Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for Jan. 6

Shared danger forms a great bond

Richard Jones’ letter has a point about the huge expense of the memorial service for the Lakewood officers which anyone never involved in police work may agree with. But that fails to take into consideration the camaraderie among the police fraternity.

Shared danger forms a great bond, and police personnel everywhere are aware of that sharing. Most are more than willing to pay their own way to honor a fellow officer if they can get the time off.

VIRGINIA MATTSON, Olympia

Cantwell and Murray lacked critical eye

On Dec. 24, The Olympian newspaper printed a report regarding the health bill passed by the U.S. Senate.

Our two U.S. senators, Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, are quoted in the report. Their quotes are revealing.

Neither Murray nor Cantwell criticized the process.

Cantwell stated, “There are 100 people in this chamber and EVERYONE puts their stamp on it.”

Sen. Cantwell also is quoted as saying, “This bill is not perfect, but the conflict and compromise involved in getting to this point (60 votes) should not obscure the magnitude of this legislation and achievement.”

Sen. Murray is quoted saying, “Different states have different needs and without such compromises the Senate wouldn’t pass anything.”

Question: Is “compromise” the politically correct word for bribery?

The 60 votes were obtained by “compromise” to several senators in exchange for their vote.

JACK O'KEEFE, Lacey

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