Envision a world embracing peace
I recently returned from Detroit where I attended the Allied Media Conference and U.S. Social Forum. I was impressed by the gathering of somewhere between 10,000 and 30,000 peace and justice activists from all over the U.S. and world.
It made me think of what the U.S. could be. In a way, I think the last 10 days of June in Detroit were a model of the sort of nonviolent world that might be possible when people decide that they want to stop hurting each other, and start contributing to making the world a better place for all people. No more racism, poverty, hunger, suffering. No more war.
The world will be a much better place when people concentrate on transforming society toward altruism, toward serving the mutual uplift of all people. That’s rather than continuing to feed our current system, which is based on serving individual economic self-interest — a system where people actually get rewarded for activities that do harm. We all deserve something better than that.
I wish the national mainstream media would have given more coverage to the USSF and AMC. It’s telling that 300 rioters in Toronto received more attention than 20,000 engaged in nonviolent constructive dialogue. What if commercial media paid attention to the positive work that so many people are doing — the work to make the world a better place, and the work to resist structural and cultural oppression (and many other forms of violence) that besiege our society?
To unite, not divide.
ROBERT “BERD” WHITLOCK, Olympia
Send the right people to Congress
Thomas Jefferson spoke warning the future generations about huge government, banks and corporations. Is not this exactly our dilemma today? Our federal government has grown too huge and powerful and it supports banks and the system of corporations which strip us of our safety and happiness.
Banks and corporations are immoral because their bottom line is profits and only profits. The federal government is immoral because its bottom line is power and control.
It is obvious that the tyrants of 2010 are the federal government, greedy bankers and corporations.
Are you ready to rebel and “alter or abolish” our corrupt federal government as our founders did their corrupt government in 1776?
Change is definitely needed — a change back to the principles of our Declaration of Independence and our U.S. Constitution. May I suggest term limits (go back to the original terms set in the Constitution), less power and money to the federal government (pay them no taxes), a money and banking system owned by the people and an end of access to our representatives by political parties and corporations.
Instead, let us send the most qualified persons in our communities and states to represent and serve us. Send people who cannot be corrupted and bought by banks and corporations. Send people who do not accept any campaign funds from banks or corporations. Send people who actually bar bank and corporation lobbyists from their offices. Send representatives who listen to and serve only their true constituents — “We the people.”
MARY HATH SPOKANE, Rainier
Fireworks should be banned
Near midnight on the Fourth of July I had a stressed out dog from the booms that were still going on in the streets outside. Please, please, please. I beg all, please stop the individual fireworks in Olympia and Tumwater.
Every year I dread the Fourth of July. And don’t get me wrong, I have always been a big fan of the Fourth, just not the way it is celebrated in this town.
My mom lives in a town where, because of the risk of fire, private fireworks displays are not allowed. And it had the best Fourth of all — parades, ice cream socials, music in the park, a rodeo, bell-ringing at the bandstand — a good old fashioned family friendly, something for everyone kind of Fourth.
The Fourth here is one official fireworks display and lots of individuals creating sonic stress for everyone else at completely random and unpredictable times over the course of 2-3 days.
I like fireworks — firework displays with a set start and end time, fireworks that are actually pretty to look at, fireworks shot off by professionals, fireworks that are intended for the community.
Random booms that start at 9 a.m. and continue until well after the curfew time of 11 p.m. are fun only for the 5-6 people standing around setting them off. They are not inclusive, do not build community spirit, and do a lot to tick off one’s neighbors.
Olympia and Tumwater must follow Lacey’s example — ban fireworks. End the sonic torture.
EMILY SAUNDERS, Olympia