Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for April 19

Vote against fire district annexation

Fire District 3 commissioners approved a labor contract giving firefighters a 17 percent salary increase at a time when government agencies and the private sector are slashing payrolls during a period of national economic drought.

It would then appear that the fire commissioners reasoned that since the city of Lacey is under contract with the district for fire related services that they could reach into the deep pockets of the city of Lacey to fund this 17 percent salary increase after the fact.

The Lacey City Council members decided, and rightfully so, that the buck stops with the fire commissioners and not the city of Lacey.

The fire commissioners employed and age-old strategy called “tit for tat” by closing the Hawks Prairie fire station since they could not fund the 17 percent firefighter pay increase that they had contractually agreed to.

The firefighters then campaigned long and hard to replace select council members during the general election that would not go along with the program.

In the process, we lost a fine and dedicated mayor who attempted to do the right thing in support of the best interest of the community.

Our new mayor proclaims support for your vote to annex the city of Lacey into the Fire District 3. Service would remain unchanged yet it will cost you more in taxes. Sounds like hook, line and sinker.

Either keep us under the existing contract or establish a city-owned and operated fire department.

Vote “no” on annexation.


There are good days and bad days

America has had sad times and happy times.

The 1930s were sad, during the Great Depression, when dust clouds changed day into night and tumbleweeds raced across our farm.

Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, was sad but May 8, 1945 was Victory over Europe Day, was happy.

On Aug. 15, 1945, V-J Day, the end of WWII, we celebrated by blowing my ship’s whistle.

Nov. 22. 1963, when Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated President John F. Kennedy, was a bitter day.

August 1964 was a sad time, when President Lyndon Johnson lied to escalate the Vietnam War, but in 1965 he helped us get popular Medicare.

July 20, 1969 was a great day, when our astronauts safely landed on the moon.

In the November 2000 election, the Supreme Court ruled that many Florida ballots would not be counted, so George W. Bush could win.

The 9-11-01 attack by Islamic militants was sad, as were Bush’s lies about Iraq’s weapons to support his attack on March 19, 2003.

Bush left us with a $10.6 trillion debt, nearly all accumulated under Ronald Reagan and the two Bushes, for military costs and tax cuts for the rich.

November 2008 was a happy time, when we outgrew racial prejudice to elect a black president.

Our democracy ended Jan. 21, 2010 when the Supreme Court said corporations can buy any election.

March 21, 2010 was happy, when Congress approved a health care plan that will protect 32 million more Americans, but it is not an efficient government plan like Medicare.


McKenna wins over Gregoire

Who represents Washington voters, Gov. Chris Gregoire or Attorney General Rob McKenna?

In November 2008, Gregoire received 1,598,738 votes. McKenna received 1,689,764 votes. Therefore, McKenna represents 91,026 more voters than Gregoire.

Even King County can’t find enough votes to overcome those numbers.

The voters have spoken: McKenna wins.


Nation needs more physician assistants

In all the haste and chaos to get the Obama health bill passed, it would appear that little or nothing has been planned to prepare our limited health care facilities to handle an additional 20 million to 30 million more potential patients.

As most of us realize, it is already often very difficult to see a general practitioner in a timely manner when sick or injured, let alone any type of specialist.

Since the lead time to educate medical personnel, particularly doctors, can be over a decade, why not put our main emphasis on the accelerated education of physician assistants and nurses?

Many physician assistants can handle 80 percent to 90 percent of most office call requirements, and are then in a position to refer the remaining, more complicated, medical cases to a medical doctor or a specialist.

Since the major portion of the Obama health plan will not go into effect until 2010, an expedited education program for physician assistants and nurses begun today, would come much closer to meeting our future medical requirements than continuation of the status quo.

What better use can be made of stimulus funds? These funds should be utilized in securing more medical personnel where most needed, and putting thousands of people to work in meaningful careers?