Letters to the Editor

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Archives: Sep. 2010

Sep.
29th

EDUCATION: Discipline lacking in public schools

When I started teaching in Tacoma in 1961, there were dress codes for teachers as well as students. I don’t remember what the guidelines were for women teachers, but for men it was “shirts and ties, and either suits or sports coats.” Now many staff members dress like the “Dress Casual Day” we used to have once a year, and many of the kids I see after school look like they are either going to or coming from a Halloween party.

Because of the lack of discipline in many schools, it is getting harder and harder to find reliable substitute

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Sep.
29th

IRAN: Ahmadinejad is not an evil dictator

In America, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is considered to be an evil dictator. But there is a big problem with that. He is not a dictator. His power is limited in Iran. The person who is really in control of Iran is the supreme leader, Ali Khamenei.

Khamenei controls everything in the government of Iran. He controls who is a appointed to the chief prosecutor (who is responsible for holding the Americans captive), the chief judge, the head of television and the head of the armed forces.

But we like to think that Ahmadinejad is in power. Well,

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Sep.
29th

FAIR: Lame excuses for burgers

It’s a statewide shame. Burgers at the Puyallup Fair don’t deserve to be named in the same species with even the cheapest 99-cent fast food burger.

For $11 you’d think they could put 10 cents worth of lettuce, tomato and pickle on that bare-bones, lame excuse for a burger. If they were anywhere but in the fair, with that captive audience, they’d be out of business within a week.

Sep.
29th

ELECTION: Rational don’t expect overnight change

I’m tired of hearing about the “enthusiasm gap” between liberal and conservative voters. I don’t need to be emotionally disturbed to vote. I don’t need rage to feel like a patriot. I don’t need the paranoid fear that our president is an alien Marxist Muslim to inspire me. I vote because I am rational.

Rational folks don’t expect overnight change. The ship of state doesn’t turn on a dime. It took 30 years of Reaganomics to ruin this economy, not two years of Barack Obama. Unfortunately, Obama has become a scapegoat for the simple-minded: those who believe that manna will

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Sep.
29th

WITT CASE: What about adultery angle?

I usually ignore the issues raised by these “gay”/lesbian stories and the elated after-effects. However, there is one item that has only been touched on indirectly.

The News Tribune has reported that Margaret Witt “had been ‘outed’ by the husband of a woman she had been romantically involved with.” The homosexual community claims they want equality. Well, if they had it, what would you call Witt’s conduct?

The military code answers: “That, the accused wrongfully had sexual intercourse with a certain person at the time, the other person was married to someone else,” it would be called adultery.

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Sep.
29th

PIERCE COUNTY: Don’t kowtow to builders

Pierce County is considering delaying two fees for builders in order to promote growth and industry. These impact fees could be delayed until 2013 if passed, leaving the costs and services to be covered by the residents of Pierce County until that time.

Economic stimulus is important, but our budget, roads and sewer systems already are overwhelmed due to previous fee deals and poor planning/permitting. We also have seen many builders default on their developments; defaults under these proposals would again leave county residents holding the bag.

In profitable times we’ve seen the county’s kowtowing to developers devastate many local

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Sep.
29th

ELECTION: Insurers benefit from I-1082

Initiative 1082 is not only a bad idea, it is also just another way for the insurance companies to line their pockets at taxpayers’ expense.

First of all, it ensures an injured worker will never get the proper treatment he or she needs. It removes all protections that currently exist for a truly injured employee. Our current system works well for those who are truly injured and weeds out those who attempt to use the system for a free ride.

We all think “I will never need it,” and most do not ever get injured at work. Yet when the

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Sep.
28th

ELDERLY: Sad to see the way man was treated

Today I had a heart-wrenching experience. While waiting in a medical office for a relative, an elderly man was wheeled in by a shuttle bus driver. He was transported from a local nursing home.

The elderly man’s appointment required someone be there with him but the daughter-in-law did not show up. Realizing he was waiting alone, and an Alzheimer’s patient also, I moved over and struck up a conversation. What a joy that was! He was confused, yes, but so talkative and happy.

It took staff a long time to contact a relative, and then another 45 minutes

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