Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for Sept. 14

City needs an instrument library

Imagine a place where our children can learn music for free. Imagine borrowing a tuba to record tracks on your country album. Imagine the population of people living on the street containing natural guitar teachers.

This can be a reality.

I propose the creation of the first ever city of Olympia musical instrument library and free practice space.

Most parents I think go through a fantasy of their child becoming a musical genius. They might even pump classical music into baby’s ears like fertilizer, or begin weekly lessons at the age of 4.

But time has shown that this commonly leads to eventual disinterest somewhere around the time of adolescence. For the next 40 years the person will regret not following their own path in music.

The best answer to this problem is free universal access to a library of musical instruments and willing volunteer teachers. The entire operation would function on the principle of volunteerism and donations.

My next weirdo proposal: The city condemns the old KFC building at the bottom of the 5th Avenue bridge. We can turn the parking lot into an outdoor performance space surrounded by gardens.

Why not?

I would argue that the current building’s use qualifies it as the most boring place in Olympia. This contrasts its prime location, and it certainly pollutes our atmosphere with meaninglessness as much as other condemned properties pollute streams with chemicals.

Please, think about it, and trust the little idealist voice somewhere deep within you.

DYLAN CLIFTHORNE

Olympia

Obama has had a terrible record

I’m not sure how liberals think based on their recent actions.

When Bush mangled the word “nuclear” he was called an idiot. When Obama goes to a school and says that he has been to 57 of the 58 states, he is genius. Obama can’t give any speech without a teleprompter, but it’s OK.

Bush fights a war and runs a budget deficit of 2 percent of GDP. He is reckless and damaging our future. The Olympian was filled with letters to this effect.

Obama more that triples the deficit in one year to 13 percent of GDP, and he is great.

We have a secretary of the Treasury who doesn’t pay taxes, but it’s OK.

Obama and the Democrats push through a $750 billion pork-laden stimulus bill that had not even been read and that’s wonderful.

Remember, if we didn’t pass it the unemployment rate would go to 8.6 percent? It is now almost 10 percent.

I’m sure the $8 billion to ACORN is helping.

Obama proposes a budget with more than 8,000 earmarks (after he campaigned against them), but it’s OK.

In the foreign affairs arena Obama is a disaster. During his apology tour, he bows to the king of Saudi Arabia, which has never been done by any president, but it’s OK.

Obama overturns decades of consistent bipartisan anti-nuclear stance with Iran without a thought, but it’s OK.

As his approval ratings sink below 50 percent, more people are seeing that the emperor has no clothes.

PAUL ABBOTT

Olympia

America has become too polarized

It feels like things are finally starting to get out of hand in this country, politically.

Personal morals and opinions are dictating American debate more than facts. Anger and viciousness are really beginning to explode — see the town hall meetings with people shrieking about their opinions, rather than speaking as adults as an example.

There are the pro-lifers putting up photos of fetuses, which seems ironic to me, since according to their own philosophy that is child pornography.

And did anyone ever, in a million years, think Rush Limbaugh would be the leader of the Republican Party? What business does a rabid, radical, divisive person like him have being the leader of the GOP?

The moderate elected officials of this country need to start reigning in the radicals and reclaiming power and thus show the people that there IS another option besides picking a side like it’s some grade school recess game.

I hope one day the phrase “Let’s agree to disagree” will come back into play. I hope one day people will remember again the fact that others have the RIGHT to their opinions, and they’re not WRONG because of them.

What makes a free nation is the ability to think independently and disagree without retribution, whatever form it may take.

I hope the “moderacy” of America — the melting pot of ideas — might return and bring back with it our respect, honor and reason, which we collectively lost in the “You’re either with us or against us” years.

JONATHAN AMMONS

Olympia

Thomas Jefferson was right

I write concerning our modern health care dilemma.

We need to revisit some of Thomas Jefferson’s thoughts. While in France in 1787 Madison (in America) was reporting to him about political disruption in Massachusetts over taxation.

Jefferson said, “The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. ... I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere. If the happiness of the mass of the people can be secured at the expense of a little tempest now and then, or even of a little blood, it will be a precious purchase.”

Thank God people are rising up and making their voices heard. Complacency will destroy us.

DENNIS GROSS

Olympia

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