Letters to the Editor

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Archives: March 2011

March
31st

VIADUCT: Tunnel’s the wrong idea in the wrong place

Re: “Don’t let tunnel critics drive up costs with delays” (editorial, 3-31).

Why shouldn’t the people of Seattle vote on the state Route 99 tunnel? In opinion polls, only 35 percent of the people approved of the tunnel option. That means 65 percent of the people didn’t. I can understand why.

Look at where they are building it. That whole waterfront area is nothing but landfill. There is a sign across Alaskan Way from the viaduct commemorating an island that became part of the city’s waterfront after enough garbage was dumped into the area to fill the span between the

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March
31st

STATE BUDGET: Fund help for most fragile

I hope the state Legislature does not cut life support for our most vulnerable people.

My developmentally disabled daughter is 42 years old and lives at home with her dad and me. She has 18 medical conditions as listed on her DSHS individual support plan, including mental illness and diabetes. She has 18 prescription medicines and takes almost all of them daily to keep her alive and as healthy as possible.

My husband and I have dedicated our lives to her care, and it takes both of us each day and all day for this care. We advocate for her

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March
31st

ECONOMY: We’re in a depression, not a recession

Last week I came out of a store, and a man about 50 years old came up to me. He said that he didn’t want money, but he was in pain from the lack of food. There was a fast food place nearby, so we went there and I bought him some food.

This is what is going on in our nation and world.

My wife and I lived through the depression and know firsthand what pain from hunger is. We put cardboard in our shoes to keep the rocks out and our feet dry. When it rained you sat

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March
31st

EDUCATION: Students learn in different ways

In in his Viewpoint (TNT, 3-29), Tacoma School Superintendent Art Jarvis assumes basic knowledge is best learned through critical thinking. He criticizes teacher Mike Jankanish’s viewpoint (TNT, 3-23) that claims learning core subjects is best through rote memorization and like methods.

Both men are incorrect in some areas. Jankanish assumes that core knowledge is best learned in one or two ways, and memorization is core to this. Jarvis assumes core knowledge is best learned through open-ended critical-thinking process.

Not all students learn through rote or critical thinking. Each has to be used together to build that sound foundation of knowledge.

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March
31st

FOOD: Dyes should be a concern for all

Re: “Food dyes’ safety back under the microscope” (TNT, 3-28).

As a registered dietitian who specializes in adverse food reactions to food chemicals, I was pleased to see this article. However, I would like to stress this is not a problem unique to children. Many adults also suffer from adverse reactions to food chemicals that contribute to migraine, irritable bowel syndrome and many other medical conditions.

Once sensitivity to these chemicals are identified and eliminated from their diets, their symptoms and the medications previously used to control them are eliminated or drastically reduced.

We are one of the few countries

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March
31st

EDGEWOOD: Be wary of high density

Is Edgewood ready for five-story buildings and 48-units-an-acre or more?

Mixed uses in areas zoned for commercial and mixed-use residential will allow as many as 48 units an acre. Mixed uses in the town center zone will have no limit on the number of units per acre. Some higher-density parcels along Meridian will be extended into the neighboring residential areas.

Main Street affects the value of my home, because it signals the values of the city. I moved to Edgewood because it did not have the look and density of neighboring cities. We have to be careful who

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March
31st

GOP: Trump just confirms his buffoon status

Having recently jumped in the honey bucket with the birther crazies, Donald Trump only confirmed what many have known for years – that he’s a bona fide buffoon.

The time is long overdue to remind ourselves of Republicans’ attempts to change the Constitution so as to have allowed Arnold Schwarzenegger to run for president.

Most stunning is that the Republicans are not even remotely embarrassed by such blatant hypocrisy.

March
30th

JBLM: Just what we need – more traffic and noise

The laudatory remarks made by congressional representatives about the new aviation brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (TNT, 3-30) lead me to one of two conclusions: Their individual tenures in D.C. have been such that they have totally lost touch with (or never really had any idea of) what life is like in South Pierce County or they have lost their minds.

From state Route 512 to the first Lacey exit is 19 miles. On Friday afternoon, it can take twohours to make this trip. The backup starts about 1 p.m. and lasts until about 7. From about 3 to 6:30

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