Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for Nov. 22

When will troops leave Germany, S. Korea?

During the Bush administration, the Democrats kept saying we should not be in Iraq, that we should be in Afghanistan.

The front page of a recent Olympian says Obama rejects options in Afghanistan and wants an exit strategy.

I just have a couple of questions.

Do we have an exit strategy to bring our troops home from Germany? The German nation appears ready to be able to afford an army or do we just protect the auto industry there?

Do we have an exit strategy to get out of South Korea? Their economy should be able to afford their own defense.

We state we are protecting South Korea against the North Koreans. Are we protecting our own country against a flood of illegal entrants or do we just protect other countries’ ability to produce consumer goods?

These two countries’ production is being protected and subsidized by the American taxpayer, yet our own government will not obey the very laws that are in place here. Go figure.

I would also like to congratulate Hollywood and book publishing companies for not making movies or writing any more books about offing the president. I guess the last six years of the Bush administration got that out of authors’ and directors’ systems.

At least that changed and gave us hope.

GARY B. MATTIX, Olympia

Country is on the wrong track

All the things we grew up believing in are turning out to be so much garbage under the unqualified, unlearned and inexperienced administration in Washington, D.C.

It’s OK to be a tax evader, an avowed communist, a socialist, a president controlling our lives, an outright liar, government competing with private industry and I could go on with this description of what’s happening to our America.

Where has the common sense gone?

I have my doubts as to a future for this wonderful country. Is this the kind of change that most of you voted for? If it is, I’m sure you’re very happy with our situation, but I really think you’re having second thoughts. If not, you should be.

Think about the half million jobs that are being lost every week! Or the trillions of dollars we owe China as well as the trillions our grandchildren and great grandchildren already owe because of a harebrained spending spree.

Think of your health providers that are going away rather than be a part of socialized medicine. It’s already hard to find a physician that will accept Medicare patients. Just wait until health care reform takes effect.

We will lose about a third of our physicians in this community alone. The pay they will receive won’t be worth keeping their doors open. Oh yes, and at no cost to the taxpayer!

What a joke!

And speaking of jokes, the latest and greatest of fiasco — the Nobel Peace Prize!

Need I say more?

STAN MEYER, Olympia

Reject socialized medicine plan

I am completely frustrated with people who think government can run a complex system such as health care.

If I wanted socialized medicine, I would have long ago left for Canada or Europe. It is hard enough now to find a doctor, let alone be seen by one.

This type of government interference will drive up costs and give us less choice. I feel those who want this type of health care should go live in Canada or Europe. When something disastrous happens, like the need for a hip replacement or even worse, cancer, and they have to wait six months to a year before being seen maybe they will think what we have know is not that bad.

What we have might not be perfect but I would rather have it than what is being proposed now.

CHRISTINA CLERGET, Tumwater

Not all state workers are employed here

I write in response to the Nov. 8 letter from Marvin Merritt on the need to reduce government.

The letter’s author would be well served to examine the governments he is so keen to shrink.

Contrary to what he believes, besides the obvious exceptions, government workers don’t legislate, govern, act as judges, hold police powers, or do anything that can be described as “telling us what to do.”

They provide services. Avalanche control, traffic cameras at the passes, holiday bazaars, and an event featuring a Santa Claus fluent in sign language are all parts of this holiday season, made possible by local and state governments.

I accept that I am biased. I work for Lacey Parks and Recreation Department, and my father works for the Washington State Department of Transportation. Still, I’ve tried to understand the author’s view.

I can believe many organizations, governmental or not, could become more efficient. But his data is problematic.

It’s absurd to assume all 108,692 state employees are focused on the South Sound.

To bring every state employee into a discussion of local government artificially inflates the perceived threat and implies the rest of the state is without governance.

Clearly, both implications are incorrect.

If Merritt supports smaller government, get better supporting data.

And please, tell us what hundreds of government employees should do when the huge reduction he advocates renders them unemployed.

ANNA RUETZ, Lacey

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