Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for July 17

Breaching dams will add to costs

We write in response to James Wilcox’s letter to the editor.

Will he still be excited about breaching the Snake River dams when the wind is calm, the windmills aren’t turning, and we need the electricity generated by the dams ?

Will he be excited to share the roads with more than 700 trucks per day that it will take just to move grain from Montana, Idaho and Eastern Washington to Portland, Seattle or Tacoma because barges can’t get up the river?

We took out many of the railroads, and those that are left are being used to capacity during the grain-hauling season.

Will he be excited when workers in the wood products industries in the Palouse area lose their jobs because the things they produce will cost more to be shipped to Portland or other consumer areas?

PETER J. AND CLAUDIA K. MURRAY, Olympia

Work with the kids, not against them

I simply don’t understand the point of view of the dozen or so neighbors of the Olympia High School stadium who are banding together to try to limit activities at the stadium.

Activities at the stadium are coordinated events designed to encourage physical fitness, socializing and community among our young people and their families. These types of events give young people productive and safe outlets for their energy.

The neighbors chose to buy their homes near a high school with a large stadium.

If you buy near an airport, expect new runways to be built. If you buy near a forest, expect eventual building on that land. If you buy near a high school stadium, expect events.

If you want to band together to do something, how about coordinating their group with that of a student volunteer organization such as Interact and suggest litter pickup and/or parking coordination activities.

Work with the kids and their families, not against them. Teach the kids by example how to coexist instead of banning their events. They might even get to know some of them and enjoy watching their events yourselves.

KELLY AUVINEN, Olympia

Stadium use grows naturally

Once again some neighbors to Olympia High School stadium are complaining about the use of the stadium for activities for which it is designed.

It is particularly ironic that former Mayor Bob Jacobs is the leader of this group. During Jacobs term in office Olympia experienced substantial growth. With growth come increased traffic and increased demand for public recreational facilities. Athletic fields are in particularly short supply in Olympia for both youth and adults. Some of the groups being denied access to the stadium because of the unreasonable expectations of this group are the Special Olympics and Washington Senior games.

Apparently this group and Jacobs believe they should be exempt from some of the side effects of growth.

When I purchased my home off the Yelm Highway more than 20 years ago, the highway was a lightly used two-lane road. Now it is a major three-lane east-west thoroughfare through Olympia. We sometimes wait three to four minutes to turn out of my subdivision on weekday mornings because of traffic.

Inconvenient? Yes, but not unexpected.

We suspect that some of the same people complaining about the stadium also complain about the problems with today’s youth. Organized youth sports, some of which are being limited because of lack of access to the stadium, provide a structured environment that benefits the community’s children.

It is unfortunate that this group, who purchased their homes in full knowledge of the stadium and its activities, now feel they deserve special exemption from the effects of an increasing population.

BOB AND MIKI CONRAD, Olympia

Don’t insult kids from public schools

I had to write in response to Steve Shanewise’s letter regarding how home-schooled children stand out. While I realize that this is an opinion page, some of the things he said are not only inaccurate but offensive.

In his opinion, home-schooled children are smarter, more articulate, better employees and simply better than public-schooled children, period.

I don’t see how it would be possible to make this absolute kind of statement unless he knows and interacts with every home-schooled child in the area.

I don’t doubt that many homes-schooled children are bright and pleasant and have high self-esteem. But you certainly can’t say that every home-schooled child is this way nor can you say that every public-schooled child is impolite, irresponsible and not able to carry on a mature conversation.

I have a child who is articulate, bright, polite and considerate. And he’s public-schooled!

I also have talked to many kids in his school and they do not come across as bumbling idiots who can’t string two words together. According to Shanewise, if you don’t homeschool your child they are destined to become a menace to society.

Some of the other letters in response to Robert Mitchell’s column were at least more considerate of everyone and made the point that it is a family’s choice.

Directly insulting public-schooled children is simply inconsiderate and immature. Perhaps Shanewise should take some notes from all these “bright, polite, articulate” home-schooled children that he knows and add them to his own playbook.

TANYA HAROLD, Lacey

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