Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for Oct. 10

Davis has experience in port operations

In the upcoming election, Thurston County voters have two distinct choices for port commissioner. The candidates couldn’t be more different.

Dave Peeler is being heavily backed by members of the Carnegie Group of Olympia. Their history has always been about dismantling the port and selling off the pieces. They even formed an alter ego, Citizens for Integrity in Government, so that they could legally send out a hit piece on candidates they oppose. The one they sent out in the primary was full of half-truths to try and smear good honest citizens who were running for elected office.

To date, Peeler has not repudiated this group and is willingly taking campaign contributions from them. I believe this says a lot about his character.

He also very little experience or history with public ports.

On the other hand, Jeff Davis has spent his whole working life dealing with ports and their issues. Davis is a longshoreman who works at the Port of Longview and has seen first hand good and bad decisions made by elected port officials.

He currently is the legislative director representing all the longshore locals from all the deep-water ports in Washington.

This position has given him a valuable insight into the problems facing ports in general and he would be a huge asset to the Port of Olympia the day he took office. The longshoremen and women of Olympia are voting for Jeff Davis.

KEITH BAUSCH, Olympia

Chemicals have no place in environment

The Environmental Protection Agency set in place new restrictions on three organophosphate insecticides to protect streams and rivers from contamination.

The guidelines were put into place because experts say that the pesticides, Malathion, Chloripyrifos and Diazanon, are disrupting the nervous system and sense of smell of salmon!

I was exposed to all three for almost a decade because of regular application to residential areas through Michigan’s mosquito abatement program. We had an open well and extensive food gardens. I’ve had related health problems all my life. Today, I have debilitating reactions to chemical smells, part of a chronic condition called multiple chemical sensitivity.

First used as nerve gas agent by the U.S. in World War II, organophosphates dissipate very slowly once introduced to the body. Malathion becomes 60 times more toxic above 77 degrees F. So once it enters the body, toxicity heightens, and Malaoxon forms.

Binding irreversibly with cholinesterase, which is an enzyme produced in the liver that exists primarily in the pancreas and plasma, with small amounts in the blood and all body tissues and organs, the chemical interferes with the function of the nervous system — neurosynaptic junctions (nerve firing) to muscles, glands and other nerves, impairing all organs.

Manifesting as fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivity, multiple sclerosis, asthma, cancers and countless other health conditions, chemicals like this have no place in our environment, let alone on our food and in our water.

Every step toward awareness gets us closer to our own health care reform.

DAISY OUYE, Olympia

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