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TACOMA: Abandon resolution opposing Arizona law

Letter by Lisa Kelley, Tacoma on May 20, 2010 at 11:13 am with No Comments »
May 24, 2010 10:22 am

Re: ” Tacoma will redo vote on Arizona” (TNT, 5-19).

Tacoma says its mission is, in part, to “provide high-quality, innovative and cost-effective municipal services.”

A noble goal indeed. While the City Council’s resolution on Arizona’s immigration law may score on the “innovative” front, it lacks on the “quality” front.

The leap in logic the council makes in stating the Tacoma Police Department “should not be put the position of racial profiling” makes no sense. The City of Tacoma wouldn’t ever enforce Arizona laws. Further, it’s clear that the vote it did manage to take was in violation of its own stated rules.

The resolution also lacks on the “cost-effective” front. If individual council members feel so strongly about Arizona’s immigration problems, there are plenty of opportunities for them to express their opinions on their own time.

The time and expense spent in creating a city-financed opportunity for the council to show righteous indignation left me wondering why the council members couldn’t focus on, say, how the Tacoma police treat suspected gang members right here at home.

In the resolution, the council states its wish to have Tacoma recognized as a “livable and
progressive international city, regarded for the richness of its diverse population
and its natural setting.” Couldn’t agree more. But instead of taking concrete action to address real issues directly affecting Tacoma citizens, the council engages in goofy machinations that waste time, money and resources.

I’d invite the council to stick to potholes for now. They seem pretty straightforward.

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