Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for March 5

The FOX network lies

I write in response to Robert Silverman’s letter to the editor, “Focus on the real threat to the world.” It seems to be straight out the FOX network talking points.

The reality is that 200 years of intensive fossil fueled industrialization has resulted in a world that is in very bad shape. An alarming number of species have gone and are going extinct. Whole ecosystems have been destroyed and many more are being degraded.

In his letter, Silverman engaged in obfuscation and slander. Silverman wrote that money-hungry opportunists are behind a conspiracy to connect global warming induced climate disruption to human industrial activities.

This couldn’t be further from the truth.

In the letter Silverman went even further to slander radical Islam as the greatest threat to the world. In reality the greatest threat to the world is the fundamentally radical free-market ideology of the world’s most powerful, most abusive and most destructive corporations. These corporations adhere to the financial bottom line no matter what: no matter the cost to human dignity and human rights, and ecological sustainability.

The FOX network lies. FOX routinely propagates a rhetoric of hate and division. As a counterpoint, I recommend Media Matters (mediamatters.org/) an organization that regularly documents misinformation occurring in the mainstream media.


Where's the list?

The tea party people who want to do away with taxes, I would ask that they please make a list of government programs that they would like to keep and tell us how they would pay for them.


We risk a collapse of society

I did not attend either tax protest in Olympia on Feb. 15, not because I disagree, but because both groups are irrelevant and attempting to control a way of life that no longer exists.

The steady growth economy of the last 60 years is gone. It died in a housing market bubble which saw private debt in this country increase from $6 trillion to $13 trillion.

National debt has increased to $13 trillion.

States have increased their debt to over $60 trillion. The largest and fastest growing segment of the economy is service and military.

As the empire shrinks and the military becomes less of a factor in our economy, what will replace it? We can, as a state, increase taxes.

Counties, cities, ports, towns have all lost revenue sources. Should they increase taxes?

Can we expect this to be repeated every year?

Since January 2009, the state has received billions from the federal government as stimulus and still the state has a budget shortfall.

As a state we must begin a civil conversation to determine how we function. What services do we provide in an economy which will continue to shrink for the foreseeable future?

The decisions will be difficult. However, they must be made or we risk facing a collapse of the society into chaos.

We must change the culture in the Legislature to caring more for the needs of the citizens and less for the desires of the parties. The past will not predict the future.


Moral standards not same as religion

I write in response to Daniel Walters’ letter concerning the teaching of religion in schools.

It is not my intention to debate Walters’ idea of religious curriculum in school. That is an argument that takes more than 250 words to explain its wrongness.

However, Walters’ attack upon faithless people, and his assertion on how a lack of religion brings ignorance needs to be addressed.

He is quick in illustrating the examples of Lenin and Mother Teresa; one was an atheist and a brutal dictator, the other, Catholic and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. One could just as easily assert that Thomas Paine and Osama bin Laden possess the true characteristics of non-religious and religious people. Paine led the U.S. independence movement more so than any other man, while being atheist. Bin Laden is the man responsible for 9/11, who used religion as his reasoning for attack.

When judging someone of faith, we can’t be so narrow-minded to label any non-religious person as immoral. Nor can we do the same for theists.

A study by the Josephson Institute of Ethics found that moral behavior is indistinguishable between people who regard religion as either not important, or very important.

Though religion may be influential in one’s morals, not everyone needs faith to uphold moral standards. When we judge non-religious and religious people alike, let’s not generalize with stereotypes.

An individual creates their own moral standards, regardless of religion.


Time for a single-payer system

Having experienced both health care provided by employer and a medical disability with loss of that coverage, I know how easily a person can go from comfortable to desperate.

As one of the only developed countries without universal health care, as well as the most costly and poorly performing, it is time for the United States to shift to a single-payer health care system.

The haves are one illness away from the have nots, and should wake up to this reality.

JAY JONES, Shelton