Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for Jan. 29

Some elected officials are effete snobs

Scott Brown’s victory surely chilled supercilious progressives like letter writer Elna Benoit, whose thesis was that Sarah Palin is too dumb to live, as is anyone who likes or agrees with her.

We have an administration full of lawyers and academics who believe they know what’s best for the country, beyond the understanding of the unwashed hicks in it. Cabinet meetings brim with ideas so subtle and profound that we mortals can’t understand them.

A CBS poll finds approval of the president’s handling of health care at 36 percent, yet Democrats press his agenda forward, albeit behind closed doors. Mental Olympians Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi ignore their constituents and mock us for believing campaign rhetoric about change and transparency. Mensa-member congressmen who can’t manage their own finances lecture us about ours.

John Kerry pontificates in elliptical sentences to nowhere, and our vice president still searches for his buttocks. Benoit is fine with all of them.

Walter Cronkite called Jimmy Carter our “smartest president.” I remember his brilliant impotence, marked by spiraling inflation, military humiliation and national malaise. Clearly, genius in politics is overrated.

It doesn’t take one to marry common sense with the popular will and govern as the founders intended — as representatives rather than effete, didactic snobs.

So Benoit should kindly bundle her vitriol with her dismissive condescension and slither back to her lair. I prefer politicians who drive trucks and even drop their “g”s if they’ll listen to me. And apparently, the people of Massachusetts do, too.

DON KRAMER, Olympia

We are alienating other nations

Although the majority of our nation’s politicians appear to have mastered the last part of the acronym KISS, they have a lot to learn about the first three parts.

On the national level, we have for decades pursued a foreign policy which alienates many nations that should be our friends and allies. Our economic policies seem to advocate taking from the needy to enhance the wealth of those least in need. Our public health policies have favored greedy insurance companies, opportunistic lawyers, and a few unscrupulous medical practitioners at the expense of the general public. Subsidies and incentives are created for many entities that would not and should not exist without government aid.

In concert with most other states, Washington politicians continually seek to generate more revenue, while threatening or actually reducing the most basic public functions.

On the local level, one need only to look to the Lacey fire district situation and the decision to raise height limitations for the benefit of a single developer as prime examples of misguided local decision makers.

A concerted, legislative, common sense attempt to limit government attention to the public’s most basic needs is needed. Would some politicians still advocate and enact unwise programs and expenditures?

As one ill-informed ex-governor might say, “You betcha.”

However, in the long run, at least mistakes might be easier to correct in the future.

MILT LEBSACK, Olympia

Government is making things worse

Our state government is working hard to make the economic crisis worse.

Here’s how revenue enhancements work: Most taxes will be on business. No business pays taxes. Not me (I own a small business), not Boeing, not Sears. When taxes go up, prices go up to maintain profit margins. So we all pay.

When sales slow due to higher prices, businesses cut costs. Layoffs occur. Quality and/or quantity are cut. Ice cream is sold in 11/2 quart instead of 1/2 gallon. Pork and chicken are enhanced with a flavor solution of mostly water. That’s a 12 percent cut. At some point, costs can’t be cut further. The business closes.

With economic reality slapping legislators in the face, early bills introduced concern assault weapons. Twenty-thousand existing state and federal laws are not enough.

FYI: Felons are exempt from gun control. It violates their Fifth Amendment rights. (1968 Supreme Court, Haynes v. U.S.).

I am deeply sorry for the officers that were killed. None of these proposed laws would have prevented the tragedies. Better economic and social policies would help, but don’t play as well on the 6 p.m. news. When I take on a job, I learn what I need to know. I don’t poll special interests/lobbyists. Why do the same self-serving and ineffectual officials keep getting elected?

VINCENT PALAZZO, Lacey

Don’t close schools

I am asking the public to help me take a stand against what is about to take place to some of our most valuable and vulnerable Washington residents.

Due to state budget cuts, several schools that care for the handicapped are about to close. Rainier School in Buckley, Fircrest in Seattle and a facility in Yakima. The mayor of Buckley informed us that if they close Rainier School, 1,000 jobs will be lost, 400 homes, and $2 million in revenue. However, that is not the most pertinent issue. The residents of the schools will lose their much needed care. My profoundly handicapped younger sister has been institutionalized since 1965. She has special needs and cannot function in society, nor can she make choices concerning her care. As with many of the residents, she requires around-the-clock attention and her health and safety would be jeopardized if she were not in a special needs unit. The medical attention that is required for such patients cannot be administered in a normal setting. What I am asking is that people who are compassionate toward the helpless, please contact your legislators and ask them to oppose closing these much needed facilities.

KATHY THOMPSON, Olympia

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