Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Olympia

Sep.
27th

TACOMA: Get on board and ban plastic bags

With Thurston County’s and Tumwater’s recent approvals of a plastic bag ban, the number of communities in our area that have started to recognize the environmental dangers of these unnecessary items continues to grow.

Mukilteo, Issaquah, Port Townsend, Edmonds, Seattle and Bellingham have all taken a stand on this issue and have made the decision to get rid of plastic grocery bags within their borders. The Olympia City Council will be considering the issue as well.

Bags are recycled at a rate of less than 5 percent nationwide. It costs more to recycle them than it is worth, which means

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Aug.
16th

MEDIA: KIRO biased against Tacoma and Pierce County

M. “Morf” Morford’s recent Your Voice article (8-13)  about Tacoma’s heritage reminded me of an ongoing problem Tacoma and Pierce County have with TV stations in Seattle, particularly with KIRO-TV, Channel 7.

KIRO consistently attempts to use news stories to put down Tacoma and Pierce County. For example, a short time ago there was a news piece on KIRO’s evening broadcast about some sexual shenanigans down in Olympia. To describe the location visually to the viewers, KIRO used a map of Western Washington showing Olympia, the location of the incident. For some odd reason, the only other image on

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March
15th

HEALTH CARE: Providence has lost its soul

Re: “Health care workers walk out at Olympia hospital” (newstribune.com, 3-11).

Providence corporate officials have lost their way. They have abandoned the founding mission and core values in favor of amassing huge corporate profits.

They are already twice as profitable as the health industry norms. Rather than apply those funds in the community to recruit and retain skilled professionals directly serving the people, they extract money to the Renton-based managers for their million-dollar wages.

Founder Mother Joseph would be ashamed even as they should be. The mission is no longer to serve the “poor and vulnerable” but to make

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March
1st

HEALTH CARE: Providence cuts costs by cutting workers’ benefits

St. Peter Hospital in Olympia is a valuable asset to our region, and I want the hospital and the network of related providers to be successful. However, the growing trend to deflate total compensation and benefit packages, which is clearly valuable to individual enterprises, has a very disruptive impact on the financial health of our communities.

This situation is made worse when the health care providers we rely on are forced into catastrophic high-deductible health care plans. There is a sad irony that Providence is trying to increase health care costs for the very employees who deliver health care to

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Aug.
9th

AIRCRAFT: Greener skies for Seattle, noisier for us

The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing a plan to shift aircraft approaches to Sea-Tac airport. The main reason for this change is: fewer flights over North Seattle homes and lower emissions.

That’s nice, but the revised plans call for flights arriving from the southwest, rather than dog-legging over Olympia, to be replaced by more direct routings over Joint Base Lewis-McChord and the neighborhoods north of state Route 16.

At least the cacophonous noise of those 100 to 150 daily overflights should add joy to the residents who for the past 12 years have been subjected to extreme noise levels of

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April
30th

RELIGION: Emotion was very much present

Re: “Presbytery dismisses 4 churches in gay spat” (TNT, 4-27).

Please do not be misled by Steve Maynard’s mention of “little emotion or discussion” at the April 25 meeting in which the Presbytery of Olympia voted to dismiss four South Sound churches.

The Presbytery, long anticipating this action, spent many months crafting a process for dismissal that was approved unanimously by all our congregations. We decided early on that we wanted to engage in negotiations that reflect grace and love toward our brothers and sisters in Christ.

With that document as our guide, the congregations requesting dismissal spent many

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April
27th

RELIGION: Issue was no petty ‘spat’

I strongly object to the headline “Presbytery dismisses 4 churches in gay spat” that appeared on the front page of The News Tribune (4-27).

Webster’s New World Dictionary defines “spat” as “a petty quarrel, or dispute.” The decisions by the four churches that decided to leave the Presbyterian Church USA, and the Presbytery of Olympia that released them, were thoughtfully and prayerfully made, as well as a long time in coming.

As was indicated in the article, but not in the headline, the issue is more than having to do with the participation of gays. The decision to remain

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Oct.
9th

VIETNAM: ‘Mourning soldier’ addition is appropriate

Re: “Should Olympia’s Vietnam memorial include Vietnamese soldiers?” (TNT, 9-29).

I understand the feelings of Hal Lymus and those who share his view of the proposed “Mourning Soldier” addition to the Olympia memorial. I too lost friends. My brother lost friends. I have had to put the remains of dead GIs into body bags.

I know many former ARVN soldiers, their families and friends who left the Republic of Vietnam to come to the U.S. I have talked with and listened to their now-grown children who share even if they cannot fully comprehend what their parents feel. For all

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