From the readers
August 28, 2008 · Updated 1:42 PM
The column you wrote (on the states new regulations for employers dealing with heat stress of employees who work outside during hot weather) was an ignorant piece of work, writes Ruth Arm Barnes of Port Angeles, Wash.
You get your butt out there in the heat and work as hard as a person who needs to keep the job to pay their daily living expenses for your family, however big it is. The employers who work these folks forget what heat does to someones body out in that heat. As I said, try it. Check out the chemistry of the body under the stress of undissipated body heat. Ive lived in Port Angeles 19 years, was in Las Vegas for 19 years before that. It is my job now to turn in folks who leave dogs, babies or kids in their car unattended when it is warm. Check out the statistics on that. A lot of these folks dont appreciate the suns dangers up here. The arrogance and ignorance of your column dismayed me.
P. S. I do read your column.
I was relaying the complaints of businesses affected by the new Department of Labor and Industries regulation that requires employees be provided with shade canopies or tents that have air conditioners or misting stations. They also must provide one quart of water per hour per worker and a positive signal informing workers when to take a drink.
Businesses say they already saw to it there was adequate water and they dont need to be nitpicked to death with details. Also, the regulation was adopted as an emergency rule meaning it stays in effect for 90 days without the usual public hearings and economic impact statement required for non-emergency rules.
A challenge already has been filed against the rule, I understand, so it will get its hearing in court. Mrs. Barnes was a little harsh on me, I think, considering the criticisms were from business, not me, and I gave DLIs side of it, too. But God bless her for looking out for the critters, animals and human, left to suffer in cars by stupid humans.
Re the attack on Hillary Clinton, writes a reader in Spokane who forgot to sign his or her (I think her) name: Would Julie from Ellensburg or Adele from Hansville want to be defined by her own husbands past? Probably not.
In the column about the co-sponsored debate among the Democratic presidential candidates, Bill Clinton got into the mix when I recalled the Clintons taking a truckload of furniture from the White House to stock their new home in New York, stuff retrieved by the FBI. Im sure it was joint venture, not him alone. Regardless, hes still adored by many whod like to have him back. Him, not necessarily her. If he should be kidnapped by aliens, she can just forget the whole thing.
As for my husbands past, I wish as many people liked me as liked him. He was a kind and generous man without a mean bone in his body. Wish I could say the same of me
You recently had an article in our local newspaper about the new worship and songbooks that are available for the Lutheran church, writes Midge Kiourkas of Newport. You were concerned about the hymns being generic as am I. Could you please give me your source so I might share this with some church members who also are concerned? We recently had a Eucharistic prayer in one of our services which read, Creator, God, Mother and Father of all things, so you can see my concern.
My source is the Lutheran Hedgehog, a publication of CrossAlone Lutheran Churches, a group formed by churches that left the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in response to the push for ordaining gay clergy and blessing homosexual marriages.
Adele Ferguson can be reached at P.O. Box 69, Hansville, WA, 98340.