Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for Aug. 17

Walking trail doesn’t need a fence

Lacey is at it again.

The railroad line that used to parallel Pacific Avenue has served as an open walking trail since it was abandoned. The rails and ties were replaced with paving, some decorative shrubs were added and people enjoyed it. Nothing more was needed to avoid interfering with businesses along the way.

The city has a contractor prepping the old right-of-way for fencing. Even when there were trains using the track, this kind of restriction wasn’t necessary. Now that Lacey owns the property, we have to protect against those businesses trespassing? Really? Just another example of the kind of decision-making that puts established businesses at risk by imposing unnecessary burdens. More often than not, actions by the city challenge private pursuit of business success. Seems a bit out of focus to me. This kind of planning is why we must change the leadership of our Lacey City Council.

RON LAWSON, Lacey City Council candidate, Position No. 6

Latest Eyman measure makes sense

“Tim Eyman’s latest ballot measure could leave Washington in a position like California, cash-strapped with IOUs, and unable to restore money needed for public schools,” Gov. Chris Gregoire said Tuesday.

And you know what? More than half of my astronomically escalating property tax goes for public schools. And you know what? California’s problem is largely a result of unbridled state benefits for illegals. And you know what? Gregoire is far more likely to bring us to a position like California than is Eyman. And you know what? Eyman reflects the opinion of the majority of citizens who work and pay their own way. And you know what? The governor would do well to listen to Tim Eyman.

DAN VAN MECHELEN, Olympia

Obama’s popularity is in decline

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I noticed President Obama is starting his inevitable slide in the polls. I even saw one this morning showing him under 50 percent. As the country slides into ever-increasing deficits, people are finally waking up to the reality of where the country is headed and frankly, more and more don’t like it.

The stimulus package is a very expensive failure because it stimulated nothing except increased debt. When I hear elected officials saying they never even read it before they voted on it, it makes me wonder how they keep their jobs.

Unemployment continues to rise with no fix in sight.

I am just waiting for the news media to get off the bandwagon and start asking serious questions. News conferences are now similar to the love-ins of the 1960s. Compare news conferences of the last president and this one and try to make a case for media objectivity, with a straight face that is.

Now health care is the next step toward socialism, and the only thing between passing and stopping this government-run fiasco from happening is the people. I have a funny feeling many elected officials are in for some trouble during the next congressional recess.

DAVID BELL, Olympia

Americans find strength in prayer

A recent letter decried the Capitol prayer rally as “silly and inept.” George Washington’s General Orders of November 27, 1779 note a differing view:

“The Honorable Congress has been pleased to pass the following proclamation:

Whereas it becomes us humbly to approach the throne of Almighty God, with gratitude and praise for the wonders which his goodness has wrought in conducting our forefathers to this western world; for his protection to them and to their posterity amid difficulties and dangers; for raising us, their children, from deep distress to be numbered among the nations of the Earth; and for arming the hands of just and mighty princes in our deliverance. ...

RESOLVED, That it be recommended to the several states, to appoint Thursday, the 9th of December next, to be a day of public and solemn thanksgiving to Almighty God for his mercies, and of prayer for the continuance of his favor and protection to these United States; That he would in mercy look down upon us, pardon our sins and receive us into his favor. ...”

Our economic recession warns of how far this nation has descended into materialism, greed and self-interest. We remain a free nation able to correct our descent, if we so choose, because of the prayers of previous generations of Americans. We owe it to future generations of Americans to persevere in prayer that these United States might continue in Almighty God’s mercy, favor and protection.

Prayer is this nation’s heritage and strength.

JANN COFFMAN, Olympia

Obama has changed his tune

As a candidate, Barack Obama campaigned throughout the country speaking and listening to the people.

His timely message of comprehensive reform was enthusiastically received, and he won the people’s endorsement with a mandate.

As president, Barack Obama is listening to a different choir, and not the choir that elected him. He needs to be the president the people thought they were electing.

AUGUST FROMUTH, Olympia

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