Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for Jan. 1

Public needs more info on pay

I remember our president saying that the executives that are receiving large bonuses were, if I remember correctly, immoral.

Considering the lack of cost-of-living increases for those on Social Security, the raises received by members of Congress or the U.S. Senate this year, it is nice to know they needed the extra cash far more than those on Social Security.

The Olympian could do a real service to the voting public by making the wage and pension programs for those they elected to office known.

I believe that those in office should be adequately paid for the service rendered to the voters they are supposed to represent. If my history is correct, those serving used to go back to their previous employment and once again become part of the voting public.

Many of us who served our country in the military do not receive any pension for services rendered. An informed public would help control the overspending for services.

Would this information on perks and pay and pension programs not help to have a better informed public?

JOE MASTERS, Lacey

Show some holiday respect

I write in response to the war on Christmas.

David H. Scholttmann recently wrote that all of the Christmas stories and TV shows have been changed, leaving out the Christian-based terms redefining them in a politically correct way.

I agree that the PC movement is out of control. But I turn on the radio and TV, read the paper and view plenty of Christmas representation. We must have separate providers of media.

I do not see how saying “happy holidays” is a war on Christmas, or as an overly PC thing to do.

It’s about respect.

In the month of December, starting on the sixth and extending through the 26th, people observe Constitution Day, Immaculate Conception, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hanukkah, Emperors Birthday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, St. Stephen’s Day, and possibly others.

We are a free country and a melting pot. My family celebrates Christmas and Hanukkah and does not mind “happy holidays.” It does not threaten our beliefs, since we are secure in our faith.

I love my country. Thomas Jefferson, patriot and founding father, supported the following: Separation of church and state is a legal and political principle derived from the First Amendment to The United States Constitution.

“Separation of church and state” is generally traced to an 1802 letter by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists, where Jefferson spoke of the combined effect of the Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment.

SHAWN SMITH, Lacey

Don't fall for gloom and doom

It is no wonder people don’t know what to believe about the health care reform bill.

Republicans and health industry lobbyists have painted frightening scenarios. When Social Security was being debated in Congress in 1935, they were trying to scare people to death then, too. They predicted Social Security would literally end life as we knew it.

Consider these dire warnings:

Rep. John Taber, R-N.Y.: “Never in the history of the world has any measure been brought here so insidiously designed as to prevent business recovery, to enslave workers and to prevent any possibility of the employers providing work for the people.”

Rep. Daniel Reed, R-N.Y.: “The lash of the dictator will be felt and 25 million free American citizens will for the first time submit themselves to a fingerprint test.”

Rep. James W. Wadsworth, R-N.Y.: “This bill opens the door and invites the entrance into the political field of a power so vast, so powerful as to threaten the integrity of our institutions and to pull the pillars of the temple down upon the heads of our descendants.”

Sound familiar?

The party that campaigned against Social Security is peddling the same doom and gloom about health care reform. Our senators, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, have continued to work for us, fortunately. This bill needs to be passed without further compromises.

CAROL WILSON, Olympia

Carbon neutrality is hard to imagine

Governor Chris Gregoire wants Washington to be carbon neutral by 2020.

Gregoire’s track record indicates just the opposite, given her ongoing support of Trans Alta’s coal-fired power plant in Cenrtralia, which is the state’s largest single producer of carbon dioxide. In addition, Washington’s past, current and planned logging practices remove the very forests required to help clean up Washington’s worsening carbon dioxide mess.

And then, carbon dioxide generated via coal-burning plants in China and India travel across the Pacific Ocean to Washington via the atmosphere. On its way here, some of the carbon dioxide is converted to acid rain, which falls on the Pacific Ocean killing many important sea creatures. Once it reaches Washington state, the carbon dioxide that is circling our planet falls on our property, lakes, rivers, Puget Sound and national parks.

I don’t see this state’s leaders turning away business from China and India because of this tremendous contribution of carbon dioxide to the global environment. So, I doubt that Washington has any chance to claim carbon dioxide neutrality any time soon, especially in 10 years.

I wonder how many chunks of coal Gregoire received in her Christmas stocking?

JIM WILCOX, Olympia

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