Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for Oct. 17

It's time to restore true democracy to America

Recently we went to see Michael Moore’s latest movie “Capitalism: A Love Story.”

We watched example after example of the struggles of people in the bottom 95 percent of the U.S. population — hunger, housing foreclosures, evictions, job losses (unemployment now at the highest rate since 1983), and bankruptcies.

Meanwhile, Wall Street moguls, as part of the wealthy 1 percent, continue to amass more and more financial benefits for their own insatiable personal gain, while doing their best to pay little or no income tax.

Our awareness of the ultimate betrayal came when Moore named federal elected officials who were put in charge to fix the economic mess we’re in yet are complicit in this ruination of our democracy.

You won’t hear this on the nightly news. Somehow we elected them, trusting that they had the best interests of all of us in mind.

Not so.

Moore says, “It is evil to take the majority of the pie and leave what’s left for everyone to fight over.”

And where is the majority’s response to this? Why the silence? It’s time for us to say, “We’ve had enough!”

It’s time to go see “Capitalism: A Love Story” — to be exhilarated and inspired and to become actively involved in demanding of our elected leaders that true democracy be returned to America.

HAROLD RORDEN AND JUDY HOLLAR, Lacey

President's response has been weak, indecisive

“On October 5, 2009 a group of 300 Taliban insurgents attacked a small NATO outpost near Nuristan. Eight U.S. soldiers and two Afghan policemen were killed in the battle.”

One has to wonder what the effect of taking our time to chew on the recommendation of General McChrystal has had in bolstering the spirits of the insurgents.

I can recall the press on 9/12 blasting Bush and his short pause in the classroom after he was told about the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Where is the outrage now?

Where are the daily body counts that we were shown on the nightly news? Soldiers are dying because this president is weak, indecisive and hesitates to give his generals the resources they need.

If the attorney general hadn’t crippled the CIA, perhaps, our troops would have had intelligence warning them of a buildup.

I can’t comprehend why the USA continues to fight this war like lawyers. These savages queue up in their mosques and then cry foul if a mosque is damaged. They queue up in villages and cry foul if a civilian is injured or killed. If we can’t adopt the same strategies they employ then we should get out.

Their mantra is that the U.S. should be destroyed. No one here is innocent. Ditto to you.

It’s time to fish or cut bait, Mr. President. The Republicans said that you didn’t have the stones for the fight. It’s beginning to look like they were right.

GREG SQUIRES, Olympia

Clean up, or close, steam plant to limit emissions

Do you recall the events of May 1980? You’ll remember that Mount St. Helens erupted twice that month. The emissions from the first eruption circumnavigated the earth as the ash was propelled by winds from the southwest. One week later, this magnificent mountain erupted again. This time the emissions were carried by wind from the southeast.

Now we face another health hazard as the aging and problematic, coal-fired Centralia steam plant continues to send emissions containing high levels of mercury and other toxins. As with the eruption of Mount St. Helens, this toxic material is carried by the wind and is deposited over a very large area (partially due to varying wind direction and velocity).

The problem with the emissions from the Centralia steam plant is that the mercury and other toxic substances accumulate wherever and whenever it falls on the land, on the plants and in the water. This toxic material is then consumed by fish and wildlife located within the impacted area.

These plants, fish and wildlife are consumed by other fish and wildlife as well as by humans. We know that these high levels of mercury are causing significant health challenges for young children and pregnant women, our most vulnerable citizens.

It’s time to clean the operation of Centralia steam plant up or to shut it down as is happening at other coal plants across America!

JIM WILCOX, Olympia

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