Letters

Letters

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Don’t Turn Your Backs on People

LISTEN! More suffering is being caused in our community by local officials than by the Whitehouse. Lacey bans RVs, the Port of Olympia (biggest property owner in town) arrests campers at the behest of millionaires, State DES has the budget to pristinely manicure campus lawns and build a multimillion dollar new office, but refuses to stop locking vital public bathrooms during a pandemic. Thurston County has the biggest budget and does almost nothing. And Mayor Selby's Olympia will tow a pregnant woman's only home before waiting one week for a disability check to come in. ENOUGH!!! THERES NOWHERE TO GO!!…
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‘Just Housing’ Letter to Oly City Council regarding Ensign Road Soft-Raid

‘Just Housing’ Letter to Oly City Council regarding Ensign Road Soft-Raid

Mayor Selby and Council Members, By now, most of you have likely received an update about what took place along Ensign Road yesterday morning. Monday night, we were able to share the news with residents that the sweep was put on hold after the City received a letter from the Attorney General's Office asserting that they believed the sweep would likely be considered a violation of the State's eviction moratorium. We also let people know that the City would still be there in the morning asking people to leave, but that they would not compel anyone to leave. We did…
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Russ Lehman

Russ is a member of the Public Disclosure Commission. He is an attorney who has worked for the legislature and a governor. He create and ran three different nonprofits and teaches public administration at the graduate level. He currently consults with the Billy Frank Jr Salmon Coalition.
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New Labels Same Bias

New Labels Same Bias

Our society is starting to commonly use a wider variety of labels for sexual and gender identities. It is wonderful. Yet, sometimes we hear a new label, and we want to show we are cool and inclusive, so we assume someone uses a label without asking. Unfortunately, this can lead to stereotyping based on sexist, racist, or classist bias. I will be speaking about my own life; my views don't represent anyone else's experience.  A fair number of people assume that I use the labels gender non conforming (GNC) and masc (masculine) to describe myself. When I ask why they…
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More Diverse Housing Please

More Diverse Housing Please

By Janae Huber, Olympians for People-Oriented Places With pressures from our larger neighbors--looking at you King County--and the ability for more people to work from home and live farther from their job--thanks technology--Olympia is welcoming new neighbors and the vibrancy they bring. Unfortunately, the approximately 1,000 new people arriving each year put pressure on our housing market. It may seem like we are building a lot of housing, but it is still not enough for Olympia’s growth. Vacancy rates are currently lower than 5%, which means that purchase and rental prices are rising rapidly.  To keep pace with the growth…
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