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Yelm Community Blog’s 12th Anniversary is today –
Bloggers have become essential in this “Age of Cynicism”

Yelm Blogger Steve Klein
Photo Copyright © 2018 Stephen R. Klein.

– THANK YOU to readers of the Yelm Community Blog,
available via YelmCommunity.org, YelmNews.com, and Yelm.com (upper right tab).

– Editor’s note:
The Yelm Community Blog was begun at the insistence of a supporter to my Yelm mayoral campaign, who said I had garnered so much knowledge in the year 2005, that to just walk away would be a travesty to the community. I heard this supporter’s message and with his encouragement, began this Blog March 29, 2006 as a free service to the public and as a live archive of important stories of local, historical significance.

The Yelm Community Blog’s first entry twelve years ago today is still pertinent now: “5000 pupils in Yelm Community Schools,” with the recent schools bond failure.

As always, you can e-mail this blogger at info@yelm.com.

Thank you for your continued support.

Steve Klein
Host, Yelm Community Blog

– The following letter highlights The Age of Cynicism for which Blogs have become essential resources in presenting more in-depth reporting on stories of interest that were once the purview of newspapers, who have dwindling resources and staff to operate as they once did, amidst this era of exponential technological advances.

Dear Editor of the Nisqually Valley News (NVN);
I am disappointed to learn from the NVN front-page story March 22, 2018 that all three 2nd Legislative District (LD 2) lawmakers, Sen. Becker, Reps Wilcox and Barkis, voted “nay” to every bill Gov. Inslee signed March 19 aimed to improve voter access in Washington state. This is so sad. How can our representatives be against greater access to democracy for the public? Even their fellow Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman was quoted in your story saying, “These new laws are a positive step forward for our state’s elections.”

I was raised in the south (Louisville, KY.) and visited my grandparents often in Birmingham, AL., where I clearly still recall the events that ripped this nation apart when I was in my youth. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led black voters in a March 1965 walk of the 54 miles from Selma to the state capital of Montgomery, Alabama, in an effort to register them, facing opposition and violence along the way. This was so vividly broadcast in black and white on national television (no color T-V then), which I remember being taught by my 5th grade teacher Mrs. Leeth, a wonderful lady who is still in contact with me to this day. As we remember MLK, Jr. next week on the 50th anniversary of his assassination, I am amazed that voter access for which he advocated and was jailed would be opposed by our 3 Representatives.

When 53 years later after Dr. King’s march and our own LD2 Representatives voting against the opposing party’s proposals became more important than doing what is right for their constituents, that contributed to what I call “The Age of Cynicism” – and this applies “on both sides, on both sides.”

Our 3 Representatives’ small and minuscule reasons for voting against the 5 Voter Access Bills do not hold merit when they should be supportive of greater access to democracy for ALL of their constituents, which becomes crystal clear when we reflect as a nation on MLK, Jr’s legacy next week. These Representatives’ commendations on King’s work then will hold no credibility. This is especially so when put in context of the Oath of Office to the nation’s and this state’s Constitution they swore to uphold that proclaim equal rights for all!

Yelm_Blogger Steve Klein

Posted by Steve on March 29, 2018 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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  1. Congratulations Steve! You are making a great contribution to the community with your blog.

    Comment by Guustaaf Damave on March 29, 2018 at 3:26 am

  2. Indeed, Steve, your blog has been an invaluable service to the community. You are a true giver and I salute you on the anniversary of this essential blog. Keep going!

    Comment by Marilyn Reardon on March 29, 2018 at 4:28 pm

  3. Your blog and Letters to the Editor are great! We need to make more people aware of the disturbing voting of our 2nd LD representatives. Barkis seems to align himself with Taylor and Shea – 2 very right-wing reps from Eastern WA. Barkis is cosponsor on 2 anti-abortion bills HB 1002, HB 1003. Wilcox is strongly pro-gun and received $3550 from pro-gun lobbyists last year. When the senate had a GOP majority Becker kept progressive health bills from getting out of the Health & Long Term Care committee.

    Comment by Madeline Bishop on March 31, 2018 at 10:12 am

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