Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for Oct. 7

President should not have been interrupted

Putting aside all other interests, on Sept. 9, I turned my attention to listening to the health care speech by President Barack Obama. Since the beginning of his presidency, I have been impressed at how much he has kept us informed of the workings of our government.

I appreciate being an informed American.

During the speech came the outburst by a Congressman who had been invited to be present for the president’s speech. I consider it rude, and inappropriate, because it interrupted the course of my government giving me information through our nation’s leader.

I had been called to listen. I have ears to hear and reasoning power of my own to listen to and form understanding of the president’s message.

Interruptive outbursts serve only one purpose, and that is to disrupt people’s thoughts and not allow them time for reasoning. They are much like television’s annoying flashes and changing scenes, jumps and commercial breaks.

We have a right to adequate thinking time and space. Definitely, the president has the right to speak without being interrupted.


Overhead costs less with government plan

Some politicians prefer the status quo to real health care reform. They want to see President Barack Obama suffer, by defeating reform.

They have little compassion for the 47 million or so Americans who have no health insurance. Many of those with no insurance are poor and do not vote regularly, so, to some politicians, they aren’t important.

Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, is the largest recipient of campaign contributions from the big drug companies and the rest of the for-profit health care industry. Naturally, he wants to help his contributors, so he opposes a government option for health insurance.

Co-ops, suggested as an alternative to a government option, can be great, but Group Health required many years to develop into the good plan it is today.

Everyone should have the option of health care — something like my government Medicare program. But more emphasis should be placed on preventive medicine, competitive drug prices and keeping total costs under control.

Private insurance companies could still maintain present plans and add many plans to supplement a government plan, like my Medicare supplemental plan. A government plan eliminates profit, and overhead costs of Medicare are only about one-fifth as much as in private plans.


What if everyone was truthful?

I can’t help but cringe every time I hear someone talk about the separation of church and state. Why can’t everyone at least say it correctly as the separation of state from church?

If you read the First Amendment it states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

It is CLEARLY stated that the government WILL NOT establish rules for religion. Nowhere is it stated that the religion of churches can’t influence our government.

The liberal news media has perpetuated this incorrect interpretation and said it enough times that now even conservatives are saying it incorrectly. Good job news media except aren’t you suppose to report ACCURATELY?

Yes, I guess even the press is protected by the same First Amendment.

You can disagree all you want with our president, Congress, and local authorities and the policies they create. It is good to stand up for what is right and to make changes as needed. It is shameful to misinterpret something on purpose as this shows your character is not trustworthy.

Religion, churches and government are not the bad guys here. It is the people involved that use lies and misinterpretations to get their way.

Here is an idea: Let’s pass a law that says everyone must be truthful.


Olympia must increase its tax base

Wake up Olympia! We are falling behind. The growth in our tax base has been sluggish for the last 10 years, not just in the current recession.

Olympia’s retail sales tax growth since 1998 has grown 46.6 percent, as compared with Lacey’s 164 percent and Tumwater’s 70.5 percent. Rainier and Yelm are even kicking the pants off of Olympia with a sales tax revenue growth of 184.9 percent and 164.8 percent respectively.

People are spending their tax dollars elsewhere — building, buying and investing in other communities.

Why is this bad news? With tax revenues, Olympia can invest in ourselves — create jobs, support great neighborhoods and the environment, and improve our police, fire and parks.

Olympia’s property and sales tax base also supports our schools, library, transit and human services.

How do we increase the tax base without shifting the burden to current residents?

We need to strengthen our economic activity. Our current City Council is investing in the Hands On Children’s Museum, the fourth fire station, City Hall, sidewalks and road projects. They are on the right path, so let’s help them succeed.

Like the saying goes, “Get involved! The world is run by people who show up!” The people showing up are the naysayers. They can’t see the forest for the isthmus. I am voting for local leaders who can embrace the positive energy of community activists, reach out to those who are not showing up and engage the community in a positive conversation about our future.