Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for Feb. 12

Planet belongs to our kids

There seems to be such controversy over the science and politics concerning global climate change.

Many are trying to prove we humans aren’t to blame for temperatures rising, shrinking ice packs, and increased storm activity. They seem to see this issue as a governmental boondoggle to charge us more for energy and for cleaner automobile technology.

Good for you, for seeing through their greedy schemes.

Well, except for this: We humans, now in the billions, are consuming oil, wood, and coal at ever-increasing rates. We continue to foul our planet’s air and water with toxic chemical wastes, smokes, and particulates. Look outside. Does your air appear to be clean to you?

We waste too much material with consumer economics. Our planet will not support us for long if we keep doing business as usual.

Do you have kids? What kind of planet do you want your children to inherit?

Will you please quit the useless squabbling over perceived conspiracies? We need to change how we live here now.

This planet belongs to our kids. Preserve it for them.

ROGER MAX, Rochester

Higher tobacco taxes needed

As a mom of a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old, I’m concerned about my children’s exposure to tobacco.

That’s why I joined the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network at the state Capitol recently to lobby for passage of House Bill 2493 and Senate Bill 6433 — two bills that would raise the tax on tobacco products and help keep them out of the hands of our kids.

I met with Rep. Sam Hunt, D-Olympia, who expressed his support for these efforts. I hope we can also count on Sen. Karen Fraser, D-Thurston County, and Rep. Brendan Williams, D-Olympia, to protect our kids.

Not only will an increase in tobacco taxes save countless lives, it will save the state over $850 million in health care costs in the long term.

BOBBI HUDSON, Olympia

There are those out to destroy America

Al-Qaida, the Taliban and the Republican Party – what do these all have in common?

Answer: They exist to destroy America. They even have a few Democrats who are jumping in to help.

I didn’t think I would ever be writing another letter to the editor, but I watch the news and listen to the stuff on TV, and can’t take it anymore.

If John McCain and Sarah Palin were in there now instead of Obama, I guarantee we would be in a recession that former President Bush did his best to start – doing his part to wreck America.

We have a few people in Washington who are still trying to save this county and are not there just to get rich and say, “To heck with tomorrow and future generations.”

The election in Massachusetts is another indication that it’s just a matter of time before America will be no more.

God help us. The Republican party has an entirely different agenda.

BOB RUMSEY, Rainier

Focus on real threat to the world

Most of the nations of the world have wasted untold hours and millions of dollars at several conferences attempting to solve a problem that has yet to be defined – global warming.

A rather large number of scientists of varying specialties, aided by several money-hungry opportunists, have opined that the rise in the world’s temperature, if any and consistent, is a result of human misdeed. Thus far they have been unwilling or unable to produce satisfactory, factual evidence to support their contention.

Conversely, another large group of scientists, mostly specialists in climatology, dispute this opinion and call for factual, valid evidence.

However, there is a much more significant and proven valid problem that requires all, I repeat all, of the world’s nations participation to solve. The problem is Islamic radicalism and it has appeared repeatedly, and almost daily, in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as other areas.

It is obvious that no nation, regardless of basic or dominant religious orientation, is immune from this threat. Therefore, it is of utmost urgency that the problem be attacked on a total world basis if it is to be solved.

ROBERT SILVERMAN, Olympia

Obama inherited a mess

Will someone please answer this question: George Bush was given an eight-year free ride by our so-called liberal media. After only one year, President Barack Obama has been torn apart by the right and left, and his presidency has been declared a failed one. Why?

Remember when anyone who criticized Bush was called un-American or a traitor? I do, since I fell prey to character assassination on this page. I now say that the true un-Americans in this country are the far right neo-cons and Republicans in the United States Senate. The latter are stalling every piece of Obama legislation just to make him look bad. They’re proving the old Nazi dictum: If you tell a lie enough times, people will believe it.

Bush gave the rich tax cuts, weakened federal regulatory agencies (SEC, FDA) and sent U.S. troops to invade two countries without being prepared. Afghanistan could have been justified, but Bush removed troops for Iraq. Iraq, the second war, continues yearly to suck millions of scarce American tax dollars and was done for Bush’s self-aggrandizement. It is now winding down, thanks to Obama.

President Obama inherited a bad economy, continued job losses, growing national debt and the sinkhole called Iraq. And what could we have done with the near trillion dollars poured into Iraq — new schools, roads, bridges, or a functioning health program?

After only one year, Obama has been written off. Where’s the free ride for the president who inherited Bush’s messes?

DANIEL L. SHAW, Olympia

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