Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for Dec. 17

Our greatest gift is love

During a recent news program, the reporter commented that many people skipped their Thanksgiving dinner to go to the mall so they could benefit from big Christmas sales.

What are these folks thinking? What has happened to us that we must forgo honoring our heritage for the sake of a sale?

Christmas is my favorite time of year. No one is going to take it away from me. The festivities, music, color and camaraderie are kind of euphoria that can happen only in December. But it was never meant to be a rush-to-buy. We don’t need piles of gifts under the Christmas tree. We don’t need to outspend our budgets to impress our families.

This year I decided to skip the Black Friday rush — the gifts to impress — and the need to have a big pile of stuff under the tree.

I made quantities of jellies, jams and applesauce. I’m planning other food goody gifts that are not sweet — marinara sauce, chicken soup base and pastas. I am also providing others with fresh wreaths and swags which I can make from greens that grow in my yard.

Not everyone will have the same ideas I have, but anyone can use talent to make things or enhance something that isn’t costly and make it look wonderful. Things given with love are always appreciated.

I’m glad I had a lovely Thanksgiving. Now I’m looking forward to enjoying the coming Christmas season. Our greatest gift to each other is love.

Louise F. Adams, Olympia

Live with consequences of decisions

I’ve been reading with interest the dialogue regarding Alec Beal’s letter to the editor. The discussion between high school age young adults encourages me that despite the blogs, Twitter and Facebook, young adults are finding the newspaper another avenue for dialogue on important issues.

Referendum 71 was not about gay marriage, but equal rights — a separate, civil issue from religious dogma. Many believe this to be a stepping stone to legalizing gay marriage. Others do not.

Religious teachings provide guidance for those who choose to believe. The Constitution serves as a guide and balance for civil matters, separate from religious teachings.

This nation was founded on the separation of church and state. It was also founded on the freedom of religion, speech and the right to choose. Democratic ideals that have been fought for, and members of my family have paid the ultimate price to defend.

These freedoms and the fight for equal rights are ingrained in the fiber of this nation.

Individuals choose what guides them and how they want to live. These decisions warrant respect and civility, regardless of our personal beliefs.

Ultimately, we all have to live with the consequences of our decisions.

Stephen Abernathy, Lacey

It’s a legacy of shame

I suppose after you’ve seen your staff cut almost in half, (The Olympian), it is only possible to tell half a news story.

How else can we explain how the editorial praising the Ralph Osgood-Doug Baker leadership team which told only half a truth? The editorial admired the Osgood-Baker team’s accomplishments for doubling our population and explosive growth.

The editors forgot that before the Osgood-Baker squad took over, we could drink water that was not chlorinated, traffic jams were prevalent only in Lacey and West Olympia, and Tumwater hill had trees instead of over-priced ticky-tacky homes.

After many meetings and many, many hours of citizen input, the City Council passed a regulation to keep out Wal-Mart. But the Osgood-Baker team went behind their backs, making an 11th-hour phone call to the Borg-Big-Box alerting them to the deadline. As a result, Wal-Mart made a just-before-midnight application and slipped under the wire.

The Osgood-Baker team has failed to protect our water, our streets, Tumwater Hill, and small business community.

The Olympian editorial staff’s revisionist history celebrates the community’s explosive growth but not the destruction of Tumwater’s tranquility and beauty. The Olympian-Osgood- Baker group has failed to defend Tumwater’s quality of life. Their legacy is not one of pride but rather shame.

Martin Kimeldorf, Tumwater

Criminal slipping through the crack

This most recent tragedy with the four Lakewood police officers confirms my belief that our government bureaucracy has become pathetic.

Not only are the courts and corrections systems dysfunctional, but it appears people don’t have to escape from prison anymore. All they have to do is slip through the cracks.

Beware, my friends! Do you think Maurice Clemmons is the only one who got out through a crack (bureaucratic bungling) in the system? Don’t be so naive, people.

I’m sure there are many more dangerous people out there we don’t even know about who have yet to do anything so sad.

Wake up people! This has confirmed we are living in a dangerous society. The police will protect you as much as they can, but it is the rest of our bureaucracy you need to worry about!

Larry Hinken, Lacey