Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for Nov. 13

Patrol has low ethical standards

The Washington State Patrol obviously has extremely low ethical standards.

First, eight patrol troopers commit fraud by submitting diplomas from fake schools to claim pay raises. Initially it was the recommendation of the committee to fire these troopers, which was a right and just decisions for their actions.

Now the committee is allowing these troopers to be suspended but not fired for this fraud. The reason, because they did not know the college was not accredited.

Obviously, this is a ploy by the union to get them off.

The troopers committed fraud. Most employers indicate that submitting false diplomas is grounds for dismissal.

It appears that the Washington State Patrol has much lower standards for its troopers’ behaviors.

Since fraud will not get them fired, what other criminal acts will lead to dismissal?

Karen Shaw, Lacey

Soldiers don’t pick wars to fight in

Thanks and congratulations to the letter writer who commented on ex-Lt. Ehren Watada’s disgraceful departure from the United States Army.

He said what has long been needed to be said.

For his breach of integrity, Watada is fortunate to have received nothing more ignominious than an other than honorable discharge.

Of course, I don’t personally know whether his case was passed off from commander to commander for political reasons, but the evidence is there. I shudder to think of the consequences of allowing soldiers to decide which wars they choose to support. The oath they take makes it very clear early on that they are obligated to obey the orders of their superiors and to serve the United States of America in whatever capacity they are assigned.

So much for his integrity.

Not so long ago I, myself, spent two and a half years in a war that most Americans and I did not personally agree with. Soldiers don’t get to vote on which lawful orders they will follow and his arrogance should appall all Americans. His next letter home should be from a federal prison.

Ron Waitman, Lacey

State needs to take look at program

I am just one of the state’s multitudes of jobless seeking support. I worked full time with a construction firm, was laid off, then rehired by the same firm for half my original hours with additional cash assistance under the state’s Shared Work program.

After two months, I was laid off again and rehired again for a third of my original hours, less than what would make me eligible for work-share.

I returned to the firm each time because I hadn’t found other work. I was required to return by law.

Now I am again unemployed; a paycheck bounced and others were days late.

As my unemployment benefits are now exhausted, I have applied (and been accepted) for extended benefits. I now have to open a new unemployment claim because of Work Share hours.

The reduced hours I worked under the shared-work program will be included to calculate the benefits for my new claim, but not the additional money I received from the program for working less.

Many employers participated in the Shared Work program in an effort to stem layoffs, but had to lay off workers anyhow. Many employers laid off then rehired under shared work, only to have to lay off again.

Like me, honest workers now have reduced earnings from which to calculate their benefits.

I am asking for redress. The state should exclude all hours worked under their Shared Work plan when calculating benefits for unemployed workers, or at least include their shared work compensation.

Erin Adams, Lacey

Diversity enriches young lives

As another school year is off and running, I find myself pausing to reflect how fortunate I feel that my children attend the North Thurston Public Schools.

The years they attended Pleasant Glade Elementary, an ethnically diverse school, enriched their lives well beyond passing the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL).

The exposure to different cultures and religions through the friendships developed with classmates has allowed them to view the world through different eyes.

Many of the world’s problems are rooted in ignorance and lack of tolerance. Through the friendships they developed at school, they have the benefit of seeing these problems through a fresh set of eyes that don’t see race, religion, or economic status, but eyes that see another person — a person that has more in common with them than first meets the eye.

Andy Hill, Olympia