Letters to the Editor - 10/24/16

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Deyoung park

Regarding the Tom James article City sets course on Olympia requests, DeYoung Park redesign.

It is surprising that the City Council would consider spending between $200,000 and $800,000 on a redesign.  It seems wasteful of precious tax dollars to spend even the $27,000 on plans for the redesign. The park is currently some nice open urban space with a couple of benches. Why change it at all? We already have Gateway Park, ball fields, bike trail, parking and more at the west end of downtown.  The new apartments under construction will likely have some sort of small open play area so it seems odd to make improvements to DeYoung park when there is already larger more appropriate park choices a short walk away. DeYoung park looks fine and is of reasonably new improvement. I don’t think many people use it because of location and other park choices. I will certainly attend the public input meetings and try to understand who is behind this and why. Asking Olympia for money … for this? Why?

I support the comment of Bernie Talmas on this one. (abbreviated) “It would be a waste of time to have a designer come up with a plan.” It’s also a waste of money in the face of other priorities.

Why is the council considering this? Is there a need to get public input on what city priorities should be for discretionary funds?

Peter Burnham



According to Google, the definition of gender equality is: “The state in which access to rights or opportunities is unaffected by gender. Legislation that reflected the principles of gender equality.” No matter the gender, everybody should have the same rights. The reason why this is such an important issue is that everyone can have a better future if treated equally. Everyone is affected by gender inequality even if you aren’t a victim of rape or discriminated against based on your gender. Someone you know and/or love may have been a victim. Based on our genders we are given specific roles. Men are supposed to be providers and women are supposed to be at home moms, doing all the chores. This is not how today’s society is supposed to be. We have evolved.

We’ve made progress, such as more job opportunities for women, but there is more to work on. Equal pay for equal work and equitable cost for products for all genders are two areas that we can work on. According to National Women’s Law Center, “American women who work full time, year round are paid only 80 cents for every dollar paid to men — and for women of color, the wage gap is even larger.” There should not be a wage gap.  No matter your gender, you should be paid based on how good of a job you have done.

You can be part of preventing it; discrimination/inequality against any group/person is dangerous because it can be the beginning of inequality for everyone. People can feel safer being themselves and be more comfortable if gender equality was more recognized.

In order to make this work, we all need to vote in favor of laws and political candidates that promote equality. We should also boycott products and services that charge more or less based on gender.

For example, men’s personal hygiene products (such as shampoo/conditioner and body wash) are cheaper than women’s. If we make these changes we could have a better society.

TJ Ariz


Save the bees
Can you imagine a world without apples, carrots, cocoa, coffee, or cotton? That means less fruit, less vegetables, no Starbucks, less clothes. This will be a reality if bees go extinct.

In the six years leading up to 2013, 10 million beehives were lost, that’s 2x the normal rate of loss! Now the total annual loss of bee colonies is 44%, a 3.5% increase from 2015. You may not think this matters, but it matters more than you know.

Bees are critical pollinators: they pollinate 70 of the around 100 crop species that feed 90% of the world. Think of an archway. At the top, there is the center stone – the keystone. If you remove that keystone, the arch collapses. Bees are a keystone species of our environment. The extinction of bees would have ripple effects throughout our world – if you remove them our world will collapse, just like an archway. Scientists predict nearly 50% loss of plant species as a result of the extinction of bees. In turn we would not only have half the available fruits and vegetables in supermarkets now, but we would struggle to feed mass amounts of livestock –  that’s a significant portion of food lost. With this it would be hard to support Earth’s 7 billion population.  

There are simple things that we can do to help. Putting a water basin or a bowl of water with some rocks inside outside your home will help hydrate the bees. When possible, buying local and raw honey will promote local economy and support beekeepers. You can plant bee friendly plants, while not using pesticides/chemicals in your garden You can also donate to The Pollinator Partnership, the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to protecting pollinators like bees.

But right now I need you to spread the word. If you can’t do any of these things, then let everyone know that bees are dying and that’s not ok. Don’t keep quiet, tell your friends and family. Can you imagine a world without apples, carrots, cocoa, coffee, or cotton? If we save the bees, you won’t have to.

Tiffani Lewis



October 22nd was International Stuttering Awareness Day. Did you know that 70 million people worldwide stutter – more than the population of France?

For nearly 70 years, the Stuttering Foundation has offered free information about stuttering and its treatment. To mark this year’s awareness day, we’ve compiled information for all ages from speech-language pathologists around the world who specialize in the treatment of stuttering. This invaluable info can be found

We hope to reach everyone with accurate and informed information about stuttering.

Jane Fraser, president
The Stuttering Foundation

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