Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for April 25

Don’t target risk-takers

In the same issue of The Olympian, I read that the Democrats want to put an income tax on the wealthiest Washingtonians and a letter writer wants to punish the heartless corporations.

Rush Limbaugh called this punishing the achievers, a characterization that no doubt fuels the class envy that has led to such proposals and has also emboldened G20 protests and the taking hostage of corporate management teams.

Limbaugh was wrong.

The targets of our rage are not just the achievers. They are the risk-takers, the investors, the producers and the employers.

What will be left of our economy and jobs when those who have accumulated wealth lose all incentive to risk, invest, produce and employ?

Call it greed, but their quest for profits will only bring them to risk, invest, produce and employ elsewhere.

What consolation will that be?

Jim Luthy,


Government agencies don’t serve the public

I just wanted to comment on the article about the state Department of Social and Health Services and the Department of Labor and Industries.

I have been fighting with Labor and Industries for a while now. I feel that the people who get injured on the job should be taken care of in a timely manner instead of waiting until the person is permanently disabled and loses everything due to financial crisis. This situation also leads to mental issues and a lot of unwarranted stress.

I know I am not the only one out here, but I believe that changes should be made in this area and people should be treated with respect. We pay into this insurance and so do the employers. But getting help when you need it is unreal.

It shouldn’t be.

I think people should know the truth about these state organizations and what really happens to people who hurt themselves.

Joan Lambert,


Where are drugs coming from?

Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Department is operating the needle-exchange program in downtown Olympia.

My question is, who is supplying what is going into the needles?

I could have sworn drugs were illegal.

Sure, we are preventing many cases of HIV, but we are keeping the drug-addicted ones happy!

How many of these people that are receiving the clean needles are on Social Security disability?

Is this why our taxes keep going up?

Shelley Farler,


Trip to cemetery turned into sad occasion

My mother, who is in her 80s, asked me to take her to the cemetery on Littlerock Road recently so she could put some flowers on a dear friend’s grave for her birthday.

I took mom to the store and she picked out a pretty bouquet.

When we arrived at the cemetery, we saw a huge pile in the back of the property, under the trees, of artificial flowers. Many of the arrangements were still in nice pots and containers, and appeared to be in good condition.

The flowers were removed from the vaults as well as the graves.

I realize some cemeteries have signs out requesting no artificial flowers between certain dates. It is too bad they don’t have a little more compassion for the living. Not everyone can afford fresh flowers, or even live close enough to where a family member or friend is buried.

What started out to be a happy occasion turned out to be a sad one. All we wanted to do was place all the flowers back on the graves. Good thing mom picked out a fresh bouquet.

Linda Clintworth,


State Supreme Court is mathematically challenged

Once again our beloved state Supreme Court demonstrated a lack of logical consequence and in this case a shortage of mathematical capability.

The case I refer to is the overturning of a child pornography conviction based on the idea that a multitude of child porn pictures could not be considered a multiple set of offenses. Even though there were many different children, each brutalized and traumatized by their own picture, the majority on the court said the situation consisted a single offense.

Let us look at the logic and the intelligence, if there is any, to future legal consequences for other crimes.

With that less than brilliant insight, we now have, in its broad application, no such thing as serial crimes. Following the state Supreme Court ruling that one plus one plus one still only makes a quantity of one, every serial criminal is in a first-time offender.

To stop this legal stupidity I propose that the Legislature show some guts and step in with some corrective action like an impeachment hearing. A second step is needed to prevent a reoccurrence of this kind of embarrassing legal debacle.

The Legislature should require that a Supreme Court judge candidate has passed the WASL test in math. It would prevent such math-challenged thinking in the future.

Jerry Riedinger,


Do we really support children’s health care?

The state wants to raise the sales tax to help pay for children’s health care. This will probably end up on the ballot for voter approval.


Now we will see just what type of people there are. Are you really for children’s health care or just as long as it doesn’t cost YOU anything? You are all willing for smokers to pay for it, but now the state wants everyone to pay.

Do you REALLY care about health care for kids or maybe some people are just trying to impose their self-righteous views on others.

I guess in November we will know.

Leo White,


Exposure to chemicals can cause health problems

What’s in a name? A rose, by any other name, is probably toxic.

The fragrance of your personal laundry and cleaning products may smell sweet, but would you spritz on pesticide because it smelled nice? Would you wash your clothes in benzene? Would you apply cancer-causing carcinogens to your baby’s bottom?

Unwittingly, that’s what you’re doing if you use most mainstream products.

So what’s in a name?

The name “fragrance” on your product list of ingredients is there in place of up to 200 chemicals taken from a pool of 2,000. There are no laws requiring these chemicals be tested for safety. In fact, many are known to cause health problems.

They do not have to be disclosed to the consumer nor do any by-products that may form by combining them.

At least 30 percent of Americans have a strong sensitivity to chemicals. Multiple Chemical Sensitivity is a condition that, because of previous chemical exposure, even the lowest levels of toxins can cause severe and debilitating reactions.

MCS is a disability recognized by the state of Washington, but not yet by federal government.

Ironically, the U.S. did recently acknowledge pesticide exposure as contributing to ill health suffered by those labeled with “Gulf War Syndrome.” MCS is the ailment most common to Gulf War vets and even the pesticide manufacturers acknowledge exposure can cause this disruption to the nervous system.

May is MCS awareness month. We have the power to make healthier choices, for those around us, and ourselves.

Daisy Ouye,