Letters to the Editor

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Archives: Jan. 2011

Jan.
31st

MARIJUANA: Drugs sold next to kids’ play area

As a shop owner in the Freighthouse Square, and also as a registered nurse, I am totally embarrassed by our community leaders for allowing a marijuana distributor to open shop in the Freighthouse Square.

You know the Freighthouse Square. It is the three-block-long “family shopping center” with the circus clowns painted on the end of it, inviting all families with young children to come and play.

And play they do. Because right next to the marijuana store is the Lego play area for young children. And further down the hall is the dance studio for – yes – more children.

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Jan.
31st

BUSES: Pierce Transit saves families money

I live in Spanaway, a mile and a half from the closest bus stop. However I do have a daughter who often rides the bus with lifts from me to and from that stop.

Surely I’m not the only parent grateful that Pierce Transit service is available. I must save hundreds of dollars per year on gas that I would be using for the sole purpose of shuffling daughter to and from malls, movies, friends’ houses, etc.

Multiply this situation by many other families and the number of cars kept off the road and gallons of gas saved must be

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Jan.
31st

TACOMA: Don’t take Foss away from students

Hopefully somebody will understand the value of Foss and the students.

We send people to educate in other countries and we take away school from here?

Foss has been a good school. Kids are to be valued the same as their school. Taking away Foss will be robbing the kids of their home. Schools are the place of stability for children, with so many other difficulties they have.

Consider anything else, but not the youth and our future.

Jan.
31st

BUSES: Nonriders benefit from Pierce Transit, too

I don’t ride the Pierce County buses, but I benefit from those who do. The riders decrease congestion on the roads and contribute to society by being able to hold jobs since they have a way to get to work. Seniors who can no longer drive can maintain their independence by getting to their appointments and errands.

The tax increase is a pittance. At 3 cents for every $10 of taxable purchases, I estimate this will cost me about $3 per month.

Each ride costs $2. Why should I increase the burden on the most vulnerable, especially when they are

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Jan.
31st

SHOOTING: TNT disrespectful to crime-scene neighbors

The officer-involved shooting on Puyallup Avenue was a tragic occurrence. However, for the TNT to bring up “by-the-hour motels and hole-in-the-wall bars” (1-29) was disrespectful to the customers, owners and employees of those businesses.

First of all, it had no relevance to the story. And second, the owners have worked very hard to improve the area. It has come such a long way, and for this newspaper to comment on its criminal activity is just plain wrong. I don’t recall hearing negative things about the area in the Walmart shootings.

Unfortunately, these shootings are becoming way too common

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Jan.
31st

CLIMATE: Global warming and the radical left

I was surprised to see an article about winter storms and global warming (TNT, 1-30) which made reference to Jeff Masters from the Weather Underground.

Is the author not aware that the Weather Underground, with roots at the University of Michigan, is named after the radical left-wing terrorist group from the 1960s and ’70s? This is the group which actually bombed the Pentagon in the early ’70s. It’s also the same group whose co-founder, William Ayers, helped kick-start President Obama’s political career.

It’s one thing to argue about whether or not manmade global warming is actually occurring. It’s quite

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Jan.
31st

BUSES: Reluctant yes vote for tax increase

I plan to reluctantly vote for Proposition 1, the .3 percent sales tax increase for Pierce Transit. It is a 50 percent increase from the present .6 percent sales tax.

I completely agree with The News Tribune editorial (1-20) that government compensation needs to be reformed, sooner than later. I also agree that the shuttle service needs serious reform.

Pierce Transit’s compensation plan simply mimics compensation plans for the City of Tacoma and Pierce County. All three plans need to be revised to come closer to the real market compensation in Tacoma.

The shuttle system is broken and needs fixing.

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Jan.
31st

SCHOOLS: Students need more, not fewer, days in school

Re: “Districts, lawmakers float idea of fewer school days” (TNT, 1-30).

I am a parent of a child in one of our local school districts, and I am more than heartsick at the thought of fewer school days.

They are already only going the minimum days and hours as it is. Children in many other countries are going longer days and hours than we are, and their test scores show the benefit. For a state that has poor test scores, we would be foolish to shorten the school year.

Why don’t we take fewer half-days off of school, and why

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