Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for June 2

Don’t leave dogs in parked cars

As the warm weather increases, please take a few minutes to think of your pet.

As much as you may love him or her, remember that the normal temperature of a dog is between 101 and 102, not at all like the human temperature of 98.6 degrees.

Plus, although people have many sweat glands, a dog only has the pads on its feet. If you dog is panting, that means your dog is hot, so please do not take your dog out for shopping and simply leave him or her in your vehicle with windows barely cracked.

Try this if you are still a doubter. Put on pants, socks, shoes, a sweater, gloves and a hat, then sit in your car on a sunny day with the windows barely open (without the car running, of course) for about 10 or 15 minutes. You’ll discover just how fast and hot it gets.

Unlike people, dogs cannot remove their fur if they are too hot and they can’t use their paws to get a cold drink. Too often I see dogs barking frantically stuck in cars.

Please, think before you take your dog shopping and remember, your pet will still love you when you get home.



Property owners connecting to trail

The natural beauty of the Chehalis Western Trail is under attack by private interests.

A new business on Martin Way, next to the trail, has laid a cement walk from its property, across the Department of Natural Resources property, connecting it to the asphalt walkway on the Chehalis Western Trail.

Now an apartment building is being built and its owners are laying a 10- to 12-foot cement walk from their property to connect to the trail.

I told an employee making this walk that they were violating DNR property if they connected to the Chehalis Trail. I was told to call the city of Olympia.

The new apartment is next to the Olympia Crest apartments and there is already a footpath to the trail where the two properties adjoin. It is just a few feet from the monster walk being laid by the new apartment builders.

I contacted Natural Resources and the employee to whom I spoke said he would have to see if permission had been granted by a “higher up.” This is the same employee to whom I complained about a private homeowner next to the trail who has made a path from his property, across DNR property, to the trail. He removed the vegetation and has covered his pathway with cement stepping stones, pieces of carpeting, gaudy ornaments, a folding screen and posted a no trespassing sign.

Hopefully Natural Resources can clean these messes up and quell feelings for a recently discussed class action lawsuit.



Obama must protect undeveloped forests

The current administration must take a firm stand on protecting our last remaining undeveloped national forests.

Ensuring that the roadless rule is upheld would be a tremendous step in the right direction, demonstrating necessary leadership in Washington, D.C. In Washington state, there are over 2 million acres of roadless forestlands that hang in the balance.

These forests provide critical habitat for many of the Northwest’s well-known creatures — like steelhead, salmon, bald eagles and elk herds — as well as sheltering uncounted lesser-known but equally important species. As a longtime college professor of environmental studies and geography, I can attest that our forests are essential in providing us with critical resources like clean water and air. And you don’t need a Ph.D. to know that our roadless public lands are where we find some of our most beautiful back country.

Roadless areas are not only an essential part of the lives of many of us outdoors types, but are also critical economic resources for the local communities that depend upon outdoor recreation and tourism for ever-increasing levels of income.

Further erosion of our last remaining wildlands is an unacceptable degradation of our natural heritage. These few beautiful, biologically and culturally important places are for now still with us, and the Obama administration has the historic opportunity to again defend our nation’s forests for their own inherent well being and for all future generations.



Murderers show no mercy

Why all the fuss about humane death for murderers?

Hanging was determined not humane for Mitchell Rupp as he was so fat. We settled on the lethal injection then. We consider it humane to kill loved pets by lethal injections. Why not someone who murdered someone in a nonhumane manner?

Maybe we should just kill them in the same way they killed their victims. Were they concerned about humane methods then? Did they think torture was humane?

Of course stretching their time on death row is humane. But their victims have not had all the time the killers have had to live.

I suppose we could at least sharpen the needle and get it over with.