Letters to the Editor

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Archives: Nov. 2010

Nov.
29th

EDUCATION: Students worried, too

Education: Is it really just about the money?

During the past few years, we have been reading about the alleged, and proven, failure in our public schools. We have been concerned and worried about the reasons for these failures, Christopher Robert Lee, the author of the letter partly entitled ” Bar is too low…” obviously is concerned and worried as well.

To read an articulate, to-the-point letter from an involved public high school student packed a punch of unfortunate reality. And if Christopher has thought about this reality and now has written about it, it is likely that many

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Nov.
29th

KILLINGS: Let the blue lights shine on

Recently those terrible days a year ago have been in the news. It helps in the healing process, and I for one cannot even begin to imagine what the families have been through and still deal with on a day-to-day basis.

As a community we all need to show that those fine young officers are forever in our thoughts and leave a blue light burning on our front porch or in our front window at night. Remember that their fellow officers are still out there protecting us all ever yday and every night and they need to see those

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Nov.
29th

TACOMA: Take pride in city ownership of basic services

Re: “Tacoma’s ‘public-ization’” (TNT, 11-28).

Ken Miller’s column questioning the value of maintaining basic services in municipal hands is just another example of the private sector’s desire to piggyback its way to profits by taking over public services.

Tacomans – and surrounding residents who benefit from the great service and lower rates offered by our Tacoma Public Utilities – should be happy that those who share his views have not yet seized control of our most basic city services, electricity and water.

Our founding citizens knew the value of public ownership of certain services and enlisted community members in its

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Nov.
29th

MILITARY: Marines need to man up

Re: “‘Don’t ask’ repeal hard sell in Marines” (TNT, 11-27).

I am appalled that the supposedly most professional branch of our armed services is unable to turn its collective mind to accepting the reality of life in the 21st century and the will of the American people it serves.

Are the Marines – so proud of their ability to head into danger – such wimps that they are unable to handle being around openly gay men and women? The truth is they are already serving with gay service personnel.

Years ago I attended the Marine Ball with a dear friend

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Nov.
29th

AIR SECURITY: Screening doesn’t address the real problem

The Transportation Security Administration, numerous pundits and journalists seem to have a selective memory loss. The oft-repeated mantra for the need to have full body scanning and/or invasive pat-downs has been the example of the “shoe bomber” and “underwear bomber.” Lately it has included “package bombs.”

The “shoe bomber” boarded his flight in Paris. The “underwear bomber” boarded his flight in Amsterdam. The “package bombs” originated in Yemen. The new and intensive screening of U.S. passengers would not, could not, will not prevent any of the above examples of airline terrorism.

Subjecting U.S. airline passengers to this intensive screening has

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Nov.
29th

AIR SECURITY: Screeners doing a thankless, important job

Re: “Pat-down felt like a molestation” (letter, 11-27).

The writer says that the airport security screeners “wanted to see me undressed.” Nothing could be further from the truth.

I know some people who work for the Transportation Security Administration. With very few exceptions, they are professionals with a very difficult job with absolutely no room for error.

No matter how good you think your body is, no one in the TSA wants to see it naked and they certainly don’t want to molest you or your children or your grandma. They are there to protect you and your family from

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Nov.
29th

TACOMA: Keep those services in the public sector

Re: “Tacoma’s public-ization” (TNT, 11-28).

Ken Miller’s idea – to sell off publicly owned assets – does not pass the smell test. He forgot to ask, “Cui bono?”

Should products and services enjoyed by everyone be owned by the public and managed by civil servants for our benefit, or should we pay substantial sums to line the pockets of wealthy investors and overpaid corporate managers?

I am delighted to know that Tacoma is one of the most progressive cities around. I would like to see it stay that way forever.

Nov.
29th

ISLAMISM: Amish are not like Muslims

Re: “The ‘Islamish” invasion has already started” (TNT, 11-26).

There are few similarities between the Amish and Muslims. The Amish do not kill those who convert from being Amish. They do not disfigure their women or keep their women from getting an education. They do not blow up innocent people. The Amish are not trying to kill us!.

The most dedicated Amish make good neighbors. The most dedicated Muslims are to be feared.