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Tag: national recession


Police and fire cuts highlight city’s fiscal irresponsibility

If you are a vile Grinch (or perhaps Tim Eyman) then the Tacoma municipal budget may be giving you everything you want this Christmas, such as:

No more fire stations for Proctor and the Tide Flats. Don’t worry, everything there was either old or flammable anyway.

No more school resource officers. No problem – just hang a few “No bullying” signs.

No more fire boats. Heck, if the fire’s on the water then it’s not really a problem (let’s just overlook all the chemicals and HAZMAT at the port, though).

No more gang unit. Well, they’ll just have to behave

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Raises amidst layoffs leave a sour taste

By the end of 2008 most Americans recognized that our country was in real financial trouble. In the ensuing months we watched as the politics and corporate greed led to runaway unemployment, a huge bank bailout and a growing unrest culminating in the current Occupy Wall Street movement.

Meanwhile, back in Tacoma, we should all be pleased to hear that the implosion of our national and state economy over the last three years has yet to trickle down to the coffers of the City of Destiny.

As crazy and sarcastic as that sounds, that seems to represent the reality for

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