Government greed is on display
I write in regard to the recent story “Rough times for diamond.” Once again, big bully government rears its ugly head, proving without a doubt how business unfriendly Washington state government is.
With unlimited taxpayer dollars, the government builds and operates (at a loss) a competing ball park near the Skyhawks Park in Lacey. Then, it feels the need to punish and run Skyhawks Park out of business.
I guess if it’s not a union-controlled government operation it does not deserve to exist.
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Our government does not tolerate competition and will spend as much of our tax dollars as necessary to squash it.
The problem arises from the Department of Transportation complaint that Skyhawks Park has billboards located near a state highway. The park has been operating and making money for the community and local government for 30 years. So they have a few billboards on display. Big deal.
It’s called advertising, free market economy, private business, but I guess our local and state government have no clue.
While the owners of Skyhawks Park have cooperated with the nearby government run park, it seems our government officials are not so easy to work with. Is there no limit to Washington state government’s greed and stupidity?
I guess not.
JACK T. MOORE, Lacey
Initiative separates haves, have-nots
Initiative 1029 requires that caregivers receive 75 hours of training. While this sounds like a good plan, it is actually deceptive, misleading and expensive.
Caregivers working for clients receiving Medicaid benefits will receive free training. The state already pays for their training, although this was not mentioned in the initiative.
I-1029 provides an additional free 75 hours of training for every state-funded caregiver. What other profession receives free training?
What about caregivers who work for private paying clients — those not eligible for Medi-caid? These employees also must obtain 75 hours of training, but must either pay for the training themselves or gain assistance from their employer.
Most employers will have no choice but to help their employees pay for the cost of additional training, and then will be forced to pass this cost on to their clients who already pay dearly for their care. This seems like a terrible injustice to non-Medicaid eligible taxpayers!
Because most of the population is not Medicaid eligible, the effect will be far reaching.
Last year, the Legislature delayed implementation of 1029 by one year because of budget issues. This year, the governor’s budget delayed implementation another year. However, both the House and Senate budgets include $6.5 million for this training. It would seem that in these times of economic hardship, our government does not have the luxury of paying for unnecessary, duplicative and expensive training!
Please contact your legislators and ask them to reconsider this decision and delay funding for I-1029 another year.
JULIANNE FERGUSON, Olympia
State should legalize drugs
OK, it is time to chart a new course.
As you all know, we the people have lost the battle with banning alcohol and tobacco — both drugs that are known to kill if used to excess. So what did the citizens do about alcohol and tobacco after some good fights? They were legalized. And they are now taxed.
I also realize we have been in a battle with drugs for as long as this country has been in existence. The citizens have fought the good fight, costs to fight the drug wars are out of sight and still, crime, drugs and jails are costing us money and waste.
So, I propose we legalize every drug there is.
Let the state sell them, tax them, and then benefit from the people who use them.
Give up, surrender and save money, reduce crime, create jobs, reduce the need for jails — just legalize them.
WAYNE HARDY, Lacey
There are downsides to marijuana use
I know marijuana supporters are out there and feel there are many positive medical uses for marijuana, from treating glaucoma to cancer, and this is true. It’s also clear that tobacco is the only product that can kill you if used in the manner it was manufactured for.
However, I think a recent letter writer failed egregiously to mention that tobacco does not cause lack of concentration on any task at hand, nor does it cause one to fall into an altered state. It does not cause a loss of motivation to live life to the fullest extent, or to find a job if one needed to support oneself.
It may cause hunger for those who need it in their treatment of cancer, due to the side effects of loss of appetite from chemotherapy, yet this also is detrimental to those who use pot and have gained too much weight.
I am certain that there are many car accidents that have either gone unreported or failed to have been recorded that are certainly the result of use of marijuana, but these are never mentioned when Mary Jane supporters claim it is less harmful than alcohol abuse.
In fact, marijuana use prevented many potential applicants from being able to rent the house located across the street from my home. The residing tenant refuses to lease a room to anyone who uses weed on any basis whatsoever.
You can’t tell me those applicants that were denied had a terminal illness. Yeah, right.
JULIE C. SCHULZ, Lacey