Downtown parking kiosks are annoying
I am not a supporter of the downtown parking kiosks.
I didn’t see any problem with the existing meters and their free 16 minutes worth of parking. They were charming. I’ve used the new style kiosks in Seattle, where there actually is a parking problem, and have found them inconvenient.
Not only do I have to hike over to use the machine, I have to hike back and put a sticker on my car.
No free 16 minutes, obviously.
The former City Council made a lousy decision installing these, especially at a cost of about $700,000 during difficult economic times. I’m glad I helped vote those council members out.
The message these new kiosks send to the dogged loyal folks who really do try to shop downtown is, “We don’t want your business.”
Well, I don’t want your kiosks.
I am extra committed to walking, biking and busing in my support of local business owners. I hope others will do the same.
ANGELA VAN CAMP; Olympia
Parking at community college is a challenge
The parking situation at South Puget Sound Community College is atrocious.
Every morning you will see students lined up waiting for a space so they can park.
If you don’t happen to be one of the lucky students to get a parking spot in the closer lots, then you have to park far away in the more distant lots that are not necessarily operated by the college.
Additionally, there are designated carpool parking lots that often time have several open spaces, but are not available to those who are not carpooling.
Carpooling or taking the bus is not always a viable option for students who are on a tight schedule.
New buildings are under construction. This is wonderful, but a lot more attention needs to be paid to students’ needs for reasonable parking.
SPSCC is a fine school with quality education and quality instructors. However, it is frustrating for students to have to struggle with parking issues so that they can pursue their academic endeavors.
If land is not available, perhaps multilevel parking is an option.
RUTH WILSON; Tumwater
Do we really want to force deportation?
In consideration of the evolving belief that the deportation of undocumented workers will somehow put U.S. citizens back to work, farmers would be wise to buy crop insurance and go short.
By the time our unskilled, chronically underemployed sector can be contacted, detoxed and convinced to work, the grapes will have likely withered on the vine.
And when this population of poorly-toned people are finally introduced into the labor force, the ensuing cascade of job injury claims, arising as skeletal-muscular injuries, will implode the system. The impact of heavy labor will soon bankrupt our workmen’s compensation program.
One way or the other, socialism is still going to be around awhile longer.
TORRY E. VENT; Olympia
State furloughs will reduce private spending
I work for the people of the state of Washington.
I make less in government service than I have in the private sector. I am a researcher who, with my colleagues, has brought to the state in excess of half-a-million dollars in funding (creating nine new jobs) from outside the state economy this year alone.
Gov. Chris Gregoire, in her infinite wisdom, has decided that my colleagues and I, along with the nine jobs we have created should take furloughs, although we are not using one state dime.
I, and thousands like me, will not be purchasing a new car this year, or a computer, or taking a vacation, or building the addition on my house, or purchasing many other things so that I might prepare for whatever comes next from our fearless leader.
So, do these furloughs we state workers are being forced to take make you still feel good?
I hope so because the tens of thousands of dollars I and thousands like me won’t be spending due to these temporary layoffs should do wonders for the state economy. Right?
Remember, with all politicians it’s how it looks, not how it is.
MICHAEL MIZELL; Tumwater