Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for Sept. 29

Where are mosquitoes at low tide?

I’ve noticed some large signs hanging around parts of Olympia saying, “No Estuary Swamp” with a picture of a large mosquito on it.

These make about as much sense as signs saying, “No Tropical Coniferous Forests” with a picture of a large musk ox on it. Obviously, these people do not have any knowledge of science.

First, they have no idea of what a swamp or an estuary is. And as for the breeding habits of the mosquito, it truly shows their lack of knowledge.

Has anyone seen swarms of mosquitoes near any tide flat at low tide? These people are using the same negative scare tactics without any basis in fact to influence your decision. I thought that ended with the Bush era.

It’s time to use reason.

On one hand, you could be in favor of the lake for its aesthetics and the cost of what dredging the silt out of Budd Inlet would cost — not including the cost of possibly losing the marina.

And who would foot the bill — the city, the marina, who?

On the other hand, an estuary is the natural way to cleanse the waterway, and with it you would have a better salmon habitat along with the benefit to wildlife.

I would weigh these positives and negatives before making judgment. As for those people using fear tactics to scare you into their beliefs, educate yourself before making a decision.



A corporation is not a person

As someone who believes strongly in civic participation, the idea that a corporation — which the Supreme Court has called an “artificial entity,” that is made up of individual shareholders and employees with different political beliefs — could be allowed to spend directly from its massive corporate treasury on ads for or against a candidate is truly frightening.

A corporation is not, nor has it ever been, a person with voting rights. Corporations are not our neighbors. They cannot get married. They cannot die, and a corporation has never been a constituent member of “We the People.”

However, a decision in favor of the plaintiff in Citizens United vs. the Federal Election Commission — the controversial case that was reheard in Washington — would allow corporations to use their immense wealth to loudly promote or attack candidates through unlimited expenditures on ads.

Barack Obama sailed into Washington on a wave of change, buoyed by small donations he received from millions of American citizens. To suddenly decide that those voices should be drowned out by the massive accumulated money of a single “corporate person,” runs counter to the very ideals of a representative democracy.



Is the recession really over?

President Obama and Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke are telling us the recession is over.

You don’t know how relieved I am. I’m sure everyone else in America feels the same way.

The unfortunates who have lost their jobs and almost everything else can access the job market and get hired on immediately. The elderly whom many survive off the interest on their hard-earned savings will immediately get a return of 6 percent instead of 2 percent.

Wow! We can start eating again.

Businesses that have been struggling for business will find their stores flooded with people tomorrow ready to fill the cash registers and as a bonus we will have health care for everyone and it will be free.

I can’t wait for that one.

As for me, I am heading out tomorrow for the Jaguar dealership to plunk down $75,000 and drive off in that British racing green machine I have yearned so long for.

Thank you, Mr. Obama. I take back everything I ever said about you.



Davis committed to bringing in business

Jeff Davis should be Olympia’s next port commissioner because Davis knows how to restore a clean environment, while promoting economic development.

Public port districts were formed for economic development, and Olympia has always had a working port. View the Sylvester’s Window series (displayed at Olympia’s Timberland Library) for images of the working waterfront over a 160-year period (1841-2001).

Without a working waterfront, what would be the point of having Harbor Days to celebrate our maritime history? We wouldn’t have a navigable harbor to enable tugboats, sailing ships, the Coast Guard and other vessels to come into port. Nor would we have cargo ships bringing in windmill blades for green, renewable energy, and exporting goods and materials grown and produced here in the Northwest. One in four jobs in Washington is trade related.

Cargo transport jobs provide local workers with family wages (plus medical benefits and pensions), which are paid with private funds. Davis has extensive knowledge of cargo transport (marine, air, rail, truck), trends in shipping, and is committed to bringing new business to our port facilities.

Even more importantly, Davis has years of experience advocating for environmental improvements at west coast ports from Vancouver, B.C., to Los Angeles to reduce air and water pollution.

Davis’ knowledge of cargo transport, his work protecting port communities from pollution, and his commitment to green jobs make him an ideal candidate for port commissioner, as Davis will keep Olympia’s port working for the benefit of all Thurston County residents.