Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for Aug. 6

City Council lacks common sense

Our Olympia City Council has not put our town first in any of its decision making, even after spending money for outside consultants.

The parking garage needs to be close to the downtown city bus terminal — just like Tacoma.

It is working well there — why do we need to pay money to get opinions of people from Seattle?

If the garage is close to the downtown bus terminal, people can get on city transit to get closer to work, shopping, etc.

Ask local people who would use the garage.

This is why I am not voting for any of the people who are now on our City Council. They lack common sense.

SHIRLEY HARPER, Olympia

Ask doctors for input on health reform

Here’s an idea. Ask your doctor what he thinks of the new health care plan – while you can still find a doctor.

VIRGINIA SHUPP, Olympia

GOP should stop pointing fingers at Obama

About national health care, I have been watching C-SPAN on TV. It seems most all Republicans are against national health care. Why? Because they already have it, for themselves and family, paid for by everyone’s taxes. They should forgo their tax-paid health care and go buy their own in the “private” market.

Then they stand there and point a finger at Obama and ask, “Where are the jobs?” Well, if they would put their heads back in the light, they would know where the jobs are. The jobs are in China, India and Mexico to name a few countries. We are becoming a country that doesn’t make anything. And it is the Republicans that have us in two no-win wars. We didn’t learn anything from Vietnam.

RONALD WHITELEY, Tumwater

Cathey's meeting attendance questioned

I attended the Tumwater City council meeting on July 21 as a private citizen to bring up some important points about Joan Cathey’s record on intergovernmental work. I was gaveled down by Mayor Osgood, and therefore was denied the opportunity to speak in the public forum.

I have been watching and reading about how Councilmember Cathey wants to extend the mayor’s influence outside of Tumwater, so I started doing a little more research on her intergovernmental work. I checked out her record on the 911/CAPCOM Committee; I learned that out of 11 meetings during her time as a Tumwater representative, she attended twice in a full year’s time.

I also called the Intercity Transit Authority, and the representative there told me that Joan Cathey never even showed up for one meeting, and that they had to call the mayor’s office to get her replaced.

Councilmember Cathey, could you please tell us why you choose not to fullfill your obligations to intergovernmental work representing the citizens of Tumwater, and why we should elect you mayor if you can’t work these assignments?

TAMMY WESTON, Tumwater

Death penalty raises ethical questions

Thank you for the recent editorial on the death penalty and its ramifications. We so often simply allow bad policy to continue because we don’t take time to think about it. It is more than ironic that a nation which proclaims itself a democracy seeks retribution through the death penalty when societies which we consider “uncivilized” have abandoned such an unfair system long ago.

Do we not know that the death penalty does not deter capital offences? Are we unaware of wrongful executions?

Do we not understand how vulnerable the mentally ill are to the death penalty? Can we not treat mental illness instead of punishing those who have slipped into violence when they were off their meds or off the radar of the police? Is not the manufacture and availability of guns a contributor to the crimes society attempts to quell?

Do we insist on playing God, a vengeful God, seeking to eliminate the few human beings who are so poor or so marginalized that they cannot evade what most people who commit capital offences elude?

These are questions any ethical person must inevitably face. It is not naive to conclude that citizens of our state and other states which cling to the death penalty are themselves acting criminally when they decide to take life?

As Albert Camus’ character Tarrou said in “The Plague”: “We are all more or less innocent murderers.”

DON FORAN, Olympia

Plenty of blame to go around in Cambridge

Quickly, regarding the Cambridge police incident:

Whether one is an EMT at the scene of an accident, or a law enforcement officer at the scene of a disturbance, it is up to the authority present to control the scene, not the patient or suspect/person of interest. For an authority to say that the subject (e.g., patient or suspect) was the one in control of the situation, is already to concede that such authority has failed, by abdication or incompetence or both, in his or her responsibility.

The officer in charge of disposing of the call to the professor’s home, by his own admission, failed to control a common situation of verbal back-and-forth.

The situation was, indeed — in a word — stupid.

WILL FIDLEMAN, Olympia

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