Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for April 22

Harris-Moore should not be idolized

Thanks and congratulations to Emerson Hardebeck for his outstanding Board of Contributors column.

Congratulations also to his parents, teachers, and mentors who instilled in him the values he so articulately advocates. I, too, have a tough time understanding why anybody would buy a T-shirt with fugitive Colton Harris-Moore’s picture on it; much less why a responsible parent would tolerate its wear.

I had periodic contact with Harris-Moore while he was incarcerated and was not dazzled. Nor was I surprised when he broke the trust placed in him when he was transferred to a less secure facility. What he or anybody else thinks he has accomplished since his escape is beyond me, unless the goal is to have fun giggling about his crimes with other immature social misfits.

He will ultimately be apprehended and imprisoned for his crimes. That concerns me because I really don’t want my tax money to feed and clothe him while he leisurely lives out his life.

Perhaps the losers who buy the T-shirts could ante up for his support.

Meanwhile, people like Emerson Hardebeck can succeed in life by doing those things that Harris-Moore failed so miserably at. Once again, Emerson, thanks and congratulations. If they ever put your picture on a T-shirt, I plan to have one.

RON WAITMAN, Lacey

Conservatives can’t have it both ways

I was watching Glenn Beck recently and he raised a question that perplexed me (as he often does). He had a panel of Republican college students on his show and he asked them if it was hard to be a conservative in college.

They all agreed that it was. Beck then commented on how hard it is to be a conservative commentator.

Then they all went on at length about the difficulty of being a conservative in a liberal world. So here is the part I don’t get: all the commentators on Fox are constantly telling me two things that conflict with each other. They say: conservatives are an oppressed minority and our country is overall center-right.

Which is it? If we truly are center-right, then conservatives should not be in the minority.

The fact is, most of the people in this country care about each other and the common good of their community, which according to Beck, is a progressive agenda.

So using all the information I’ve gleaned from his show, I’ve come to the conclusion that the country is indeed center-left and conservatives are indeed a minority — albeit a loud and well-organized minority.

Either that or Glenn Beck is simply crazy, and in that case he should be grateful mental illness is no longer a pre-existing condition.

ANINE COLAIRE, Olympia

Support Lacey fire annexation

Taxpayers in the city of Lacey and Lacey Fire District 3 have a huge opportunity at their doorstep — to vote to approve the annexation of the city of Lacey into Fire District 3.

This is a vote that should have occurred long ago and it just makes sense. The contractual arrangement hasn’t worked well for other municipalities, and here was no exception.

It has created more problems than it has solved. With approval of the annexation, residents living in the city will finally have a real voice in their fire department, ensuring a responsible direction is forged and for residents in the fire district, levy rates will equalize with city and district residents paying the same for the same services.

Approval of the annexation will also provide the department with the ability to determine what resources are necessary to service the fast-growing Lacey area and allow the personnel of Fire District 3 to focus on continuing to provide a professional, high level of service to the citizens instead of wondering what the future holds.

Vote “yes” on annexation!

CASEY SOBOL, Olympia

Budget should be first bill adopted

Twenty some odd years ago, the voters of Washington state gave an affirmative vote for the legislative sessions to become an annual occurrence. This was done because the legislators stated they could take care of the state’s business in the period of time an annual session would provide.

No more special sessions.

How often have they held to this? How much money have the taxpayers paid for them to carry on their follies of special sessions?

And they wonder why the taxpayers don’t believe them when they are asking for a state income tax while claiming that other taxes would be reduced.

The budget should be the first item of business taken care of in the annual session and nothing else should be adopted until it is passed.

I know this may sound simplistic, but I believe that goal can be achieved — if they try.

If these special sessions continue, we should hold the legislators accountable by not paying their wages and benefits for the special sessions. How long would it take for them to shape up?

JACQUELYN W. JOHNSON, Shelton

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