Mural is an inspiration for all of Olympia
I write today with a letter of thanks for the Olympia-Rafah mural.
I want to express my gratitude and acknowledge all of the hard work that went into this massive and massively important project. Thank you to all the workers, including muralist Susan Greene, who pioneered the mural’s concept and the vision. Thank you to everyone involved including those at the Olympia-Rafah Sister City Project, and the Rachel Corrie Foundation.
I think that the impact of the mural is only beginning. And I would guess that for much of the community, a realization of the full impact of the mural will take some time to sink in.
This mural is an important work of art, and a monument. It’s a monument to Rachel Corrie, and a monument to the terrible situation in the Middle East — where problems in regard to the situation with Israel and Palestine are on the minds of many people around the world.
I think that the mural represents many of the people and groups among whom the keys to peace may lie. The mural also represents hope for a healing that will only be possible with the creation of a just, equitable and true peace among all of the people in that region.
The mural: What a wonder to behold.
Next step: Turn that parking lot into a park.
There’s more information about the mural at olympiarafahmural.org.
ROBERT (BERD) WHITLOCK, Olympia
Oil company's actions should disgust Americans
BP’s childishly named junk shot has done nothing to stop the flow of oil.
This catastrophe has left me feeling depressed and frustrated like the many in our community who have been watching the oil plumes grow on the news.
I feel BP should be made an example of along with Transocean and Halliburton. Their executives sent to prison, all profit taken away, their holdings confiscated by the people and when their company name is spoken, people should spit on the floor in disgust.
I am boycotting BP, but there isn’t a station in the South Sound region. I am organizing a caravan to the U.S. Social Forum to help create another world but that doesn’t stop the rage I feel toward BP.
I wrote a letter to President Barack Obama, but he won’t listen to what I have to say. I am rallying, writing and raging, but I think I have found something else worth doing. I’m claiming.
I am filing a claim against BP for illness. They have made me depressed and angry and I haven’t been sleeping well. This has affected my school work. I’m asking for $2,000 to cover tuition since their negligence and greed may cost me credits.
I encourage everyone to file claim if BP has affected them as a form of protest and grievance. If by some fluke they pay, I will give the money to community organizations that restore the environment.
BRUCE WILKINSON, Olympia
Cheryl Crist is ready to serve us in Congress
Brian Baird is leaving Washington D.C., and we get to vote again to support what we value.
I have discovered a candidate that will represent what I value, and I hope that I will be joined by a majority in Olympia to send Cheryl Crist to Congress.
Crist is running to transition from a war economy to a peaceful, green economy. I can think of no more important goal.
Simply put, she is choosing well-being for people and the planet over death and destruction. Put another way, Crist will work for kids in school and clean water and air, instead of more nuclear weapons and corporate profits.
Not long ago, I ran into a friendly lady out for a walk. I was washing my car and the neighbor’s dog was lolling in the street. We chatted for awhile before I asked her name. And then I realized that the name was familiar. This was Cheryl Crist, unassuming and real.
I believe Crist will represent me as she says she will: to bring troops home from war, to hold polluters accountable, to reregulate our financial institutions to be fair to the average person, and to support human beings instead of bureaucratic corporate interests.
Obviously these are tall orders, but they are orders that get placed vote by vote and Cheryl Crist will vote her conscience every time.
That’s the best we can ask for.
VALERIE KRULL, Olympia