Lacey council, manager merit support
We live in the Hawks Prairie community and feel confident that our neighbors, all 7,500 strong, share our beliefs about the need for Fire Station 35 to serve and protect us.
On behalf of these residents, may we express our gratitude for the tireless efforts of the Lacey City Council to reopen Station 35. Their action places our safety as one of the highest priorities of the council, clearly the right decision for Hawks Prairie and for every Lacey resident.
Their subsequent decision to create a fire department for Lacey places control and accountability where it belongs: with the leaders we elect.
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We are proud indeed of the City Council and Greg Cuoio, city manager, for consistently making the right decisions.
Their leadership confirms the wisdom of Lacey’s voters who elected the council to guide us through difficult times.
It’s a pleasure to support the Lacey City Council and our city manager.
RICHARD SOVDE, Lacey
Don’t turn Capitol Lake into estuary
The State Capitol Committee and the Legislature should vote to maintain Capitol Lake as the reflecting pool it was designed to be by the state Capitol Campus architects, the Olmsted Brothers and Wilder and White.
The City Beautiful design of the campus requires a 24/7 lake to reflect the beauty of the Capitol dome day and night.
As our fair capital city’s greatest tourist attraction, the campus experience of our visitors would be diminished when the mud flats are exposed, if a tidal estuary is allowed to replace the lake.
The cost of the dredging necessary to maintain the lake can and should be shared by those entities that benefit — the state, the port, the marinas, and the cities of Olympia and Tumwater.
The model for our Capitol Campus, the National Mall in Washington, D.C., used to be a tidal marsh of the Potomac River. We should no more consider turning the Tidal Basin and Reflecting Pool, in front of the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials back to an estuary there, than we should destroy Capitol Lake here.
Sometimes, the creations of humankind are more beautiful than those of nature, and we should be willing to pay to maintain that beauty.
ALLEN MILLER, Olympia
President Obama is our nanny
No longer can we afford to think of ourselves as individual citizens who live in the USA. Now it’s imperative we think of ourselves as a collection of government- dependent children living in the land of “US.”
President Obama, and his advisers, know what’s best for those of us wanting desperately to “hold on to our guns and our religion.”
The president, and his loyal Democrat minions in Congress, created more debt in the last six months than the government created over the previous 30 years. Obviously, we’re not even smart enough to know the best way to dig ourselves out of a ditch is to dig the ditch deeper and deeper.
In a brilliant move, he brought six tax cheats into his Cabinet to monitor the IRS, and 700 new tax collectors to catch the tax cheats squirreling away their billions in offshore bank accounts.
He selected a 30-year-old law school drop-out, with no management experience, to be our new “car czar.”
Obviously he knows something we, in our immaturity, don’t know.
I’m so pleased the president fulfilled his campaign promise to make the government more responsive to the people, by hiring three or four of these new czars to join the other 11 czars reporting directly to him in running the private businesses he’s nationalizing.
Well, we can all relax now, thank goodness, because we adults, who have had more responsibility than we could handle, are now considered children and have a nanny to take care of us.
MIKE MALLINGER, Olympia
Obama: Stay out of Israel’s affairs
I write in regards to President Obama telling Israel to stop building in the West Bank.
Obama needs to keep his nose out of Israel’s affairs. He has enough problems with the mess the United States is in. No one died and left him dictator.
He is both arrogant and ignorant. If he knew the Bible, he would know that Israel was promised to the Jews and this includes the West Bank, the Golan Heights, the Gaza strip and Jerusalem.
This includes the site of the Dome of the Rock, which is the future site of the third temple where God and the messiah will reside. No one and nothing can prevent that.
Israel unfortunately has both secular and weak leadership and keeps bowing to U.S. pressure. It needs someone who has the backbone of Golda Meir and the heart of David to follow God’s commands.
But considering Obama’s Muslim heritage, his attitude comes as no surprise.
Samuel Jacobs, Olympia