Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for Sept. 20

Estuary is teeming with life

I have been following the letters to the editor concerning the return of Capitol Lake to an estuary with great interest. I am in full favor of the estuary.

Craig Chepl says in his letter he doesn’t know anyone who wants the lake returned to a mud flat. I am almost 78 years of age and the very best times of my life were spent on this so-called mud flats.

At this very moment in time, the great Nisqually River delta is being transformed back to its natural state, and I am delighted to see it.

I have lived in the Puget Sound and Hood Canal area all my life, and I have seen the damage done from making lakes where they do not belong, ruining all sorts of fishing and bird life.

It costs us taxpayers millions to keep Capitol Lake free of unwanted warm water plant life. The return of the estuary to its natural state would make a place for children to see and study the things I learned 70 years ago without traveling for miles.

For you birders, eagles and other bird life would thrive on the thousands of salt marsh inhabitants.

I have kept quiet for a long time, but now that a panel has suggested the return of the estuary, I want them to know I will cast my vote in their favor.



Port uses tricky accounting practices

I’m giving thumbs down to The Olympian for giving thumbs up to the Port of Olympia, falsely stating that the port generated a profit of nearly $440,000, mainly from revenues generated by increased activity at the marine terminal.

The port does not make a profit, and this is especially true for the marine terminal. If you look at the financial statements filed with the state auditor, you will see that the port had a loss of $3.1 million in 2008.

The marine terminal is seriously in debt. The port spent $3 million getting the terminal ready for Weyerhaeuser, $4 million to purchase and construct the terminal cranes (which are never used). The port never factors depreciation into the mix because they go to the taxpayers for this money when they need it. The port even has the audacity to collect $4.5 million a year in taxes and to call this “revenue.”

The fact is, the port is a heavily subsidized activity and has never made a profit. For The Olympian to report a profit at the port, especially attributing it to the marine terminal, is stupid and misleading.

The public expects The Olympian, especially the editorial staff, to report the reality of port finances, not to become a shill for their tricky accounting practices.

We need changes at the port. I want accurate and public minded accounting practices at the port. I’m voting for Dave Peeler for port commissioner. One of his goals is to open the port’s books.



What about the real people?

The lack of a public option, coupled with fines for not having health care coverage, makes the House and the Senate look like it is run by my 21/2-year old granddaughter.

How about some representation of the people and a lot less representation of the health care industry for a change.



Meetings were educational

I have been to two town hall meetings, with Reps. Adam Smith and Brian Baird. Both were run differently, but the anti-government voices were the same.

They parrot Fox News or Lyndon Larouch talking points: i.e. death panels, VA death packets, no choice in doctors, tort reform, and the government’s inability to run anything.

Sadly, as each point is debunked they continue to scream.

The town hall meetings are to learn about these bills, but it appears some only want to be disruptive. While there are things I like and dislike in these bills, I listened and learned at both events.

Further, it seems that many of the vocal opponents of a public option get public health care. Two of them both worked for the government in military careers. They got paychecks from the government, and housing and health care as well.

One thinks that Medicare should not be an option: he believes it unconstitutional.

The second left the military to work in public schools. It looks like his life of government employment and health care convinced him government doesn’t work for the rest of us.

Would they give up their VA benefits?

At Congressman Smith’s town hall, there were Medicare recipients who also think government shouldn’t be involved — except, perhaps for their benefits.

What I saw was “I got mine.”

Or, as Sen. Jim DeMint said, “Health care is a privilege, not a right.”

Where does the senator get his health care?