Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for May 4

Homosexual couples received equal rights

When I was a kid, I played marbles with some boys I knew. I had my bag of marbles and the other kids had theirs. We played “funzies” not “keepers.”

Playing just for fun was better because that was about enjoying relationships, not how many marbles you had.

It was good when one of the other guys got some new marbles because everyone got to hold them and say what they liked about them. More marbles made the game better. It was fun when I got new marbles too because everyone was happy I got them. It never occurred to any of us that the additional marbles made us or our bag less important.

Homosexual couples recently got the same number and kind of marbles heterosexual couples have. In this case the marbles are rights.

There is already rumbling afoot that gays now have too many rights because their additional ones make the rights heterosexual couples have less or less meaningful.

Only an adult could add this up this way.

Gay couples having the same number and kind of rights other couples have in no way changes the number, kind or worth of the rights others have.

It simply means people that some others don’t approve of have those rights too.

We need to take a lesson from children. Funzies is more fun. The rules are the same for everyone.

We should be happy some other guys got new marbles.


Neighbors object to noise at Ingersoll

We have recently read a couple articles about the plan by the Olympia School District to expand the activities at Ingersoll Stadium and the neighbors’ objections to those plans.

I am one of those neighbors, who unfortunately lives in the shadow of the stadium.

Briefly, the stadium is a miserable neighbor — with misbehavior ranging from screaming preachers to exploding pyrotechnics to midnight renditions of Jimmy Buffet’s “Margaritaville.”

Recently I spoke at an Olympia City Council meeting in opposition to the planned expansions at the stadium, and learned informally that the district has already engaged a Seattle attorney to assist in disregarding the neighbors’ privacy and twisting state laws and regulations, not to mention the city’s zoning rules to achieve its objectives.

Go team. Hire more lawyers and fire more teachers. Go team.

Maybe the district will hire the same lawyer that they hired in 2004 who bamboozled the city planners to accept an interpretation of the obscure phrase, “other public event” to excuse the enforcement of any noise limits at the stadium.

I recall the old saw, half the attorneys are dumber than the average attorney. Well, we all know where this one ranks.

I wonder why the 4th Avenue Tavern didn’t hire this lawyer in its dispute with the city over noise. Maybe their facility, in a commercial district, has tighter noise rules than those for the residential district that surrounds Ingersoll.

Maybe the 4th Avenue Tavern was too small at 50 occupants compared to Ingersoll’s 3,000.

Go figure.


Legislators should give up something

After reading Alyson Kohl’s letter, I have to continue some points she made.

As a retired legislative employee, I have seen all or most of the tricks and “hide the ball” games played at the Capitol. The rare productive legislative session depends to a great extent on the governor.

But this governor is the same one who assured the people during the election campaign that the state’s finances were in good shape and called her opponent a liar when he mentioned a $3 billion deficit.

About the airplanes: When Mike Lowry was governor I wrote a letter suggesting they eliminate the governor’s plane for a substantial cost savings. The patronizing reply was that the Department of Transportation handled the issue and the governor had no say.

Now, our heroes (the Democrats) want to sell the State Patrol’s two planes to save $1.7 million? I haven’t seen anything on that lately.

The governor can fly out of Sea-Tac. If she needs a helicopter, she can use the Air National Guard or patrol.

If legislators feel they want to have a special session, they should do it on their own dime. When the session is over, they should turn in all their perks — cars, cell phones, laptops, gas cards etc.

How about a 10 percent pay cut? It’s time for them to give up something. They should pay serious attention to the recent tea parties held nationwide by hundreds of thousands of voters/taxpayers. The voters are watching and they are not happy.