Letters to the Editor

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Archives: June 2010

June
29th

SPRINKER: Loss would be a terrible setback for recreation

I became a friend of Sprinker about 6 years ago when my then 3-year-old granddaughter introduced me to the world of ice skating. Since that time I’ve attended, along with other family members and friends, many ice shows and competitions.

On each occasion we’ve been amazed at the number of participants and the genuine support the competitors share for one another. It’s obvious that these disciplined athletes are learning more than a “sport”. It means being successful in life is more than winning a first place ribbon.

The loss of Sprinker’s facilities will be terrible setback for recreation

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June
29th

OIL SPILL: Are we the Earth’s caretakers?

They say a picture is sometimes worth a thousand words so maybe the A.P. photo Friday qualifies (TNT, 6-25). The sign on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast read: “Support Deep Water Drilling.” I’m not kidding.

Some say that drilling offshore will ultimately ruin the economy in the gulf while others contend that NOT drilling will do the same. Apparently we’re on the horns of a dilemma (or gusher).

Since the South is by far the most religious part of the country, I wonder how Southerners view the biblical command that we’re all to be stewards or caretakers of the Earth, including its

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June
29th

OFFRAMP: Why so long to admit problem?

Question 1: If the problem was discovered in October, why wait until June 27 to mention it?

Question 2: Why is there an eastbound and a westbound design team? Still scratching my head.

Question 3: Who is going to pay for this “blunder”? Ahhhh…. guess. The buck doesn’t stop with Kevin Dayton; 890,000 bucks stop with Mr. Dayton. I’d like to see a final tabulation of the cost of reconstruction as being in the construction industry this just screams, CHANGE ORDER!

Question 4: Why is this reporter taking with an administrator? Crews have been busting the concrete

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June
29th

SUMNER: Keep tank farm on the Tideflats

I was utterly appalled by both the idea of and location of the proposed tank farm in Sumner. I find the chemical company’s plan for leaks and problems less than satisfactory. Are we learning nothing from the ghastly Gulf oil spill and false and/or impossible problems and improbable solutions?

I shop in Sumner and use the Sumner Library – a lot. But I don’t have to do so. And if I have to worry about a toxic chemical emission I won’t. Is this an economically helpful move? I would assume there are others like me.

Reading the article about moving

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June
29th

SPRINKER: More than just an ice rink would be lost

Sprinker Recreation Center revenues account for more than 50 percent of Pierce County Parks and Recreation’s total revenue countywide. Sprinker is the only facility of its kind in the state and perhaps the entire country that offers such a wide array of recreational activities in one location.

What Washington residents will lose if Sprinker closes:
indoor and outdoor facilities for all ages; top-quality coaches; national teams; and events for baseball, tennis, soccer, aerobics, yoga, gymnastics, karate, toe, Tap Tumble for tots, tae kwon do, judo, racketball, rock-climbing, basketball, volleyball, chidren’s theater, wellness and fitness classes, T-ball, SKid Mobile,

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June
29th

SPRINKER: County shouldn’t wait to renovate center

Pierce County says it is going to try to find the the funds to renovate Sprinker Recreation Center. If it does, it would take a year to find funding and another year to renovate. That’s two years that the building will be closed and without revenue.

Sprinker makes money, unlike the Chambers Bay Golf Club that the county keep sticking money into in hopes that the U.S. Open tournament will come in 2015. Is that a for-sure thing? Until then it will most likely lose more money.

Pierce County shouldn’t put more money into a sinking hole. Find the

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June
29th

WORLD CUP: U.S. needs soccer to relieve mental arthritis

Re: “World Cup fever cools down quickly” (letter, 6-25).

The U.S. needs soccer. I am appalled by provincial letter writers who unfavorably compare soccer with baseball.

Psychologists at partially accredited universities in California have proven that soccer, not sex, is the key to human development. They estimate that the average Brazilian will have soccer 1 million times, whether married or unmarried. This is why Brazilians usually choose to dance rather than walk.

Conversely, early childhood soccer deprivation accounts for the high levels of anxiety and arthritis in the United States. What else explains why, on a clear summer

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June
29th

KAGAN: Nominee vows the impossible

Re: “Kagan vows to be unbiased, deferential to Congress” (thenewstribune.com 6-28).

I was pop-eyed and slack-jawed reading this headline.

Am I the only one to realize that her “vow” is impossible to uphold?

Deference to Congress, indeed. The promise to be unbiased and defer to Congress is all but a solid reason to reject her. This is the sort of judicial activism that has nearly wrecked what little is left of the intentions of the framers of the Constitution.

Our entire system of government is based on a check and balance system consisting of the judicial, legislative and executive branches.

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