Letters to the Editor

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Archives: April 2010

April
30th

RAIL: Fast trains found in many towns

I am really disappointed in the editorial (TNT, 4-29) that sides with local officials who are afraid of rapidly moving passenger trains in their cities. Have none of the editors and officials ever traveled outside of Pierce County? The anti-train arguments, while no doubt well-meant, sound provincial and misinformed.

Fast trains (regular ones; bullet trains at 200 mph are another subject) are found all over Europe, where they rarely sound a warning at grade crossings, as well as in large metro areas in the U.S. The closest examples are in the San Francisco Bay Area and the metro Los Angeles

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April
30th

CRIME: Police didn’t ‘protect and serve’

As my family and I were leaving a local Target parking lot, we saw a car break-in and noticed the burglar fleeing on foot. I quickly dialed 911, told the dispatcher what was happening and explained to her we were following him since he was on foot. The dispatcher pretty much dismissed me and said “thank you for the information and we’ll contact you if needed.”

My husband was trying to corner this guy for over 40 minutes (we were still in our vehicle and the burglar was walking around, waiting for his ride), while no signs of police.

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April
30th

RAIL: Building overpasses would be overkill

Re: “Cities have valid concerns about rail bypass” (editorial, 4-29).

Railroad crossings are dangerous when people do stupid things and break the law, but let’s put things into perspective. A train going 20 mph can be just as deadly as one as one moving at 79 mph. Some train crews believe that slower trains strike more cars because more drivers think they can beat the slower train.

The crossing protection is set to provide 30 seconds of warning before the train, regardless of train speed. A short passenger train going 40 mph would block a street for about 52 seconds.

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April
30th

IMMIGRATION: The real culprit: Illegal ‘employers’

For all the heated controversy about illegal “immigration,” the debate should really shift to the real culprit: illegal employers.

Congress mandated that all employers are supposed to, under penalty of the law, check and verify the Social Security numbers of all new hires. Where is the enforcement? Why would undocumented workers risk crossing our borders if they knew that they could not hurdle this employment roadblock?

Corporate America has successfully shrouded the issue in a fog of deception through its political power. Yes, we have a nationwide unemployment rate of more than 10 percent, and it’s easy to get angry

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April
30th

LAND USE: Hearing examiner decision needs review

Residential property owners in the City of Tacoma should be concerned about a recent decision made by the city’s hearing examiner, in which a proponent requested and was granted variances to the Tacoma Municipal Code for construction of a religious assembly building in a residential neighborhood.

The code permits religious assembly buildings to be built in residential neighborhoods, but with conditions relative to building setbacks, height restrictions, parking, screening and landscaping, and building design which is consistent with the character of the neighborhood.

The proponents requested variances on all of these conditions, and surprisingly the hearing examiner granted the variances

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April
30th

OIL SPILL: Another government takeover?

Here we go, folks. The feds are now taking over cleanup of what could become the worst oil spill in our nation’s history, right there in the Gulf of Mexico.

Where in the Constitution is the federal government given the authority to interfere in the free operation of private enterprise this way? BP was simply doing what it’s supposed to do: making big money off a dirty petroleum market, and something exploded. Accidents happen, get over it.

Oh sure, the area’s ecosystem may be permanently destroyed, its fishing and tourism industries may be decimated, a few hotels and restaurants will

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April
29th

IMMIGRATION: Illegal aliens expect rights of Americans

Many Mexicans are using the United Sates for their benefit but do not want to become a part of it. Many don’t even speak English, but why should they? Everything is printed out in Spanish for them; there is no incentive for them to become true Americans.

But here is the biggest point that really rubs Americans the wrong way. Illegal Mexicans physically walk from Mexico into America. and the instant they touch American soil, they want everything that hard- working Americans struggled many years to obtain. They want free medical, the right to work as Americans, and the right

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