Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for Aug. 11

Movie captions would benefit more people

I am extending a big “thank you” to Stephen Roldan for writing the article in the Friday, July 24 Olympian concerning open-captioned movies.

As a deaf woman living in Olympia I know firsthand how frustrating it is to “catch a flick.”

A few months ago, I told my husband that when the new “Star Trek” movie is captioned, we’ll go on a date for dinner and a movie (or lunch since the open-captioned movies are often not shown in the evening).

Unfortunately, it never became captioned and I’m still waiting for my “date” to happen.

Why not have all movies be captioned, even if they are not used in every showing? I’m willing to bet that the theaters will see an increase in viewership and profits. If this happens they’ll see that captioning is not a distraction. Keep in mind that kids can benefit from it as they learn to read and elders who may have lost some of their hearing certainly appreciate the text. I’m not asking for anything special, just the chance to go on a date with my husband and catch the latest flick. Is that too much to ask?



More health insurance isn’t the answer

People don’t need health insurance, people need health care. All this talk about a public option is just a ruse for “we don’t know what to do so we’ll do something”. If the cost is an issue ($1 trillion) then perhaps we can’t afford the public option. Besides, how much health care occurs when people are trying to get their treatment approved by a government bureaucracy?

The public option should be one similar to public school districts. Locally controlled, federally supported which gives basic health care, maternity care, emergency care, and dignified end of life care to those in need. These services should be paid for by local taxing districts. If a community wanted to go for a more extensive safety net it could levy additional taxes for their local community health services.

Why tax an entire country for something that’s the responsibility of a community to take care of its citizens.

So the solution isn’t more health insurance. The solution is more health care. How about leaving the insurance companies and their outrageous profits behind and let them become a footnote in health care reform?



Religious right needs a history lesson

Gosh sakes, I sure wish these religious extremists would pay attention in history class. I can’t figure where they get this stuff, probably from those crazy looking and crazy sounding TV preachers.

Look, in the late 1770’s in Virginia, the Anglican Church was very powerful. Jefferson and Madison, (remember them?), worked very closely with Presbyterians, Baptists and Methodists, these last two, the fastest growing American denominations.

According to Harvey J. Kaye, the author of Thomas Paine and the Promise of America, their “chief supporter was the Reverend John Leland, an energetic Baptist revivalist and crusader for the separation of church and state”. Without Leland there very well might not be a First Amendment. And this fellow, I repeat, was a Baptist preacher! What has changed since the American Revolution? Extreme religionists like Van Mechelen now want exactly what the Americans fled from Britain to escape, that is, the politicians and preachers telling the citizens what they should believe. Religion is the business of the individual only, nobody, but nobody, should interfere with someone else’s religion or lack of religion.

Note: This pure unadulterated junk about Obama being a Muslim is simply too dumb to deserve comment.



Metered parking will hurt businesses

I disagree with your recent editorial lauding the Olympia City Council on their actions regarding parking in downtown.

Your position was that since employees of downtown businesses take up the free zone parking spaces, then those spaces need to be eliminated. Instead, install meters and charges. What about the city expanding free parking zones? Instead, you seem to think, as does the council, that charging a minimum $1 fee for parking will bring more people downtown. Does this make sense? And what’s wrong with employees parking downtown? Would you rather not have employees? They have to park somewhere. There just aren’t enough spots for all.

I find it difficult to find parking downtown, paid or otherwise, that is within a reasonable walking distance to the stores and within range of carrying my purchases back to the vehicle. More enlightened towns have free parking lots scattered throughout their downtown areas. Maybe, Olympia could buy some of the existing Diamond lots that gouge downtown patrons either with costs or tickets. Why doesn’t anyone state the obvious? The city wants the money from parking. It’s all about money into the city’s coffers, not support of the business establishment. What amazes me is the silence of the downtown merchants. Why aren’t they outraged over the need for more and free parking? Wouldn’t they rather see the patron money go to them? Never mind. At least I can park at the malls. And for free.