Letters to the Editor

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Archives: April 2010

April
30th

ROSSI: Rossi is cabinet-qualified

The state Democrats stated Dino Rossi is a partner in a firm that allegedly owes $20,000 on a piece of property (TNT, 4-30).

Is this a problem? It shouldn’t be, for if this claim is judged true, he has made himself a top candidate for a cabinet position in the Obama administration.

April
30th

EDUCATION: Tacoma schoolkids support young military families

Re: “Schools can’t afford to alienate volunteers” (editorial, 4-30).

While sometimes volunteer efforts hit snags, Tacoma elementary students are learning the value of giving back. Thanks to the generosity and love of books of students such as those at Grant and Mann elementary schools, hundreds more children of military families will receive a brand-new book the next time they visit their doctor at Madigan Army Medical Center.

That’s because the students at those schools and several others in the area participate in Scholastic’s book donation program, ClassroomsCare, which encourages students to read to help support families who have sacrificed so

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April
30th

GOVERNMENT: Big Government is the enemy of democracy

Our founders were determined that power could never be focused in a central government. The Constitution lays out a definite pattern of checks and balances between the branches of the federal government, with explicit limited power in the executive branch. They were well aware of the corruption that flows from power too narrowly focused, leading to tyranny. Primary power was vested in the hands of the people and the states.

Our founders suffered immense personal peril to escape from the tyranny of big government. The new government was carefully planned to ensure freedom from government intrusion. This led to success

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April
30th

IMMIGRATION: How about boycotting Mexico travel?

Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon criticized the recent passage of the Arizona immigration bill. He must have forgotten most of the illegal immigrants in the United States are from Mexico.

Maybe before he criticize Arizona’s laws he should take stock of how he is running his own country. Why are his people fleeing their homeland? What does Mexico have to offer its citizens?

I encourage American citizens to stop taking vacations to Mexico. Maybe that would give Calderon something to think about.

April
30th

PESTS: Cat adoption’s OK; just keep them indoors

Re: “Humane society offers pest-begone devices” (letter, 4-29).

I’m all for pet adoptions. However, please keep those cats indoors and find a different way to get rid of mice and rats.

The Audubon Society estimates there are more than 40 million stray and feral cats in the U.S. and the numbers are growing. These numbers don’t even reflect the “house” cats that are allowed to roam outside. These cats kill hundreds of millions of birds every year.

It doesn’t matter if the cats are spayed/neutered. They will instinctively still hunt and kill birds. Plus, Indoor cats are also safer from

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April
30th

OBAMA: Racism is alive in politics

On every issue that President Obama has had to face, the Republicans and “tea partiers” disagree in their glorified rhetoric. There is no room for compromise. Their minds are made up immediately. They hope President Obama fails. They have admitted this.

They refuse to believe he was born in America. They rant and rave and accuse him of being a socialist. They are certain his agenda is to take every gun out of the hands of every American.

But these issues are really not about politics. They are sadly under the disguise of deep-rooted racism and hate. They refuse

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April
30th

MILITARY: Service retirees discriminated against

How can Washington state justify discriminating against thousands of military retirees?

RCW 41.06.133 states, “Military personnel who voluntarily retire after 20 or more active duty years or who receive a pension of $500 or more are not considered veterans.”

This past legislative session I presented this case to state Sen. Mike Carrell and state Rep. Troy Kelley. They agreed, and consulted with the Joint Veterans/Military Affairs and Department of Personnel, which agreed.

The RCW was revised and presented to the 2010 Legislature, but unfortunately it was not important enough to be heard due to the short legislative session.

Many

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April
30th

TACOMA: Don’t cut the public libraries’ budget

Re: “Library in cross hairs as revenue falls short” (TNT, 4-28).

Tacoma’s city government has a budget shortfall, and the libraries, of all places, are targeted to take the hit. Yes, the libraries, one of the few free sources of education, information and entertainment.

It wasn’t long ago, when the recession first hit in late December 2008, that we learned the City Council had given large raises to employees at a time when other cities were laying off workers and cutting or freezing salaries. The rationale was that adjustments were being made to bring pay in line with current market

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