Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor - Sept. 17, 2007

Mah exemplifies family values

Please join us in supporting Doug Mah for mayor of the city of Olympia.

Mah is a longtime resident of the city with six years of experience on the City Council. He will continue to provide leadership in nurturing a vibrant downtown and in providing improvements to social services.

He has demonstrated an ability to handle major challenges, build consensus, and get things done under pressure and in the face of adversity through his past experience working on regional wastewater facilities and breaking the PFD funding logjam for the Hands on Children's Museum.

Mah's approach to problems is to listen to all groups before making a decision, then to follow that course which will benefit the greatest number of residents and the community as a whole. His involvement as a board member in United Way of Thurston County and the Thurston County Food Bank are examples of his commitment to see that needs of all in the community are met.

Whether in council meetings or representing the city at diverse functions, Mah will act in a manner that will bring credit to the city and its governance process. In addition, he, his wife and his daughter exemplify those characteristics that are valued in this family-oriented community.

Jan and Dale Putnam, Olympia

Nejedly will bring common sense to school board

As a mother of two girls, I am concerned that they get a good, solid education. I am delighted Jeff Nejedly is running for Olympia School Board position 1. I firmly believe Nejedly's core beliefs and approach are needed in this time of projected deficits and strategic planning.

Nejedly will bring his common sense fiscal discipline to the board. He has worked as a project and fiscal manager for many years. With the projected budget deficits, I'm pleased to see an experienced manager step up into a civic role. Nejedly knows that his role as a school board director is to oversee the district administration and provide accountability.

Additionally, I believe Nejedly understands that our children are best educated when parents feel that the district fosters involvement and respectfully honors parent concerns. Public schools need to respond to the wide variety of community perspectives. Nejedly is the kind of person who will bring consensus and foster open communication.

Nejedly emphasizes the importance of being impartial and independent. He will analyze each issue carefully and respond with clear leadership and direction. In my opinion, these are key components to being on a school board as it is a matter of checks and balance.

Please join me in voting Jeff Nejedly for Olympia School District, position 1.

Laurie Niewolny, Olympia

Congress gave Bush power to attack Iraq

Terrence Zander wrote a letter and asked why the president has yet to explain why we are in Iraq. I would like to answer that question for him and others and show others who state that this is an illegal war that they too are misinformed.

The reason we are in Iraq and why it is legal is written in Resolution 45 Sec 3 which was passed by both the House and Senate. Taken from RES 45 SEC. 3. AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES.

(a) Authorization: The president is authorized to use the Armed Forces of the United States as he determines to be necessary and appropriate in order to:

(1) defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq; and

(2) enforce all relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions regarding Iraq.

You see, our Congress wrote in their resolution that Iraq was a continuing threat to the United States national security, and gave the president the legal right to attack Iraq.

Jim Rush, Olympia

Gays do not choose to be gay

"There are none so blind as those who refuse to see." This old saying certainly applies to many people today who continue to insist that gays choose their sexual orientation.

The American Psychological Association in July, 1994, stated: "Research suggests that the homosexual orientation is in place very early in the life cycle, possibly even before birth. It is found in about 10 percent of the population, a figure which is surprisingly constant across cultures, irrespective of the different moral values and standards of a particular culture."

Today scientists largely agree that sexual orientation is at least partially determined by biology. It is known that if one of identical male twins is gay, there's a better than 50 percent chance that the other will also be gay. This is true whether the twins are raised in the same household or not. The environment in which the two boys are raised cannot be the determining factor.

Some argue that this proves that homosexuality is not caused by genes, since identical genes should make both twins gay. This argument is without merit, because geneticists know that various genes require activation before they can influence human development. If there were no genetic connection, the chance of the second twin being gay would only be about 5 percent, the rate in the general population, not 50 percent.

Other evidence, in addition to these factors, makes it obvious that gays do not "choose" to be gay and deserve the rights and privile ges due all citizens.

James L. Boone, Olympia

Honor diversity by boycotting stores

Kevin Stormans apparently believes his refusal to stock a contraceptive, and involvement with a far-right group, should not be commented upon in polite society.

Nonsense.

First, pharmacy licensure is a privilege, not a right. Privileges come with expectations. The Supreme Court recognized a woman's right to contraception in 1965. Forty-two years later, government cannot knowingly endorse, through licensure, interference with a constitutional right.

Furthermore, imagine consumers being forced to navigate a moral minefield of arbitrary vetoes of other lawful prescriptions due to the personal beliefs of pharmacy owners who are untrained in medicine. That might include life-saving HIV medication, for example - or perhaps the mental health drugs that Scientology rejects. Where would this end?

Second, even if such discrimination were permissible, the fact that the Alliance Defense Fund is championing Stormans' cause is alarming. The ADF also insists protestors have a right to harass women's health clinic patients. It led the highly politicized efforts to force-feed the late Terri Schiavo. In opposing a so-called homosexual agenda, the ADF counsels businesses to actually discriminate against gays and lesbians. And it opposes the Matthew Shephard Act, which would broaden federal law to punish physical attacks upon gays and lesbians.

According to the ADF, any special punishment for hate crimes like Matthew Shephard's brutal murder would be "legislative vindication of sexually harmful and injurious immoral behavior." That's a grotesquely hateful statement.

Making excuses for hatred, and associating with those who do, is hateful. One can truly honor diversity by boycotting Bayview and Ralph's.

Rep. Brendan Williams, Olympia

Stormans are right to refuse to sell Plan B

Contrary to the propaganda printed in The Olympian, life begins at conception. Plan B works in three ways. The third way (verified by the Federal Food and Drug Administration) prevents human life from implantation, causing his/her death.

Dr. Jerome Lejeune, the father of modern genetics," said: "Each of us has a very precise starting moment, which is the time at which the whole necessary and sufficient genetic information is gathered inside one cell, the fertilized egg, and this is the moment of fertilization. There is not the slightest doubt about that, and we know that this information is written on a kind of ribbon we call the DNA."

The late Dr. Lejeune discovered the genetic cause of Down Syndrome. He received the Kennedy prize for the discovery, as well as the Memorial Allen Award Medal, the world's highest award for work in the field of genetics.

God bless the Stormans who refuse to sell the death enabling chemical at Ralph's.

Ed Sauley, Olympia

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