Tattoos, piercings have health risks
The recent Olympian front page article, “I’ve got you under my skin,” depicts an unending story of a man’s personal tribute and indelible memorial to a dear friend.
Unfortunately, the article glorified the booming tattoo industry in Olympia with a free front page promotional advertisement absent of the health risks.
The article promoted the soon to be fad of grinding human ashes into tattoo ink. One is left with the impression that this cool body art can now be sentimentally enhanced. What’s next, adding ashes of pets, plants, maybe a favorite book? Do we really need a tattoo parlor on every corner?
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The dangerous health risks of tattoos and other body piercing art needs to be understood by impressionable individuals. Tattoos and body piercing can become an obsession where many go overboard, littering their bodies with metal and polluting their skin with rivers of ink to excess.
Botched tattoos and body piercing jobs get infected and become chronic health problems. Millions of dollars are spent each year for cosmetic surgery correcting the skin and removing unwanted sentimental sojourns that become too physically and mentally painful. The Olympian tattoo article may have made an interesting human interest story, but only if it was responsibly balanced concerning health risks and certainly not the caliber for front page material.
Maybe The Olympian, in its journalistic style, can do a feature article on individuals who have suffered physically, mentally, and financially via tattoos and body piercing. The community certainly deserves better.
DANIEL C. WALTERS, Olympia
Isthmus is an indicator issue
Should voters choose candidates for the Olympia City Council based on their views on the isthmus? A recent (7/22) letter to the editor decries the very notion. While it might seem that the isthmus is a single issue, it in fact is an “indicator” issue, standing for a cluster of values. Ask whether the candidate:
Understands that the Capitol and its setting belong to all the citizens of the state.
Respects the views of the six living former governors and the former secretary of state, who call for protection of the iconic views.
Realizes that state legislators have invested millions of taxpayers’ dollars in Heritage Park and the surrounding area, for the enjoyment of Washington’s citizens.
Honors public opinion. About 80 percent of the testimony at public hearings opposed raising height limits.
Has an historical appreciation of the original plans (Wilder and White, architects, and the Olmsteds, landscape architects), for the Capitol; understands that grand designs take time to bring to fruition.
Sees the need for coordinated planning of our entire downtown with meaningful public involvement.
Can work effectively with our state representatives to take advantage of their ability to bring state resources to help with City projects.
Can provide patient collaborative leadership to forge creative win-win solutions to complicated disagreements.
Understands that we can accommodate growth, enhance the vibrancy and safety of our downtown, and help businesses, too, by protecting the broad vistas that make Olympia unique.
Yes, many values coalesce on the isthmus.
EMILY RAY, Olympia