We didn’t invade Saudi Arabia
In his letter in The Olympian, Steve Epperson whines about how “Glen Anderson continues his never-ending blame America first whine when he says ‘every time Bush or Obama kills innocent civilians, they recruit more terrorists.’ ”
Whom are we to blame? Are we to blame “W” for invading and killing innocent Afghans even though not a single Afghan was involved in 9/11?
Fourteen Saudis were on those planes. Why didn’t we invade Saudi Arabia?
I know, we can bomb Florida where the terrorists learned how to fly the airliners. Maybe we should blame the Supreme Court who engaged in a judicial coup by appointing “W” president by stopping the vote in Florida?
How about we pin the blame on the ditto heads and FOX News — devotees who only inform themselves from sources that make them ignorant of what is really going on because they can’t accept that this country has in the past and continues to slaughter innocent darker skinned foreigners to secure oil under the ground they stand on that belongs to us?
Over the last eight years we have been responsible for acts of horror that some are sadly oblivious to. Is it any surprise that Obama and we are now left with such a mess? We have pretty much devastated two Middle East countries in the pursuit of empire.
That’s the truth, so please stop whining.
BILL WAKE, Olympia
Gays, lesbians face harassment
They make constant, demeaning, hurtful jokes. They taunt a fellow student until he commits suicide. They give a young man a ride from a bar, beat him to a pulp, tie him to a fence and leave him to die.
They prey on prejudices, preach fear and loathing to raise money and fill pews. They encourage a foreign government to pass a death penalty on homosexuality. They always make sure whenever a gay view is expressed in the media, a religious condemnation is quoted.
They subject a son or daughter to aversion therapy, electroshock therapy, reorientation therapy, or they disown their children. They bar a woman from the hospital room of her dying female partner. They deny a job, refuse to rent, neglect to treat.
I and my friends have personal experience with them. They are the homophobes.
Every day in big and small ways they harass us, threaten us, beat us up, and even kill us. How clever that they’ve now got the Supreme Court believing they are the ones who need to be protected in their fight against our right to happiness.
Yet who among them has suffered? Who has been maimed? Who has died?
DON O. MARTIN, Olympia
America desperately needs good leaders
The Democrats lost an all too valuable seat in the U.S. Senate. I hope Ted Kennedy isn’t watching.
The position of a respectable, morale man has been replaced with a younger man of questionable character. We must ask ourselves who is next?
We’ve seen it all, after all, haven’t we? We must not be shocked anymore. Every time we turn around it’s another scandalous embarrassment and another politician winds up in the tabloids. It reminds me of that old movie “Slapshot,” when that guy skates around and strips off his uniform to show the audience that hockey had become a sick joke without honor.
What a circus our government has become. A few good men and women surrounded by criminals, perverts, religious fanatics and bought-off actors without art and without good character.
Americans desperately need leaders we can look up to and time and time again. We, the voters, are made fools of by men of low degree — without shame. Why?
I think we have become the rabble – the undereducated – that are easily lead and manipulated. The object of jokes by so called successful men no matter how it was achieved. This country has become a mob led by mobsters with no room for honor, compassion, dignity or respect. I, for one, am disgusted.
Let the Republican circus have it. Drink up my friends, it’ll make it easier.
GREG COSMO, Olympia
Support Rochester’s levy
I would like to make the case that all conservatives should support the Rochester school levy.
I am a dyed-in-the-wool conservative. I’m pro-life, limited government, immigration control, pro-Second Amendment, unashamed, flag-waving ex-Army Ranger. I was raised to believe that we have an obligation to make this country great and that its better to sacrifice now, so this country will continue to be great long after we’re gone.
I believe education is the key to making that happen. We find ourselves in an ultra-competitive world and our future greatness will be commensurate with how well we have prepared our children to compete.
I also believe that every dollar spent now will net a far greater return in social services spending in the future. Many of my conservative friends believe that America’s school systems have become filled with social engineering elites with the goal of undermining traditional values. The Rochester School District is not like that. They educate and prepare our children and leave values to the parents. The other area of concern is wasteful spending. I can say with 100 percent confidence that Rochester is a good steward of the community’s money.
I would never say these things unless I truly believed them. If you have a problem with the schools, get in the game and help change things. To cut off funding is to throw the baby out with the bath water. Vote “yes” on the Rochester school levy.
DARREN PRESCOTT, Rochester