Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for Aug. 15

America is a country of freedom

Responses to Pastor Curt Bidwell’s essay “Religion imbues our history” caught my eye. The responses had great insight depending on what side of the fence you are standing. Like many Americans, I believe “do unto others.” If you’re not hurting anyone, what is the problem? Marry whom you want. Everyone is responsible for their own actions. If you do the crime, you do the time. Life in prison or a death sentence. Yes, I support capital punishment. You can own a gun and still vote for a Democrat.

For me, freedom to choose is more important than what religion our president may or may not be. Or what color — male or female.

I welcome anyone to lead this great nation who is willing to take responsibility for their actions, and looks at the best interest of our people as a whole — not a president who hides behind religion or the constitution.

As long as our nation continues to argue over whose religion is best, and the ideas of men, whose words have been misinterpreted constantly, we will not make progress. The best interest of this country is served when we all look at our beginnings. We are a melting pot. I am proud to live in a country of freedom. Those who attempt to spread fear, if you are not proud, or are afraid of this country, no one is stopping you from leaving.

SHAWN F. SMITH, Lacey

Red tape can be a problem with DSHS

This letter is prompted by the recent article by Olympian reporter Brad Shannon. The subject was the Department of Social and Health Services.

In an effort to assist a young man recently released from prison and new to this area, my wife and I invited him to live with us as he begins to build a new life.

Prior to his release, his counselor suggested that he contact DSHS for food assistance until he was gainfully employed.

We drove to the Tumwater office where my friend completed the required forms. He was assured that he would receive notice of time and date for his interview.

Sure enough, the notice arrived. It indicated that he would be interviewed July 14 at 2:30 p.m. The only real problem was that the notice arrived July 16, in an enveloped postmarked July 15.

A second notice arrived July 17, postmarked July 16, indicating that he had missed his scheduled interview and that he should phone to reschedule.

He phoned in order to explain how he happened to miss his appointment. The response was, “Sorry, that’s been happening a lot lately and we’re working on it.” I would hope so!

I will be happy to hear from DSHS management, providing the explanation does not involve “computer error, too few employees, or too little money.”

For the record, the young man is now gainfully employed, doing well and fortunately, no longer in need of assistance.

KEN MICHAEL, Lacey

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