Letters to the Editor

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Archives: Oct. 2010

Oct.
29th

ELECTION: Vote Doug Cloud for Congress

After research, I found Congressman Dicks requested $64 million in earmarks to campaign contributors in the past two years.

Stimulus funds were supposed to help us turn this job market around but went to employ friends, family and contributors at places like the Puget Sound Partnership and Maritime Events Center.

Norm Dick’s voting record is as dismal as his practice of nepotism. He has voted with Nancy Pelosi 99 percent of the time. The health care bill, bailouts and stimulus bill. All of which have failed and to the point of putting this country in debt which will put a

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Oct.
29th

ELECTION: Sussman clear choice for District Court

In the race for Pierce County District Court position 2, voters have the opportunity to elect an outstanding candidate, Claire Sussman. Ms. Sussman is the only candidate to receive the rating of exceptionally well qualified by the Tacoma/Pierce County Bar Association as well as the News Tribune endorsement.

I have worked with Ms. Sussman as a fellow deputy prosecutor and also observed the excellent work she has done as a pro tem Judge in District Court. She is a person of utmost integrity and intelligence. She has earned the respect of prosecutors, judges and defense attorneys alike because of her

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Oct.
29th

COURT: Allegations against Thomas were a big deal

Re: “For Justice Thomas, a second ‘high-tech lynching’” (column, 10/28).

Kathleen Parker yawns that it was no big deal when (or if) Clarence Thomas engaged in sexual harassment of Anita Hill. Admitting that Hill could have been telling the truth, Parker nevertheless says Hill should have simply told Thomas to stop it and then shrugged it off.

But Parker leaves out several very important details. Thomas was then chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which is charged with investigating allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace. Hill stated that she did not press charges at the time because

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Oct.
29th

RECONCILIATION: If only Tacomans had heeded Meeker’s advice

It seems strange to me that with all that has been written in the TNT this week about the pagoda in the park and the upcoming “Walk for Reconciliation” to help the public remember and learn lessons from the infamous “Tacoma Method” of driving the Chinese out of town on Nov. 3, 1885, I’ve read nothing in your paper yet about the two men who factor pretty significantly in this story: Murray Morgan and Ezra Meeker.

Murray Morgan was born and bred in Tacoma. He grew up to become the most respected and beloved writer on the history of the

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Oct.
28th

ELECTION: Fey, a voice for all of Tacoma

In what is shaping up to be a close race for the open legislative seat in the 27th District, I can say with confidence that Jake Fey is my choice. I voted for Jake because I am certain that he will represent all of Tacoma in Olympia. Jake Fey has done an excellent job representing Tacoma on the City Council and has lead and achieved results on the issues that matter most to our city.

Tacoma deserves a delegation with a broad range of expertise and experiences. Jake knows how to navigate the tough road to building transit, he understands

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Oct.
28th

ELECTION: Straight facts on O’Ban

Peter Callagan says campaigns that should help us choose our next representatives are muddier than ever. I agree. With all the increased noise (TV ads, millions spent on mailers, robo calls…) where can we turn for honest information?

As someone who left my classroom in the Clover Park School District to represent everyone in the 28th District, I’ll stake my reputation on this information.

I got to know and trust my neighbor, Steve O’Ban, as he defended the rights of thousands of teachers and other school employees whose salaries were being used to support campaigns and causes they didn’t believe

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Oct.
28th

ELECTION: O’Ban for union accountability

The teachers’ union hacks are spewing their visceral hatred of Steve O’Ban on this page because his expertise in protecting the First Amendment rights of teachers led to the defeat of the WEA before the US Supreme Court, forcing labor unions to get consent before spending non-members’ fees on political activities.

What a crime–forcing a union to get consent to use money that was given to them by non-member teachers who might not agree with the union’s political activities! And this, as one writer whined, is “suing teachers”? What a ridiculous exaggeration against an impeccable husband and father whose own

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Oct.
28th

ELECTION: I have questions about illegal immigrants

When I read the article about illegal immigrants canvassing neighborhoods in Seattle to try to persuade others who/what to vote for (TNT, 10-26) two questions immediately came to mind.

First, if they are here illegally, why are they still here?

Second, why do they have the right to interfere with our voting system by trying to persuade others who and what to vote for?