Voters won't forget on Election Day
I am sure that we are all just thrilled to find out that the government has decided that they were too generous a couple of years ago when we received that additional $400 or $800.
Now they want it back. What a crock!
Then they decide that companies need a stimulus check so they are off and running throwing money around like Johnny Appleseed with seeds.
Next we have a health bill that will penalize anyone who doesn’t sign up for their health insurance plans! What a joy!
Are they even considering how many of us are below poverty level and are barely making it?
Unlike so many of our government officials, we have to work for a living. We don’t get those big bonuses that so many of our tax dollars have paid for.
Why do officials seem to forget that they work for us? It’s our blood, sweat and tears that they are loaning out and throwing away on soon-to-be-bankrupt companies.
We will remember this when it comes time to reelect officials!
BONNIE LINDSEY, Rochester
Council can reverse isthmus decision
Kudos to Olympia voters for recognizing that the rezone of the isthmus to allow high-rise buildings was unlawful.
We have known since the 1982 Sato decision that buildings over 35 feet high in the isthmus violate state law, so it was extremely poor judgment for the old City Council to adopt the illegal 90-foot height limit.
Thankfully, the newly elected council can reverse the rezone, thereby preserving and enhancing the design principles of the state Capitol Campus which include the public views to and from Puget Sound and the Olympics. The new council can implement the isthmus park feasibility study and partner with the state and the private sector to acquire the isthmus properties and correct the greatest land use error in Olympia’s history by taking down the Capitol Center Building.
Creating compatible low rise land uses to the west of our wonderful interactive fountain such as a carousel, artesian well, and museum and building high rise housing to the east will greatly enhance the economy of downtown while protecting our greatest community asset, the state Capitol Campus.
ALLEN MILLER AND MAUREEN CALLAGHAN, Olympia
Flood control money mismanaged
The Chehalis Basin Flood Authority has obligated the entire $2.5 million appropriated by the Washington Legislature to conduct the Chehalis basin wide general investigation in order to identify and evaluate all potential flood risk mitigation projects (including two Chehalis River dams).
These funds have been entirely obligated to studies and consultants. Now, the Chehalis Basin Flood Authority is seeking an additional $2.3 million from the Washington Legislature to establish a Chehalis Basin taxing district ($1 million) and pay for additional studies and consultants ($1.2 million).
The flood authority is recommending that the Washington Legislature take the $2.3 million from the $47.5 million appropriated for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Twin Cities levee project. The Washington funds for the levee project were specifically appropriated to meet Washington’s commitment as the local sponsor of this federally-sponsored levee project.
So, if the Legislature permits the flood authority to use $2.3 million from the levee funds, it will leave Washington’s commitment to the levee project short.
Again, the taxpayers will be expected to make up yet another shortfall.
If you’re like me, you’re getting fed up with this ongoing mismanagement of very scarce funds which are being spent in support of very costly and terribly ineffective flood control projects.
Enough is enough!
JIM WILCOX, Olympia
Lydia Hawk meets expectations
I am writing this letter to encourage continued support for Lydia Hawk Elementary School special programs and North Thurston Public Schools.
When our children transferred to Lydia Hawk one year ago, I was pleasantly surprised. My children were excited to go to school. I found that the principal and teachers at Lydia Hawk work hard on manners, respect and other skills to help children interact with others.
Diversity is greater at Lydia Hawk than their previous school. Staff and students are not judgmental. Children are free to be themselves — kids.
My daughter has received the help that she needs to excel in her learning and doesn’t feel embarrassed or judged because of her learning disabilities.
Because of this help, she is determined and always tries to do her best.
Lydia Hawk is a wonderful, safe, supportive atmosphere for children.
After being through many difficulties without the support I see at Lydia Hawk, I have more hope for the children who are there receiving such great care. I believe they will make good choices in their lives and become an asset to society.
Thank you for your support for our children.
DEBBIE NAYLOR, Olympia