Letters to the Editor

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Archives: Dec. 2010

Dec.
29th

PUYALLUP: Writer has a too-vivid imagination

Re: “Deceptive ethics exposed” (online letter, 12-27).

This letter is at best uninformed and reckless; at worst it is slanderous and libelous. Concealment of information and the deception of the Puyallup City Council and the public exist only in the writer’s imagination. The council and citizens, including the letter writer, can come to my office any time for more information or better understanding.

Utility fund balances for 2010 or 2011 have been presented to the council and the public on May 18, Aug. 31, Oct. 5 and 19, and Nov. 9 and 16 in meetings still available on the

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Dec.
29th

CHRISTMAS: Season began Dec. 25, lasts until Jan. 6

It is interesting to observe that most people (and merchants, radio stations, etc.) seem to think that Christmas (a Christian observance) starts on or before Thanksgiving, while in reality it starts on Dec. 25 and runs until Jan. 6. Yet Christmas music seems to stop on Dec 26.

The time to wish a Merry Christmas should be Dec 25 through Jan. 6, but you sure get funny looks when you do so. A Merry Christmas to all who celebrate the real Christmas.

Oh, while I am at it, a Christmas tree is still a Christmas tree and not a

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Dec.
28th

PAID LEAVE: Time for change

In addition to eliminating the double dipping loophole which is costing taxpayers millions, when the Legislature convenes next month another action that could help reduce spending in these difficult times would be a reform of the paid administrative leave policy.

When law enforcement officers are involved in a situations in which they have to use their weapons, they are usually always placed on paid administrative leave until the details of the situation have been sorted out, and that is completely understandable. However, when public employees are removed from their jobs because they fail to do their work, pose a danger

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Dec.
28th

EDUCATION: Parents play key role in success

Re: “School resegregation: We’re going back to the future” (TNT, 12-28).

Parents have always been moving their children to what they think are better schools. Parents most likely to be able to afford the “best” schools move their children. Even the Obamas enrolled their children in the “best” school in D.C. that educates children of all races.

The real reason for high achievement is parents who value learning and have books and educational materials in the home. The best example I saw while teaching were the post-Vietnam War refugee children. I had to force them to leave the classroom to

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Dec.
28th

SCHOOLS: Problem is economic, not racial

Fred McKissack didn’t even come close to the real problem in his article on school “resegregation,” as he calls it (TNT, 12-28).

He admits the African-American middle class has left the urban school system. He seems to fail to understand the reason why: They have money.

As long as minority populations in this country continue to make up a disproportionate number of the economic underclass, they are going to live in poor urban neighborhoods and send their kids to underfunded schools. Their communities generally lack the tax base to generate money for the kinds of schools the middle class pay

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Dec.
28th

GAMBLING: Is Gregoire’s bet on UW game illegal?

Re: “Gregoire and Neb. governor wager on Holiday Bowl” (newstribune.com, 12-28).

I think our state’s gambling laws are too restrictive and are hypocritical. They allow many forms of gaming but exclude sports betting. Regardless of my opinion, our state made headlines by prosecuting people who gamble online.

Recently, though, Gov. Chris Gregoire bet Gov. Dave Heineman of Nebraska Pacific Northwest salmon vs. Omaha steaks on the Holiday Bowl. I looked up our state’s gambling laws and believe the governor is breaking these laws.

RCW 9.46.010 makes several provisions for games of chance and raffles that are allowed but makes no

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Dec.
27th

EDUCATION: Sports can be educational, too

Re: “We should cut football, not education” (letter, 12-27).

I’m a football coach and English teacher, and I challenge the writer to actually attend a football function before making her observations.

To say that football provides young men little value because they won’t make a career out of it is ridiculous. What about the discipline learned? Or the ability to work with others? These characteristics stay with them the rest of their lives. We don’t just teach football, we try to teach them to become better people.

During my time in football, I have seen the game save a person

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Dec.
27th

PUYALLUP: Deceptive ethics exposed

Just when you think the level of ethics at Puyallup city hall have reached a new low, they continue to set new standards of incompetence and deception.

After a recent legal settlement over a landfill resulted in damages awarded to the plaintiffs, city hall and its council decided to quadruple the landfill fees it charges its utility customers. This was to pay off $2.5 million of new bonds over the next 20 years to cover the damages and legal fees.

When questioned as to the need for this, the finance director told the council that the city would

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