No need to apologize to Japanese
I write in reference to the recent story in The Olympian on the “Journey of Repentance.”
Apologize to the Japanese for dropping the atomic bombs in World War II — NEVER!
Remember all the things the Japanese did during their occupation of China and the Philippines? The rape of Nanking, the killing of more Chinese than the Germans did during their time in Europe and the Bataan Death March.
I was a member of the 25th Infantry Division in the South Pacific. After the war was over we learned that our division was slated to be the beach head for the invasion of Japan. We all fully believed that every man, woman and child would be armed with whatever was available to use against us.
None of the veterans of the South Pacific campaigns have any qualms about the dropping of those two bombs. They saved untold numbers of Allied lives.
JACK GRUBB, Olympia
Palin should focus on her son
Amid the brouhaha surrounding Sarah Palin’s resignation as governor of Alaska, I have not seen or heard one mention in the media of her one year-old Down syndrome child, Trig.
It is precisely in the first few years of life that these special needs children start to show their lag in development. The recognition of this delay is perhaps even more devastating than the initial news of their extra chromosome.
Perhaps Palin is just now realizing the extra work she will have to do in raising Trig to be as independent as possible. She will need as many resources as she can muster.
My family was overwhelmed by the birth of my Down syndrome brother and still are after 43 years.
Will Palin be working to bring services to the families of life-long dependent children? Will she help the Republican Party roust that sleeping compassionate conservatism our previous president once conjured up? If Trig is not the primary reason for his mother’s resignation from public office, then she is even flakier than I thought.
CAROLYN STREET LAFOND, Olympia
It’s time to dump the regal rulers
It seems to me that our Olympia City Council has reigned as royals rather than administered as representatives.
The best example of this is the disdain shown in not listening to a very large number of citizens who were opposed to the rezoning of the isthmus.
Oops, I misspoke.
The best example of this disdain would be when one of the council members thought he was secretly communicating with friends on the city’s computer during a council meeting rather than being engaged in council business.
He believed he was cleverly fooling the citizens in attendance and they would think this was business as usual.
Well, it really looks as if he may have been right — this was business as usual!
Our forefathers had a problem with English royal rule and solved it. I think it is time that we take their lead and have a peaceful revolution here in Olympia to get rid of our regal rulers.
This can be done by use of the ballot rather than the musket.
This next election let us, the citizens, take back our city councils by voting for those who will listen to the people and not just rule by what has seemed royal whim.
LENNA HAFERLAND, Olympia
Be very wary of cap and trade
Cap and trade has passed. The left is euphoric.
How many of you are aware that Obama suppressed a report by the EPA that clearly shows the bill was unnecessary?
This legislation is about absolute power, not the environment. How can senators and representatives that demonized corporations, during the Bush administration and the presidential campaign, vote for a bill that enriches those same corporations and adds a huge tax burden to all citizens? Estimates range from $1,600 to $3,000 per household if the bill passes in the Senate.
I’ve been told that Democrats support the working man, right? Then why are there generous unemployment benefits buried — page 781 — in the body of the bill while Obama promises thousands of new “green” jobs?
Ask the Spaniards how that works. They, too, were promised green jobs if they pursued an energy program that would save the environment. In reality, Spain lost 2.5 jobs for every green job created. I don’t consider that a good trade-off.
The Department of Energy was established by Jimmy Carter in 1977. Its goal was to wean us off foreign oil. We still pay five times or more for foreign oil than it would cost us to drill and use our own. Why trust this administration to do any better than Carter did?
It will never happen. The only way to regulate global environment is through global governance. Do you really want to give your government over to the U.N?
GREG SQUIRES, Olympia