Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for Oct. 5

No such thing as death panels

Neither President Obama, the federal government, nor any other modern civilized country would ever set up death boards/committees as a part of their nation’s health care.

England, where I have lived, has never had health care rationing. The program they have that killed my father-in-law was called something else.

The health care titles are really meaningless. It will always be most correctly described as a budget. No agency in the world operates without one. Why would our government health care be different?

Now let’s discuss how it will be paid for when we are so deep in debt.


Machlis works to stop urban sprawl

Councilwoman Joan Machlis embodies all that I value in an elected official: thoughtful, yet decisive; fair, yet fearless. She knows we elected her to use her judgment, and she uses it well.

She will fight to preserve our beautiful Capitol Lake, and to stop those who would return us to an ugly, smelly tidal basin in the middle of our downtown.

The state now foots the bill for dredging. Machlis will work to prevent that burden from falling only on the taxpayers of Thurston County, as it will if the dam is removed, and our recreational and commercial waterways are subject to the silt of the Deschutes River.

Machlis is the only one running for this position to support the goal of the Growth Management Act to increase urban densities. Higher urban density reduces sprawl that destroys our beautiful rural areas, and raises our utility taxes in the process.

I was elected to three terms as a Thurston County commissioner, and then served on the state Shorelines and Growth Management hearings boards. I would have been delighted if Machlis were in office during my service to help realize the environmental goals of those entities.

Don’t miss the chance to keep her working for those goals now. Vote for Joan Machlis in November.


Roe has a vision for Olympia

I have known Jeannine Roe all her life. She is the daughter of Charles Roe, an eminent attorney and splendid fellow, who has spent his adult life preserving Washington state as a beautiful place.

Jeannine is a robust candidate for the Olympia City Council. She sincerely seeks a shared vision for Olympia. She has strong community roots and service, which are recorded on her Web page.

Her community service includes: Girl Scout leader; board member Pioneer Elementary School; president, Washington Middle School Booster Club; president of Olympia High School Parent Connection Board.

Roe is quite familiar with the Legislature, presently serving as senior executive assistant to Senate Democratic Caucus chief of staff Rich Nafziger. Her experience there will be an asset for the Olympia Council.

I support Jeannine Roe for many reasons, but the most significant is that she will work tirelessly to preserve what is best for our community.


Kingsbury has character, integrity

I support Jeff Kingsbury in his race for City Council of Olympia.

I believe that a vibrant downtown leads to a vibrant city. Kingsbury is a downtown business owner who has promoted the growth and resurrection of the downtown core, without compromising the integrity of our community.

In these difficult financial times, Jeff Kingsbury possesses the qualities needed to lead Olympia into a new era of revitalization. A native of Olympia, Kingsbury has become a successful local business owner due to his own determination, drive and his ability to dream big.

Kingsbury is a man of great character and integrity. He has contributed so much to this community, through Rotary and other organizations. I have seen firsthand how he inspires and motivates young people to achieve their own goals, through his youth theater program – Kids at Play.

Please join me in supporting Jeff Kingsbury so that he may continue working to build Olympia into a thriving, prosperous city.


Capital’s request must be denied

The Department of Health should deny Capital Medical Center’s certificate of need for an elective percutaneous coronary intervention (heart treatment) program. Health states that its mission is to monitor health care costs, promote and protect public health, and maintain standards for quality health care delivery. Approving the certificate application goes against this mission.

While Americans are divided on the issue of health care reform, we can all agree that now is not the time for costly duplication of services.

Approving Capital’s request creates an identical program less than five miles from Providence St. Peter Hospital and takes rural areas, such as Centralia and Aberdeen, out of the running to have their own program for at least 10 years.

Currently Providence uses the profits from the PCI program to support programs like the sexual assault clinic and chemical dependency center – services our community desperately needs.

Capital wants to rob from our community and put profits into the pockets of private shareholders who live thousands of miles away.

The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association have proved that elective angioplasties should be performed in high-volume settings with on-site surgical backup. Providence has an award-winning heart program. Why would the Department of Health allow Capital to perform elective PCI surgeries when it cannot handle emergencies on site?

If Health is truly concerned with the overall health of our community, it will deny Capital’s certificate of need application.