Letters to the Editor

Your views in 250 words or less

Archives: May 2010

May
31st

TRAFFIC: School zone needs flashing lights

When the new Mount Tahoma High School opened on 74th Street, three new signs were posted: “School Crossing,” “Speed Limit 20 mph 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.” and “Speed Strictly
Enforced.”

Over the course of the last month, I’ve had to drive through the zone two to four times a day. With any attempt to slow below 30 mph, I have cars parked on my rear bumper and others whizzing by
in the left lane at 35 to 40 mph or faster. I’ve yet to see any sign of “enforcement.”

If compliance with a 20 mph speed limit

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May
31st

OBAMA: Scary, one-world advocate

I am a child of the Depression and have lived through World War 11, the Cold War, the Korean War and the conflicts that followed and always had faith that country would survive until now.

When Barack Obama was elected, I felt both proud and sad. Proud that a black person was able to be elected as president of this great country. I never thought it would happen in my lifetime. The sad thing is he is the wrong person for the job.

At first, I thought he would be open to working with conservatives to ensure the values that

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May
31st

PUYALLUP: Breaks in service needed, not lifetime limits

Re: “Puyallup City Council doesn’t need term limits” (editorial, 5-27).

Your statement, “Only two of the city’s seven council members have been in office longer than three years,” is currently true, however Mike Deal quit last year after 20 years and Ken Martin quit before him after 24 years.

The proposal of a 10-year lifetime limit for council members doesn’t appear to be intended to make government better for citizens, but rather to take as many members as possible down with the ship.

Term limits are enforced by describing qualifications that must be possessed by a candidate to run for

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May
28th

MEMORIAL DAY: Honor our nation’s warriors

Re: “Honor military, don’t glorify” (letter, 5-27).

This letter to the editor struck a tattered nerve deep in my soul. My service to our country began in 1967 as a pilot of an unarmed medical evacuation helicopter in Vietnam. I and those within my unit did our duty, and proudly so, not because we were inculcated or enslaved to our government, but because we believed it to be in the best interest of our nation.

I was delusional in my beliefs that upon returning home our service would be positively acknowledged. The writer appears to be of the faction that

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May
28th

ARIZONA: City Council action disappointing

I am very disappointed in the Tacoma City Council vote to condemn the Arizona immigration law (TNT, 5-26).

What business is it of Tacoma what Arizona is trying to do to control the illegal immigrants in that state? Mayor Marilyn Strickland was the lead in calling Arizona’s law ‘ un-American.” I will say that I will never vote for her again.

Take a look at the number of illegal immigrants who are here in the Tacoma area, taking jobs away from our tax-paying citizens, and then you can understand what Arizona is facing.

Rather than trying to be politically correct,

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May
28th

SENATE: Didier wrong to attack fellow Republican

U.S. Senate candidate Clint Didier is showing his true colors, and I hope the Tea Party followers – and Republicans – are watching.

When Dino Rossi announced his candidacy to run against Patty Murray, Didier’s response was that Rossi is “a part of the Republican establishment.” I don’t understand this statement; Didier has been using the Republican brand for nearly a year to launch his campaign.

As a precinct committee officer for the Republican Party, I refuse to endorse any GOP candidate who resorts to personal attacks on a fellow Republican to gain votes. That scuzzy tactic belongs to the

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May
28th

MILITARY: Close quarters a problem with gays

A recent opinion poll finds that more than 70 percent of civilians want homosexuals to serve openly in the U.S. military. Congress just approved an initial bill to end the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

Civilians and Congress don’t have a clue what it’s like to serve in the military. Having served in the military for more than 21 years, I have firsthand experience with gays in the military. Living conditions are the primary reason why morale will and has been degraded due to gays.

Case in point: Stationed in tents for two months, we had open-tent showers. About 15

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May
28th

GAMBLING: Funding needed for prevention, treatment

Re: “Boy, 3, left in car eight hours while woman gambled in La Center” (TNT, 5-27).

There is a lucky 3-year-old in Washington state today because an alert casino employee heard his cries. Will luck save the next child left in a car while a parent gambles for hours?

Most people can enjoy gambling for entertainment but, for some, gambling becomes a problem – even an addiction – as destructive as alcoholism or drug abuse. In Washington, help is available and it can begin with a toll-free call (1-800-547-6133).

Gambling is a $100 billion industry in the America. Washington state

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