Letters to the Editor

Letters from June 28, 2006

Ferry safety

Where’s all the money going?

In light of the Seattle ferry shutdown on June 14th I would like to present some facts. First, in July 2005 $704,213 was awarded from Homeland Security for protection of Washington State Ferries. Secondly, in August 2004, the Washington State Department of Transportation said that 800-1,000 cameras would be installed on ferries funded in part by an $11 million Homeland Security Grant to the ferry system. Then in September 2005 Sen. Patty Murray announced that the feds will provide more than $7.2 million to improve security in the Washington State Ferry system. And in October 2005, a $1 million grant from Homeland Security was awarded to fund passenger training in how “to protect the nation from terrorists.”

So, has all this money made the public feel any safer on Washington State ferries after what took place on a ferry leaving Bainbridge Island on June 14? A driver bypasses the toll booth and drives aboard a Seattle-bound ferry and ferry personnel decide to wait until the ferry docks in Seattle before doing anything about it.

I think that our Congressional delegates should think about obtaining funds from Homeland Security, not to train passengers on how to protect our nation from terrorists, but to train Washington State Ferries personnel on how to recognize a possible threat to a ferry.

DAVE DAHLKE

Port Orchard

Minimum wage

A double standard

So let me get this straight.

Republicans refuse to raise the 9-year-old federal minimum wage because 1. (supposedly) only teenagers make minimum wage and, 2. it’s bad economics for the government to ensure employers pay a living wage.

But the same Republicans in the U.S. Senate want to raise the exemption from this and similar laws from $500k companies to companies that make more than $1 million per year. And why? Because that amount lags behind inflation.

Kind of like the minimum wage does, huh?

MELANIE MALCOLM DELKER

Bremerton

Thank you

School volunteers appreciated

Fairview Junior High wants to say a great big “Thank you” to Jennifer Baetge, Jim Bergson, Robert Boddie, Trish Branch, Norm Broga, Cliff Clark, Susan Caley, Joe Collins, Rupa Dara, Charles Davis, Enzo Dinio, Julie Eathorne, Joan Ferebee, Mari Fujimura, Liz Gentile, Mike Gentile, Joan Griffin, George Grant, Kerry Hayes, Chris Harvey, Robin Hastings, Karen Hallis, Jerry Hurd, Darlene Jenkins, Julie Johnson, Rainer Kunz, Sharley LeDuc, Tomas Levario, Dianna Loiacano, Lawrence McElwee, Jody O’Brien, Archie Pajimula, Sabrina Pajimula, Deanna Patrick, Jim Pomeroy, Tony Radalesku, Michelle Reynaga, Noa Reynaga, Greg Robocker, Alan Snow, Elaine Snow, Josephine Speight, Jeannie Stuart, Debra Sumner, Kim Winter and Kay Zolman. These people put in countless hours helping the students and staff.

LORI CASSIDY

Fairview Jr. High

recognition/publicity chairwoman and ferry personnel decide to wait until the ferry docks in Seattle before doing anything about it.

I think that our Congressional delegates should think about obtaining funds from Homeland Security, not to train passengers on how to protect our nation from terrorists, but to train Washington State Ferries personnel on how to recognize a possible threat to a ferry.

DAVE DAHLKE

Port Orchard

Minimum wage

A double

standard

So let me get this straight.

Republicans refuse to raise the 9-year-old federal minimum wage because 1. (supposedly) only teenagers make minimum wage and, 2. it’s bad economics for the government to ensure employers pay a living wage.

But the same Republicans in the U.S. Senate want to raise the exemption from this and similar laws from $500k companies to companies that make more than $1 million per year. And why? Because that amount lags behind inflation.

Kind of like the minimum wage does, huh?

MELANIE MALCOLM DELKER

Bremerton

Thank you

School

volunteers appreciated

Fairview Junior High School wants to say a great big “Thank you” to Jennifer Baetge, Jim Bergson, Robert Boddie, Trish Branch, Norm Broga, Cliff Clark, Susan Caley, Joe Collins, Rupa Dara, Charles Davis, Enzo Dinio, Julie Eathorne, Joan Ferebee, Mari Fujimura, Liz Gentile, Mike Gentile, Joan Griffin, George Grant, Kerry Hayes, Chris Harvey, Robin Hastings, Karen Hallis, Jerry Hurd, Darlene Jenkins, Julie Johnson, Rainer Kunz, Sharley LeDuc, Tomas Levario, Dianna Loiacano, Lawrence McElwee, Jody O’Brien, Archie Pajimula, Sabrina Pajimula, Deanna Patrick, Jim Pomeroy, Tony Radalesku, Michelle Reynaga, Noa Reynaga, Greg Robocker, Alan Snow, Elaine Snow, Josephine Speight, Jeannie Stuart, Debra Sumner, Kim Winter and Kay Zolman. These people put in countless hours helping the students and staff.

LORI CASSIDY

Fairview Jr. High

recognition/publicity chairwoman

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