Re: “Managing Army’s growing pains” (TNT, 12-24).
I was pretty dismayed by the front-page story. Although an otherwise pertinent and informative article, was it necessary to make an editorial decision to include two photos relating to Army-connected people at a local food bank?
First, military families have access to two commissaries on Joint Base Lewis-McChord where prices are up to 30 percent less than supermarkets outside the gate. Civilians would covet such a benefit.
Second, military personnel make a very livable wage, including annual cost-of-living adjustments. I would suggest that after regular salary, non-taxable allowances, (including one specifically for housing), hazardous duty pay, re-enlistment bonuses, etc., there must be other, exceptional reasons why a military family needs to frequent a food bank.
Why perpetuate a false picture and stereotype? Further, what does a retired military person, who has accepted 23 years of COLAs in his retired pay since 1987, have to do with anything relating to future growth of the military installation in our area?
I am not a disgruntled civilian, but a retired military person. I believe The News Tribune could have found a better way to illustrate this particular story.