Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for June 9

Signs at roundabout distract drivers

Drive to the roundabout at Pacific Avenue and Marvin Road during almost any weekend and your eyes will be assaulted by a forest of garishly colored signs hawking anything from houses to lawn mowers and locker beef.

The roundabout is a state right-of-way. Although posting commercial signs on public rights-of-way is illegal, state and county authorities are reluctant to enforce the law, citing, among other cop-outs, budget constraints. Aesthetics aside, these signs are a distraction, posing a serious hazard when drivers need to focus entirely on navigating safely through a swirl of oncoming traffic.

Bradford and Anne O’Connor


Travel backup problem must be fixed

I have a couple of complaints about some extraordinarily stupid things local government has done fairly recently.

The first is regarding the small fountain in the sidewalk at Columbia Street and Thurston Avenue.

Why would anyone build a fountain at toddler height and then treat it with harmful poisons instead of a lesser chemical like bromine?

There are signs all over it saying don’t wade in it, yet it was designed in a way that entices young ones and is right next to a playground.

Wow! Really?

Second, and this is the big one, the Pilot gas station at 93rd Avenue and Interstate 5 was allowed to be built without any traffic revisions. How much tax does this business pay the local government? Shouldn’t some of that money go to fixing the horrendous traffic situation it has created?

At 4:30 p.m. on any given afternoon someone waiting to turn left onto 93rd Avenue from southbound Interstate 5 gets to wait 20 minutes and gets harassed by the various panhandlers there.

Sometimes the stopped line of cars extends onto the freeway creating a very dangerous situation.

There are inconsiderate truckers cutting people off coming out of Pilot all day.

What is the accident rate at this location? Where are the stoplights? Was there a study? If there was, who didn’t do their job correctly?

It needs to be fixed.

John Conner


Event linked Evergreen to community

As an Evergreen grad and a member of the Olympia community, I am deeply saddened and concerned about the end of Super Saturday celebration.

I felt it was an excellent way for the community to see what an asset Evergreen is to the community and to the public at large.

It was a celebration that included everyone and made all that attended feel the open and accepting attitude of the college.

It was truly a celebration, for all who attended.

I think it’s a mistake to end an event that sheds such a wonderful light on the college and the community.

Deanne Kennedy


Timberland should reconsider new policy

The article, “Timberland OKs late-book fees” did not include two additional changes coming July 1.

The maximum limit on holds will be reduced to 25 and the maximum limit on checked-out items will be reduced to 50. As an avid reader, having a limit of 25 holds will likely cause problems for myself and others who like to keep up on best sellers. If you have a hold on a newly ordered book or a book by a well-liked author, that item could be on your hold list for months. Meanwhile, if you want to put a hold on that 26th item, you will need to wait until one of your 25 items comes in.

I hope Timberland Regional Library system will reconsider this downgrade in service.

Lillian Douglas


A vibrant democracy has nothing to fear

The Age of Enlightenment produced many fruitful ideas. Perhaps the sweetest notion was the belief that society should help its members achieve a full life in the pursuit of happiness, with liberty and tolerance for all.

Being human, this noble vision was flawed by the shadow realities of slavery, the inequalities of various depressions, and occasional flirting with intolerance — McCarthyism, zenophobias, nationalism, etc.

But a vibrant democracy has nothing to fear from facing into its own shortcomings. We waged various wars on poverty, created new deals to help all the citizens (e.g. Social Security, Medicare, etc.) and routinely brought the lynch mob leaders to trial.

But at the dawn of the 21st century an American axis of evil took the statue of Liberty into a dark alley and assaulted her.

There Rumsfeld, Cheney, and Gonzales had their way with her Bill of Rights. They created the cult of shock and awe and torture, borrowing freely from fascists, brain washers and grand inquisitors.

The evil-doers’ stupendous egos blind them to their horrific legacy. They have risked our ideals, our purpose, and our promise to further their private fortunes and extremist ideologies.

Are there no heroes who will stand for truth, justice and the American way?

Will no one arrest them and bring them to trial?

Martin Kimeldorf