Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for April 13

Nation is on the right path

What ever happened to all those “United We Stand” bumper strips? Did they all come off the day after the 2008 election?

I guess the tea bag supporters only believe that we should be united when our United States is controlled — House, Senate and White House — by right wingers. So please spare me of all the demagoguery about how my side is leading a movement toward a socialist nation, a government that is violating the Constitution, or becoming anti-democratic and totalitarian.

America clearly is going through a period of hysteria as we did with McCarthyism, the “red scare” and the know-nothings. Most of us still believe America is the greatest country ever to have been. Unless we collectively lose our sanity, it will continue to be a great country — irrespective of what the tea bag supporters are chanting.

As our Constitution so eloquently states, “We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity ...”

With health care reform, we can become a more perfect union, and a country which works to help everyone.

SAM GARST, Olympia

Not in my Bible

Once again, the media (this time The Associated Press) has identified a radical, militant group as Christian. More fodder for those such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who points to religious conservatives as dangerous extremists.

Did the article about the eight members of Hutaree emphasize what others knew about them? The mother of one took away his guns because “she thought he needed mental health treatment.”

But the kicker is the Hutaree, who said its name means “Christian warrior” and who “quotes several Bible passages,” adding that “Jesus wants us to be ready to defend ourselves using the sword...”

Huh? Which Bible is this? The one I am familiar with says:

“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities..” (Rom. 13:1)

“Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities...” (Titus 3:1)

“Make every effort to live at peace with all men.” (Heb. 12)

Christian militancy is an oxymoron.


Support Fire District annexation proposal

Many people in our community with whom I’ve spoken seem to be confused by the upcoming Lacey Fire District annexation ballot issue.

Lacey is not annexing large portions of its urban growth area into its city boundaries, though this is the usual thing that happens in an annexation.

Instead, the proposal is to annex the city of Lacey into the area served by Lacey Fire District 3. Residents of the city of Lacey have been well-served by Fire District 3 on a contractual basis for many years. The annexation would merely do away with the need for this contract and would include the city of Lacey in the Fire District 3 service area.

This makes hugely more sense than the city of Lacey starting its own fire department. Voters should vote “yes” for this annexation when they receive their ballots.

KAREN VALENZUELA, Thurston County Commissioner

Health care reform not end of the world

I’m writing to reply to the spate of anti-health care reform letters which have appeared over the past few months, and to thank the Congress for finally passing the reform bill.

Anyone who still believes that our health care system is the envy of the world, or that it was in any way equitable or sustainable, is delusional. I’ve worked as a health care provider in Olympia for 30 years, and I see evidence every day of just how broken the system is, especially for people, many of them working people, who can’t afford to buy it.

I’m old enough to remember when Medicare passed in the 1960s. Republicans warned of dire consequences and the impending end of the capitalist system. Now that my parents and in-laws are insured by Medicare, I realize what a godsend it is. It’s flawed, but what would life be like for our elders if they had to navigate a world where they couldn’t afford health care?

I would remind the right-wingers that their overheated rhetoric (Barack Obama as Adolf Hitler, foreign agent, Muslim, terrorist, communist, Antichrist, etc.) is breeding violence in the land. If memory serves, our last president manufactured facts to drag us into a war whose human and monetary cost has been staggering.

Then there was an election. Health care reform is not only not the end of the world, it’s a step toward a system which embodies the Christian and American ideals I and, I believe, most of this community hold dear.


Standard already set

Dolores Owens wrote that Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn should lose his job.

No one condones driving under the influence, but the standard for high officials as spoken by Owens was set when state Supreme Court Justice Bobbe Bridge was cited for DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.

Even our esteemed then-Gov. Gary Locke came to her defense, stating she should not lose her seat. Remember?