Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for Sept. 8

Don’t cave in to the shouters

A short history lesson.

In 1930 a small group of radical politicians in a country far away lost dramatically in a political election. They sat down to determine how they could establish their agenda in the face of that defeat. They determined they must intimidate the population into voting for them, so they began to send select members to various town meetings to shout down the population. They eventually even dressed their members in garb easily recognized.

It worked!

The general population was intimidated, did not attend the meetings, and the group was able through lies and half truths to enlarge their constituency. They had a very vocal and opinionated leader, who was very good at spin and he spun a web of deception that eventually captivated the world.

His name was Adolf Hitler, and his policies were fascism, intimidation and eventually the destruction of democracy.

Republicans first made the word “liberal” dirty. Now they want to make “socialism” dirty. Even “health care” now is a dirty word.

They don’t care about other’s problems. They don’t care about facts. They just care about themselves and money. It’s time to speak up or they will shout us out.



Estuary is another name for stink hole

“Estuary, what a nice name for mud flats,” states my wife over a cup of coffee as she visits the current letters to the editor.

With her statement, I wondered how much of the discovery money was spent on getting the name right. You know, so they could put a sweet spin on the idea.

$1 million? $2 million? Hopefully no more than that!

What do you suppose were some of the other names on the table? “Tidal pools?” “Marsh?” “Stink hole?”

Ahhh, ESTUARY. Sounds heavenly and angelic, doesn’t it?

I personally like the lake. I admire it daily. I don’t go over the 4th Avenue bridge without looking at it. The lake is attractive to one’s eye.

It’s my opinion that this city needs attractive landmarks to attract people to it, especially to the downtown business core. I’ve not talked to one person that’s in favor of the return of the downtown mud flats.

If it’s at all important to them, perhaps the people of this fine city will pay attention to which way the politicians sway on this topic when voting time comes around.



Judge should be held accountable

Will someone please explain to me why the federal lawyer who participated in writing the opinions that led to abuse of prisoners contrary to national and international law will not be held responsible for his endorsement.

I am speaking of Jay Bybee, who was given a post on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals — our district — as a reward from President Bush for his professional betrayal allowing torture of prisoners.

A man without professional ethics or morals sits in judgment on our fellow Washington state citizens.

Let him be tried by a panel of his peers, and then let him experience what he endorsed for the punishment/interrogation of others.

Why are the immoral lawyers exempt?



Find a way to save the lake

We would like to second the comments of letter writers Allen Miller and Maureen Callaghan.

Being state Capitol “wonks,” we have traveled to 44 state Capitols over the past 50 years. None can compare to our Capitol and the natural beauty of its surroundings. Capitol Lake contributes greatly to that beauty.

We hope some way can be found to preserve and enhance the beauty of the Capitol complex and this includes the retention of Capitol Lake.



Let Capitol Campus revert to nature

In the spirit of the thinking of advocates who want to turn Capitol Lake into an estuary, let me propose an extension of the back-to-nature drive. Allow the Capitol Campus grounds to revert to their natural state, too.

The gains are obvious.

The men and women who mow the lawns and tend the flower beds can be laid off, reducing our tax burden. Noise and air pollution from the lawn mowers will be gone and the area’s carbon footprint will be smaller.

Over time, we can all enjoy watching the acres around the Capitol return to their natural forested state.

Think of the fireweed blooms. Perhaps some Scotch broom over near the Temple of Justice. Soon towering banks of the Himalayan blackberry will arrive. Kids will love the new Olympia Blackberry Festival, soon to be an August highlight.

Alders will show themselves in a few years and eventually, evergreens will emerge. In 100 years or so, the unsightly General Administration Building will be hidden by towering firs, spruces, and hemlocks.

What sort of critters, large and small, will return? Mountain beaver? Deer? Bear? Some homeless in a forest glen?

Tourist traffic drawn to be Capitol building today may diminish somewhat, but the beauty of the wilderness may draw others.

Somehow, all of this will undoubtedly help the salmon runs coming up the estuary. If you like the estuary, you will love the new Capitol Forest.