Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for Jan. 8

Palin's words prophetic

In September 2008, Sarah Palin made her nomination speech. Her book, “Going Rogue,” contains the speech, and I was particularly interested in the following comments about her Democratic opponent: “What does he actually see to accomplish, after he’s done turning back the waters and healing the planet?

“The answer is to make government bigger ... take more of your money ... give you more orders from Washington ... and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world. America needs more energy ... our opponent is against producing it.

“And let me be more specific, the Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes ... raise payroll taxes ... raise investment income ... raise the death tax ... raise business taxes ... and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars.”

Now I have two questions: Why weren’t we paying attention? Is Sarah Palin a psychic?

RAY ENSLEY, Tumwater

Design board recognizes view corridor

Kudos to the Olympia Design Review Board for taking steps to reject the design of the proposed 90-foot high Larida Passage building in the isthmus.

In so doing, the board majority voted in favor of preserving the best example of “City Beautiful” design principles in the state of Washington, namely our state Capitol Campus.

The “City Beautiful” movement had its genesis in the progressive era of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and was a reform of architecture and urban planning with the intent of using beautification and grandeur in our cities to promote harmony in human society and to increase our quality of life.

The proposed design of Larida Passage violates several of these design principles, including the revolutionary capitol group of buildings which, when viewed from Puget Sound and the isthmus, appears to be one grand building, and the northern orientation of the campus to include the borrowed landscapes of Budd Inlet and the Olympic Mountains which frame the campus to the north.