Letters to the Editor

Your views in 250 words or less

July
9th

ELECTION: Trudnowski’s a fresh face in politics

The Aug. 5 primary is less than a month away. Many candidates are the same ones we see every election, but one is new.

Monique Valenzuela Trudnowski, candidate for House Position 2 in the 28th District, is not a career politician or candidate. She and her husband Bill own Adriatic Grill near the Tacoma Mall and know the challenges of being small business owners during tough economic times.

Rather than sell the business, they stepped up and voluntarily foreclosed on their home to meet payroll for their 30 employees during the peak of the recession. Their business now employs more

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July
9th

OBAMA: Most criticism has been undeserved

Another letter writer (TNT, 7-8) raises the question of Barack Obama’s ranking as a U.S. president, giving three reasons for finding him wanting in his political role.

I too have been disappointed, and did not vote for a major party candidate in 2012. But criticism of Obama as president has generally been excessive, as people seem to forget that no president since Abraham Lincoln took over at a worse juncture in our history.

On the day that Obama became president (Jan. 20, 2009), the country was deeply involved in two hot wars (going nowhere), the country’s financial system was in

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July
9th

ELECTION: Pass Peninsula bond, not the levy

For several months the Peninsula School Board and Citizens for Responsible School Spending met to understand each other’s positions. Gig Harbor North is growing and needs a new school. Impact fees for development won’t cover the actual impact on schools. Artondale Elementary building needs a permanent fix.

We all understand the importance of education and wish to support our schools while considering tax impacts on property owners.

The proposed levy will collect $55 million over five years, causing a 40 percent spike in school property taxes. This causes hardship for fixed-income retired and disabled people falling above property tax exempt

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July
8th

IMMIGRATION: Where’s oversight of deportees?

Your article about illegal border crossings (TNT, 7-8) states that after parents with children are in custody, they “are handed notices to appear at the immigration office closest to their destination and dropped off at bus stations across the Southwest.”

So I’m to assume the “honor system” is the oversight to this program that assures all American citizens the illegal immigrants are following through with deportation processes.

Last year I was standing in line at Sea-Tac Airport waiting to go through airport security. Standing in front of me was a middle-aged man. He wore a turban and sandals, sported a

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July
8th

MIDDLE EAST: Retaliation doesn’t work

The Middle East is destroying itself through the old law of retaliation. The Romans called it lex talionis. The Hebrews called it “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.” It doesn’t work.

Through this outmoded law, my enemy and I descend into each other’s lie. Israeli and Palestinian, Sunni and Shi’a, spiral in a dance of never-ending violence, based on the delusion that one’s act of revenge is a form of “justice,” while the enemy’s is a crime.

But a Palestinian Jew named Issa once offered a new law. He said, “You have heard, an eye for

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July
8th

TACOMA: Support ban of single-use plastic bags

The White House recently released studies detailing the widespread and immediate effects of climate change. The release of carbon emissions into our atmosphere is directly causing sea level rise, ocean acidification and extreme weather patterns.

We must act to reduce our energy use and minimize, to the extent possible, our consumption levels. In Tacoma we have an opportunity to launch a policy change that will reduce consumption: We can transition from single-use disposable plastic bags and adopt the use of reusable bags.

You may think that the plastic bags with which you carry home your groceries cannot possibly have a

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July
8th

TACOMA: Why is section of bike lane closed?

Is Tacoma a bike-friendly city?

On North Yakima Avenue and other sections of the city, work is underway to fashion a piece of the “bike boulevard” that eventually will stretch from South 96th Street on South  Park Avenue, across downtown, past Wright Park to North 26th Street and all the way west to Pearl Street, mostly on North Yakima and 24th streets.

Bike boulevards are low-speed streets that are optimized for bicycle traffic. Tacoma’s Mobility Master Plan includes transportation options that are designed to allow for reduced risk of conflict between fast-moving cars and slower and smaller bicycles and pedestrians.

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July
8th

ELECTION: Vote no on East Pierce levy

East Pierce Fire & Rescue, never satisfied with the money it gets, wants another maintenance and operations levy, Proposition 1 on the Aug. 5 ballot.

The fire district is asking taxpayers to replace the existing, soon-to-expire two-year levy with a four-year levy. Not only that, it wants a 55 percent increase in the levy amount.

The existing levy has cost taxpayers $3.1 million per year, but Prop. 1 will cost East Pierce taxpayers $4.8 million per year – a 55 percent increase. Are you guaranteed a 55 percent increase in pay for the next four years?

The district says it

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