Blue Byline

A cop's perspective of the news and South Sound matters

Tag: Tacoma City Council

May
4th

Extremism, not gay marriage, will kill the Constitution

According to the National Archives website the U.S. Constitution is written on animal skin.

In describing the process of creating parchment (scraping, stretching and drying the dead flesh of farm animals), the conservators of our nation’s foremost document fail to mention its most compelling attribute: It is elastic.

How else would one describe these five pages which together create the framework for a legal system that has withstood a savage tug of war for more than two centuries?

An example of the Constitution’s elasticity played out in Tacoma last week when Roy Moore, the controversial chief

Read more »

July
11th

Hilltop neighborhood protective of their progress

Tacoma City Council members got a rare demonstration of neighborhood activism last Tuesday: 20 people showed up to protest a single item that wasn’t even on the agenda. Those people, all residents of the Hilltop neighborhood, were there to speak out against the rumored addition of a sex offender halfway house in their neighborhood. Whether or not the possibility existed (the answer is probably not), their presence was at least a reminder that a united neighborhood, aka a community, is a power to be reckoned with.

For proof you need look no farther than the Hilltop today. Vital businesses have

Read more »

April
11th

Councilwoman provides legitimate reason for gang study – federal money

When Tacoma City Councilwoman Victoria Woodards penned her recent letter to The Trib, it was probably with a release of some pent-up frustration. The letter was a response to the multitude, myself included, who criticized the council’s decision to spend $50,000 studying the city’s gang problem.

Since the city released the results of their consultant’s research in early March, the City Council has been roasted for its alleged waste of scarce funds on such an obvious issue, none as much as Woodards. There was, I believe, good reason for

Read more »