Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor - Oct. 19, 2007

Show some respect for the pledge

Recently, I attended an Olympia High School sporting event with family members spanning generations from infants to great-grandparents. Present were members of our cherished World War II veterans all the way to our honored Iraq war veterans.

We were appalled when disrespectful rap music lyrics were blasted over the loud speakers. That was bad enough, but we won't tolerate the disrespect subjected against our country, honored veterans and our beloved traditions which followed.

When it came time for the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag, the announcer started reciting, but then abruptly and purposely stopped. How disgraceful and rude! Sadly, this has happened at more than one event. I was raised to do things either respectfully or not at all. The pledge is part of our heritage and should be treated with dignity when led by the announcer, not treated like a plague. Find announcers honored to recite the pledge!

Traditions must be celebrated showing respect, especially in public. The vocal secular minority, always hypocritically extolling tolerance and diversity, is attempting to foil the pledge. To those few dissenters, who despise patriotic traditions or can't stomach the word "God" in this celebrated historical passage, practice what you preach by respecting established traditions of others. No one is forced to say the pledge.

With great honor "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Daniel C. Walters, Olympia

Are judges crowding jails on purpose?

Taxpayers out of the loop?

I have lived in this area all of my life and I have always been proud of the fact that I'm an avid voter. I'm aware of the new court facilities that are in the works. I was in Judge Chris Wickham's courtroom the other day and was amazed to hear him keep a man in jail, (for over a week), because he was missing some paperwork.

I've never been in the position to have ever used our court systems, but as a taxpayer I was appalled by this judgment. The man was pleading to save his job and keep current on his child support.

This is the reason that we "NEED" new courtrooms and jail facilities? Or do our judicial officials just have shiny new courtrooms in sight? I'm curious how many others are kept for noncriminal reasons to make our jails appear over their inmate capacity.

Starla Colley, Tumwater

Death with dignity is not suicide

I must comment on the article about physician-assisted suicide. The writer of the article and people with Notdeadyet appear to be concerned that a law such as the Oregon law, if enacted in Washington, would apply to handicapped or disabled persons. The Oregon law applies to people who are terminal as attested to by two physicians. A handicapped person who is not deemed likely to die within six months would not be eligible. A person suffering from Parkinson's or Alzheimer's, for example, would likely not qualify unless they were in a terminal state and free of mental pathology.

While strides have been made in pain management, I understand there are a percentage of cases in which they are not effective, and some physicians are not adequately trained or are reluctant to use some alternatives for various reasons.

The writer is correct that the choice is between death and death, but she counts that as no choice. (At some point, on the other hand, she seems to assume that we are talking about a choice between being handicapped and death.)

Actually though, the choice between one kind of death and another is HUGE. I really do not want to spend my latter days in agonizing pain, while my poor little body becomes emaciated and turns blue and I lose control of my bowels and bladder. Also, when the choice is between death and death, I have trouble seeing "death with dignity" as being a suicide.

Barry Fibel, Lacey

Olympia should hold off on science curriculum

I support open government and accountability in the Olympia School District.

Recently, I learned that the State Board of Education will be performing a standards review and making recommendations to the state office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for science. After that, OSPI will revise science learning measures. OSPI will then recommend new science curriculum for school districts statewide.

The Olympia School District has embarked upon a science curriculum review process and will be purchasing new science curriculum next year. In light of the current budget crisis, I think the school district should wait and purchase one of the curricula recommended by OSPI.

I brought this information to light at a board meeting and was asked to meet with district administrators in charge of the science review.

What my meeting with the administrators is to accomplish, I am not sure. I am sure, however, that the school board could ask the administration to put this on hold, and save money both in administrative costs (by eliminating or reducing to part time the 2-year-old WASL alignment curriculum administrator) and curriculum costs (why buy the curriculum, then turn around and buy something new if the state recommends something different)?

Linnea Comstock, Olympia

Olympia council is an embarrassment

The Olympia City Council brought dishonor and embarrassment to this city by not allowing the military (Navy and our ally) to dock and be part of Lakefair.

What's next?

Will the council ban the military from wearing the uniform within the city?

Will the council prohibit the military from attending any activity in Olympia?

Will the council prevent retirees, reserves and active duty personnel from living within the city limits of Olympia?

The anti-military attitude that is demonstrated by the council members is disgraceful, outrageous and dreadful. Are they representing everyone or just a few who are anti-military like themselves?

Arthur Moses, Olympia