Hyer should stay in public office
One hundred years from now, citizens will look at our laws against marijuana just as we look at the 1920 constitutional amendment that prohibited alcohol.
The brainchild of high-minded public advocates and churchgoers, this law was mostly honored in the breach. It was repealed 13 years later.
During the prohibition era, many federal and local officials routinely violated this law, even though they continuously swore to uphold it.
Unlike Olympia Councilman Joe Hyer, two of these officials were wealthy and well connected. For more than a decade, no local prosecutor would dare set foot on a yacht or in a mansion where they flagrantly besotted their colleagues in attempts to influence them.
Using The Olympian editorial board’s logic, these two officials should have quit early in their public careers, rather than drag us all down. After all, they had ignored the U.S. Constitution.
How could they possibly be public role models for law-abiding citizens?
Of course, each of these two besmirched politicians would have had his own take on The Olympian’s reefer madness editorial.
The first, Republican Nicholas Longworth, would have quietly smiled and gone on with his work as a highly effective speaker of the House.
The House of Representatives later named its office building in his honor.
The second immoral hypocrite, Democrat Franklin Roosevelt, would have decided that he was the best judge of what he had to offer the people he represented.
He never would have quit, and neither should Joe Hyer.
ELYETTE WEINSTEIN, Olympia
Lawmakers will suffer
Thank you to Gov. Chris Gregoire, and all those responsible, for suspending Initiative 960 and completely ignoring the will of the people.
I have never worked for any political campaign to date, but this has given me the incentive to do just that. Maybe I can help get some people elected that understand who they are working for.
This arrogant attitude many of our elected officials seem to have these days of being so much smarter than the citizenry has got to stop.
By suspending I-960, they have probably doomed the Democrats in this state for a long time to come – high five – all to take the easy way out instead of doing the jobs they were hired to do.
I hope they are proud of themselves now and in the future when they see what their actions, or should I say inactions, have done for the state of Washington.
This state has been following in California’s footsteps for many years, and I’m sure it won’t stop until we are in as sad of shape as they are.
Thanks again for everything they have done for Washington state. They’ve done an exemplary job over the years flushing a large portion of our hard-earned tax dollars down a rat hole.
Well, at least when everything is gone, I will be able to drive my golf cart on the road legally. Now there is some top-notch legislative work.
They shouldn’t forget to vote themselves a pay raise. They’ve really earned it.
MARK TURNER, Olympia