Fallen hero finally honored My family and I have had a year to reflect on last Memorial Day. It was a special day for us. One of our own was finally honored by adding his name to the Washington State Vietnam Memorial. This addition was long overdue as Sgt. Richard E. Dodd was killed in action in Vietnam on December 31, 1970. He was not included in the memorial because he was originally from Oklahoma. Richard was stationed here, owned property here, left his wife and 14-month-old son here, and is buried here. This was the state he came to love. I tried for years to get this name added. I was always told by whatever administration was currently in the governor’s office that he was there “in spirit.” Last year, my son met Rep. Gary Alexander, ROlympia, who immediately went to work to overturn an injustice. Sgt. Dodd’s name was added in an impressive ceremony with Rep. Alexander in attendance. Thirty-nine years after our hero’s death, Rep. Alexander helped prove that dreams can come true. We thank Rep. Alexander for honoring this brave and wonderful man. We will always love and miss him. On this time of remembrance, please pause for minute and say a prayer for those who did not come home.
LUCI (DODD) ROBERTS, Lacey
Robinson is top candidate for vacancy We’ve got a huge election coming up to pick the next person to take off where Rep. Brendan Williams is leaving off. There is only one candidate who has the experience and solutions to step up day one and that is Steve Robinson. Robinson has been fighting for our quality of life for 25 plus years as an employee at Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission. In this role, he’s helped write critical legislation. He knows the process and knows what it takes to get things done. Robinson is no empty suit and he has a clear, proven, track record. He doesn’t need to hype himself or overstate his experience. His résumé speaks for itself. His experience far exceeds that of any of the other candidates running. He will be an advocate for all of us, not just in the district, but the whole state, as he fights for jobs, a better environment, education and tax fairness. It’s no wonder he is supported by Congressman Norm Dicks, state Sen. Kevin Ranker, and many other legislators. They know it, I know it. We need a bold leader with the experience and solutions needed to step up and fight for us. That man is Steve Robinson. I encourage you to check out www. citizensforsteverobinson.com to see for yourself.
IAN CRINEAN, Tumwater
Planning not strong in city No one should be surprised that the taxpayers have once again been hit with a “gotcha.” As the $36.5 million City Hall proceeds to completion, suddenly they realize that there is a parking problem. Could this have been foreseen? Let’s see. There are 250 employees in the building, plus the public needs access to parking stalls. They have parking for 49. Give that to the police department. Whoops, we have a problem. Again and again, the lack of foresight by those in power strikes the people in the pocketbook. What next, a study to drain Capitol Lake and return in to a muddy wasteland? Or maybe a study to build some really tall buildings on the landfill portion of the port area. Or worse yet, build a lot more roundabouts, particularly the single-lane type, with lots of tall shrubs in the center to conceal other vehicles. Way to go, Olympia city planners.
ROY MURRAY, Lacey