Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for Aug. 2

Prayer doesn’t work

There are suffering people in Washington who looked at the Capitol prayer rally as silly and inept. I am one of those who see it that way.

I could go on and on with a plethora of examples, the Templeton Foundation’s prayer study being one of them, showing that nothing fails like prayer, but I’ll just briefly point to our U.S. Congress for this short appeal to readers’ and Gov. Chris Gregoire’s political common sense.

Congress has had a prayer before each session for decades asking for wisdom and guidance.

Time and again, wisdom has not prevailed with the most recent proof being our great recession and failing economy. Past prayers failed to keep us out of this mess. Absolutely no wisdom was bestowed, plain and simple. It didn’t work and thousands of foolish people praying before God and Gov. Gregoire at the Capitol won’t work either.

Gov. Gregoire should take note. I suggest that had the U.S. congressional time spent on prayer was spent on honest thinking, checks and balances, oversight, regulation of the financial institutions and thwarting the loss of 40,000 manufacturing plants, we then might all be experiencing real peace and prosperity, and not a fake feeling inside that a god is watching over us because we happened to raise our hands skyward and pray to this sugar daddy in the sky — a daddy that is apparently most inept and clearly out of sugar.

DARRELL BARKER, Olympia

Imagine Lakefair fireworks over a swamp

A short time ago I read two seemingly unrelated stories in the paper.

The first bit of startling news is that after an amazingly expensive study commissioned by regional leaders, it was decided that doing no maintenance at all to Capitol Lake, letting it revert to an estuary, would be cheaper than maintaining it as a lake.

The second story lamented the fact that a buyer cannot be found for the old Department of Corrections building next to the lake.

I don’t want to jump to any conclusions, but could it be that no developer wants to invest in a building that will eventually overlook a swamp?

Have any of our elected officials read enough city history to learn why the tide flats were turned into a lake? The simple answer is because the whole area smelled and looked awful.

Perhaps one man’s swamp is another man’s estuary, but is there any reason to believe that things will be different this time?

Is there a tide flat on Earth that doesn’t stink approximately half the day? Is there a swamp anywhere that doesn’t breed mosquitoes?

I am told that the city of Olympia doesn’t have enough money to maintain the lake as a lake. Obviously this isn’t so, as there is plenty of money for a new City Hall and a new park on West Bay Drive.

I’m trying to imagine Lakefair fireworks over a swamp.

Maybe we just need some history lessons.

JON KIME, Olympia

Let individuals purchase add-on insurance

Simple health care proposal:

1) Create a very basic, high-deductible, catastrophic-event, government health care policy that pays for major medical events only. Include everyone and pay for it with taxes. No one would ever again lose their home or be denied life-saving procedures.

It would be cheap because it would be “single payer” and would include the whole pool of healthy and unhealthy people, sharing the risk universally. And billing would be simple for hospitals who would be guaranteed payment.

2) Middle class and wealthy consumers would pay for routine illness events out of pocket, just like getting your car repaired, or they could purchase add-on insurance from private companies, as they choose.

3) Poor people would get extra coverage for routine illnesses as welfare or in free government or charity clinics. There will always be people who are so poor that they can’t contribute anything.

Wouldn’t this solve everything at modest cost to the public, or I am just simple-minded?

FELIX MAHR, Olympia

Cap Med merits chance to compete

I write in response to article “Testimony taken to heart.”

I’ll admit it. I work for Capital Medical Center. I work for the hospital that is in direct competition with Providence St. Peter Hospital. We want to save lives. We want to prevent and treat heart disease.

We have a dedicated, highly trained, emergency team on stand-by right now ready to save lives.

I know what you’re thinking: “But it’s 1 a.m.”

We know. We do most of our work in the off hours.

A great deal of St. Peter’s administration don’t want patients to know that though. We work these hours because heart attacks don’t wait for the office to open, and we save critical, unstable, emergent patient’s lives 24/7.

We do this without surgical back up. We have been doing it for years and we do it well.

We want to serve our community during business hours now, like we used to. Ask yourself why we shouldn’t be allowed to, then share your voice with the community.

We are competition and we deserve the chance to show that.

Get involved Olympia! It’s your heart. It’s your forced lack of choice on the chopping block.

GINA ARLAND, Olympia

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