Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for Dec. 28

Cannot run nation on overconsumption

Another one of those once great nation (meaning for white males only) myth fabricators, letter writer Stan Meyer, criticized President Obama’s “harebrained spending sprees.”

Disasters are always blamed on current administrations, no matter their accumulated, irresponsible origin.

The ones who undertook harebrained spending sprees under President Bush’s eight years were ordinary U.S. citizens who, over decades, created jobs from advertising everything from ostentatious kids’ parties to extravagant weddings and a free market cutthroat competitiveness and poor mass-produced foods that increased girth and obesity. They refused to tackle health insurance companies’ prohibitive premiums and pharmaceutical companies’ overpriced products.

You cannot run and sustain a nation on perpetual overconsumption of buy-now, pay-later, requiring cheap fuel and wars to maintain this.

You cannot permit deafening hate music (which destroys kids’ and everyone’s sensitivity, nerves, health) just because you consider it a profitable economic commodity that’s exportable worldwide and then lament the loss of innocence, quietude, health, responsibility, caring for one another and our planet earth.

Not to want war is being for peace. “The way things have always been” has gotten us into this mess.

People elect politicians from among their own. People dare not expect better from their politicians than their own behaviors.

Idealistic, well-educated youth do well to dream of and bring about long overdue change.

If all people ate less and more healthfully, exercised regularly, did their own physical labor, fewer doctors would be needed and certainly fewer psychologists for a happier, healthier populace.

HELGA S. TESKE, Olympia

Government officials must protect public

Now that the healing has started for the recent tragedies in our state and most recently in Lakewood, so has the anger.

This needs to be a lesson learned for government, the governor, state representatives, city, county, town council and any member of any board that financial cuts to our justice system are costing lives.

Find the funds.

The amount of crime continues to grow. So do the number of accused and the guilty, leaving the system overloaded for fewer people to process and keep watch over the offenders.

They can argue it’s the budget and they can argue the difficulties cutting very important programs across the board. To me and most people out here, nothing can put a dollar sign on a life lost or four lives lost due to someone slipping through a broken system.

Let’s call it what it is – broken.

I have had enough of the smoke-and-mirror effect of government – state, county or other levels. Our government has spent billions overseas but has missed the boat right here at home.

May the families of the four fallen heroes use this time for healing. But when all is said and done, though small in exchange for a loved one, I hope each family owns a couple of very large chunks of land in both Arkansas and Washington.

KEITH CONKLIN, Olympia

We owe police debt of gratitude

Watching the four Lakewood police officers’ memorial I welled up with pride and, at the same time, shame. Pride for the law enforcement family and for the service they provide, and for the citizens acknowledging. Shame in that we as a community have, all too often, taken police officers for granted or labeled them “cops” in a negative way because of the errors of a few.

Out of bad, God can bring good. It is a tragedy that four people had to be taken in such a terrible way; but maybe it is our wake-up call that law enforcement officers have a very dangerous job in protecting us.

Since the Iraq war, I have made an effort to acknowledge and thank soldiers for their service, ensuring our safety and freedom, whenever I see them. I now realize that I should have been doing that for law enforcement officers as well.

Whenever I see a law enforcement officer, a soldier or a firefighter, I will be thanking and acknowledging them for their service, because it takes so little to do what provides so much.

I hope this encourages some of you to do the same. They put their lives on the line every day so we can have the freedom and safety that we do. Let’s not take it for granted or be unappreciative.

I was so thankful and grateful for the presentation of the 1,000 Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Go Canada.

Thank you for all your efforts and service.

JACK BRYANT, Lacey

Isthmus must top council agenda

When the new Olympia City Council takes office in January it will face a variety of important issues ranging from city finances to revising the comprehensive plan.

Resolution of the isthmus controversy, while it may not be the most important issue facing the council, it is the first issue that must be addressed.

The fate of this narrow strip of land at the head of Puget Sound, and in the heart of our city, has dominated the political landscape for well over a year.

Widespread voter disapproval of the rezone, permitting massive new buildings on the isthmus, led to the election of a new majority on the council who oppose the rezone.

Elections do have consequences. The new council should do everything in its power to reverse the pending rezone as soon as possible.

By doing this public trust may begin to be restored in the city government. With that improved trust the council will be in a much better position to deal with all of the other challenges they face.

JERRY REILLY, Olympia

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