Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for Nov. 7

Top-two primary should be discarded

The Olympian is way off base on it’s opinion in support of the state’s top-two primary.

I am always amazed how people can face a problem, ignore the obvious, and then choose a solution that only benefits their interests.

The original blanket primary system had its problems, as the courts decreed. The obvious solution was to have the various parties choose their candidates by party caucus, and then have a primary, with the winner of each party being voted on in the general election.

Instead the top-two idea was presented. The public bought it and passed the initiative, believing it would permanently exclude the minor parties from the general election and help their party to always win.

But the American way is the belief that every party deserves to be on the general election ballot, even those who usually never win.

I should have the right to vote MY choice.

Since the passage of Initiative 872, the leading parties have discovered that it allows anyone to claim they “prefer” a certain party, whether they do or not. This takes away the right of a party to choose their candidates and opens up the door to tremendous fraud.

Imagine what could happen to this state if we elect a “prefer Democrat” as governor, only to discover that person to be a communist bent on destroying our democratic system?

Voters were misled and have been done a serious injustice by this new system. I-872 should be declared unconstitutional and you should apologize.

THOMAS A. HALL, Olympia

Places such as isthmus merit protection

The recent PBS television broadcast of the Ken Burns’ series on U.S. national parks showed magnificent scenery. But equally interesting was the history of our park system.

Yellowstone National Park was the first, established reluctantly by Congress in 1872. Yosemite was second a few years later. Today there are a total of 58.

Repeatedly, the broadcasts emphasized that our national parks were the first in the world. Nobody knew how to administer them — no budgets were provided by the government — the Army stepped in to give some early protection, albeit cursory. The U.S. Park Service was established later (1916).

These landscape treasures came within a hair of being taken over by private interests. With roads, transportation, and accommodations primitive at best through the early 1900s, only the wealthy could afford the high costs charged by such groups to visit them.

It took tremendous dedication and vision by a few people like John Muir and others to save these unique areas. They realized that once they were gone to private interests, they would be gone!

The parks should be for all the people. We must have some lands for commercial use of course, but special places of beauty are essential for grounding the mental outlook of the whole population.

Now we have a parallel situation in Olympia with regard to the isthmus. For every generation, let’s learn from the national parks experience. We must save the isthmus for the enjoyment of all the people.

JACK WINJUM, Olympia

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