Letters to the Editor

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Archives: May 2010

May
31st

MEMORIAL DAY: Military spouses are heroes, too

On this Memorial Day, I will honor an American hero. She rests at the Tahoma National Cemetery.

Not all soldiers carry guns, and not all heroes serve in battle. This hero served for 26 years as a military spouse. Her name is Atha.

The battles she fought were frequent moves, remote postings to unfamiliar places, long separations and sick kids. And she volunteered wherever she was needed. She was sometimes recognized for her service, more often not.

Like soldiers who have foxhole buddies for strength during times of battle, military spouses often band together to fight their battles.

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May
31st

DOGS: Unsecured animals lead to Dexter’s demise

Re: “‘Dangerous’ animal rule too harsh?” (TNT. 5-29).

Sorry, but I don’t feel sorry for the lady in Bonney Lake who has to bail her criminal canine out of the pound. If Meesha killed a neighbor’s chicken on that neighbor’s property, they why shouldn’t she be held responsible? Not providing adequate enclosure for her dog, after being given a second chance, is serious business.

Our 14-year-old Cayuga duck was recently torn asunder by a neighbor’s two dogs. Dexter was a fixture on our two-acre farmette in Midland, our first baby animal after we’d built a high non-climbing fence, topped with

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May
31st

VETERANS: Show a little compassion, please

I belong to an online veterans listserv, and over the past day or two, reports have been pouring in of vets feeling out of sorts, listless, sad, having nightmares, wanting to isolate, etc. One list member summed it up by saying “something creepy is going on.” Another might have hit the nail on the head by remarking that after decades of therapy, he has realized that all the hoopla and ever-present reminders in the form of sales, tributes, etc., at this time of year can serve as triggers to vulnerable vets.

If you have a military veteran, especially a combat

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May
31st

OIL SPILL: Pitts unfairly attacks Jindal

Re: “With oil spilling, governor goes crying to big government” (Leonard Pitts Jr. column, 5-30).

Pitts attacks Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal for demanding some assistance and support from the Obama administration and BP.

It seems, according to Pitts’ reasoning, if you’re a conservative then you have no business asking for the government to assist you no matter how serious the problem is or how many millions of people it may affect.

It took almost seven weeks into the oil spill before Obama finally stepped up to the plate and accepted responsibility for directing the cleanup and assisting the fishing industry,

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May
31st

CHE GUEVARA: Strange tourist attraction

Re: “‘Che’ Guevara journey becoming tourist trail” (TNT, 5-30).

Well, let me give you a “tour” of his life. Guevara was an international terrorist and a Stalinist mass murderer. He was a cold-blooded killing machine. He opposed freedom of religion, speech, free election, press, assembly, protest and any other rights. He jailed homosexuals. He supported Cuba’s 1960 repression. He subjugated 6.5 million Cubans. He was a narcissist.

Maybe this “tour” of Guevara’s life transformed the reader to learn more about this evil person.

May
31st

WAR: ‘Casualty’ refers to wounded as well as dead

Re: “America’s ‘casualty gap’” (TNT, 5-30).

The authors initially and accurately refer to Americans “who have lost their lives,” “ultimate sacrifice” and “died.” Then they 16 times use some form of the word “casualty,” which according to dictionaries and the military includes both killed and wounded.

The authors justify this use by writing, “Although the military uses ‘casualty’ to include wounded soldiers . . . the standard practice in political science uses the term casualty to denote deaths.”

I studied some political science and was also a casualty a few times in World War II and strongly disagree. In my

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May
31st

GLOBAL EDUCATION: Obama should take part in summit

While world attention focuses on the World Cup starting June 11, leaders of the world will head for Johannesburg, South Africa, and the high-level summit on global education that will be held at the same time.

South African President Jacob Zuma, who was in the U.S. recently, spoke with President Obama and urged him to attend the summit. His government has associated itself with 1GOAL which is supported by the global football community and its governing body, FIFA.

Recently the Education for All Act of 2010, H.R. 5117, was introduced in the U.S. Congress by Rep. Nita Lowey and

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May
31st

TACOMA: Look at Lincoln Center’s success

Re: “Racial gap seen closing in schools” (TNT, 5-29).

What I did not see in this article about the Tacoma School District’s efforts to close the achievement gap was any mention of what we know is working and was covered by this very paper (2-21): the extended day, extended week, extended year model at Lincoln High School known as Lincoln Center.

While systemic efforts are needed, what appears obvious to me is the need to do more of what we know is already working for our students as evidenced by the impressive data from Lincoln Center. I am now left

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