Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for March 28

Lawmakers are out of touch

I want to raise a huge thank you to our brave state legislators for their foresight, wisdom, care and concern for the citizens of this great state. Because of their heroic action, I will now not only sleep better at night, but I will no longer have to worry about drivers on cell phones.

I can’t recall the number of times I was in fear of my life while driving because of some thoughtless person on their cell phone. How dare they direct their attention away from my (and your) safety while behind the wheel. Indeed, because of the Legislature’s action, we’ll all be much safer.

Oh wait, have I erred? Could it be that you and I aren’t really that much safer?

Oh no, the panic returns because the new law doesn’t cover eating, reading, looking at a map, combing hair, putting on make-up, yelling at the kids, picking noses, scratching behinds, changing the CD, flipping the bird, or anything else that takes the driver’s attention elsewhere.

Making cell phone usage a primary offense is just another joke being forced on us by an out-of-touch-with-people Legislature.

The Legislature doesn’t think about you and I when they enact foolish laws or overturn the voice of the voters because they don’t have to — after all, they’re special.

Just remember in November.

MICHAEL HILL, Lacey

Marijuana laws are unjust

Letter writer Robert Todd asks a few questions regarding Joe Hyer’s arrest. “Would they bleed for me if I got busted for possession...?”

Yes, many would bleed for anyone convicted of an unjust law, which is what almost all of our current statues on marijuana are.

It is reasonable to expect those in leadership in our communities to follow laws on the books. But it is also reasonable for them to use judgment and their positions of leadership to change unjust laws. Our state legislators and the governor failed this test this session in regard to marijuana laws.

Writer Todd goes on to point out that elections are coming up and asks, “Time for changes?”

You bet. I’m going to start by paying close attention to learn who decided to use county resources to pursue this case.

ALAN MOUNTJOY-VENNING, Olympia

Is Joe Hyer above the law?

I’m writing in response to Steve Shanewise’s letter, in which he downplays the allegations that Joe Hyer has been accused of by law enforcement.

In his letter to the editor, Shanewise lists all the reasons Hyer should of never have been involved with regarding the allegations of marijuana possession, distribution and being within a school zone while distributing marijuana.

Don’t we, as a society, hold our elected officials to a higher moral standard? Why on earth would Hyer be willing to throw his political career away in order to help his friends out? Is Hyer also indicating that his friends are willing to put his career and freedom at risk?

I have read quite a few letters that advocate the use and decriminalization of marijuana. Are these individuals also advocating breaking of laws, as Hyer is accused of? Why not advocate changing the laws prior to breaking them?

I can only imagine how many individuals that have been convicted of similar crimes, that weren’t elected officials or business owners, that found themselves being labeled nothing but a worthless drug user and dealer.

What if the allegations against Hyer involved dealing marijuana to children? Would he still be receiving all the support that is being printed in the local newspapers?

Hopefully, Hyer’s status as an elected official and local business owner won’t allow him to be above the law.

Seriously, what kind of message would that be sending to our youth?

CURTIS E. BUSH, Tumwater

Eyes of Christian faith are not blind

In a letter disparaging Christian faith, Bruce Robinson asserted that, “... every religion that ever existed is neither verifiable or falsifiable. ... The word ‘faith’ is never used if evidence is available ... (Christian denominations) all demand that you believe in them through blind faith alone.”

Christian faith is not in denominations. It is in the person of Jesus Christ, God’s son and expression of his love, who paid the just penalty for man’s rebellion against God by dying on the cross for that sin. He rose from the dead in order that man might again be given the power to live in right relationship to God — a free gift of God’s grace to anyone who acknowledges personal need of it and accepts it.

“Now Thomas, one of the twelve ... said to them, ‘Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.’ A week later ... Jesus ... said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.’ ”

Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:24-29)

The eyes of Christian faith are not blind; they have been opened to the verifying evidence provided by a living lord and savior!

JANN COFFMAN, Olympia

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