the role of the state.

After all, who does Kevin Stormans think he is, the owner?

I did pass several other stores on the way, but I only want to buy it here.

Bill Korf, Olympia

City could ban military flights

When I have been outside working the last couple of days, my attention has often been drawn to noise overhead. As I lifted my eyes to the sky, I have spotted military aircraft passing by and headed right over the city.

An interesting thought came to me as I wondered if perhaps the Olympia City Council is contemplating drafting a resolution to ban military planes and helicopters from flying over the city. Maybe the area protesters would decide to send up dozens of hot air balloons to litter the air space with bright and festive colors. I understand the balloons can be aglow at night.

Woody Franzen, Olympia

Brewery picnic was a huge success

My siblings and I attended the Olympia Brewery Picnic reunion last weekend, sponsored by the Olympia Tumwater Foundation. Approximately 1,200 former employees and children of employees gathered at the Tumwater Falls Park for a nostalgic return to those wonderful annual picnics when our parents would gather with the other grown-ups and we kids would dive for pennies in the straw, ride the ponies, return empty beer and pop bottles and receive penny candy in return. The Darigold Ice Cream truck was present, then, to dispense free ice-cream bars all day long.

Yesterday was like a huge family reunion. Good thing we had name tags in large print. What a wonderful gift to those of us who grew up attending the Brewery Picnic each summer. Thanks so much to the Olympia Tumwater Foundation. I hope all who attended gave the foundation a nice, big donation to further their work granting scholarships to local kids.

Gloria Frisch Strait, Olympia