Your oyster seeds can help keep Budd Inlet cleaner

The seventh annual Olympia Harbor-Budd Inlet Oyster Seed Project is about to get under way, but it needs your help.

A $35 contribution purchases a bag of 300 oyster shells containing five seeds per shell. When the project’s volunteers plant these shells around the inlet and Olympia harbor, the oysters grow and begin cleaning up our local waters.

One oyster filters up to 50 gallons of water per day, improving water quality and keeping Budd Inlet bountiful and beautiful.

This year’s planting is scheduled for Aug. 18 at low tide, but the project needs to order the seeding shells by Aug. 9. That means they need your contribution today.

Anyone interested in helping can contact Dan Mazur at danmazur@lycos.com or at 360-250-3407.

The trouble in Tenino continues.

It seems the Tenino City Council didn’t follow state law in appointing the new police chief, John Hutchings, a longtime Olympia police officer.

State law requires a city’s civil service commission to recommend three candidates for the chief position. But Tenino didn’t have enough members on its commission, so Mayor Eric Strawn made the decision to appoint a new chief, rather than recommend new members to the commission. “Which one was more important,” he asked?

Actually, both are important, but it’s hard to disagree with the mayor’s logic. Except that the city attorney, doing his job, has forced the city to follow state law.

That was the right thing to do.

A hearty congratulations to the Port of Olympia, the City of Olympia and the Squaxin Island Tribe for pulling off a successful beginning to the 2012 Canoe Journey last Sunday. Despite numerous other events occurring in the South Sound last week, including the final day of the Washington Senior Games, the event came off smoothly.

That’s a testament to the months of planning and cooperation between the tribe, the Port and the city, among others.

The request to purchase guns in Colorado rocketed up by 41 percent in the four days after the horrific movie theater attack near Denver.

Just as new gun laws won’t prevent a determined psychopath from killing others, putting more guns into the hands of amateurs only increases the likelihood of an unfortunate accident.

It’s a pleasure to watch all of the female athletes compete at the 2012 summer Olympic Games in London.

For most of the year, women’s sports operate in near obscurity. Every once in a while, a female golfer rises to the top of the news cycle or the Seattle Storm string together remarkable victories in the WNBA.

But at the Olympics, women take an equal, and sometimes more prominent, stage.

Who wasn’t riveted by the performance of the U.S. women’s gymnastic team, or the gold medals won this week by Gabby Douglas, Missy Franklin and Allison Schmitt?

For an intense two-week period, people all over the world watch, with equal interest, men and women perform in friendly international competition.

It is a small reminder that humans everywhere share common motivations, goals and emotions, regardless of race, religion or gender.

The official review is done, and the Child Fatality Review Committee has concluded that “nobody could have anticipated that Joshua Powell would murder his two sons.” It was the right conclusion to a horrible family tragedy.

We can’t imagine a more complicated case. Because Powell was a “person of interest” in the disappearance of his wife, Susan, the review committee said closer cooperation between child care workers and law enforcement might have resulted in a prohibition on in-home visits with the two boys. But, the committee also said child care workers in the Department of Social and Health Services “demonstrated the highest concern for the children’s health, safety and welfare.”