Letters to the Editor

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Archives: March 2011

March
30th

INDIANS: Be wary of tribes buying property and putting it in trust

I found interesting the article about the local Indian tribes’ casino bonanza (TNT, 3-27). I applaud the tribes’ initiative and business acumen towards improving their economies and the well-being of their members.

But what the article failed to cover is the questionable uses of some of the tribes’ tax-free casino riches while they continue to seek federal and state grants to fund many of their tribal programs.

The Squaxin Island Tribe is now acquiring million-dollar off-reservation properties for cash located in single-family residential neighborhoods and converting them into USA Trust Land. I understand the tribes can purchase real property wherever

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March
30th

TACOMA: The future looks green for children

Re: “What children need is a good dose of fresh air” (Your Voice, 3-29).

Eighth-grader Cassie Lindgren voiced a concern that over the next 100 years, open spaces will become strip malls and there will be no places for children to play. I would like to give this young person a glimmer of hope.

Her city, Tacoma, has taken a leap and has pledged to restore and maintain urban green spaces for its citizens. Throughout the city, the Green Tacoma Partnership is engaging volunteers, stewardship groups, environmental groups, the port and Metro Parks to work together to ensure that children

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March
30th

LIBYA: Obama’s outrage political in nature

I listened to the President’s speech about Libya, and concur with his actions. What was detestable was trying to assume a moral high ground over Bush vis-a-vis Iraq.

Saddam Hussein’s removal was a national policy signed by Bill Clinton – the Iraq Liberation Act. Hussein was killing, maiming, terrorizing and using poison gas on his countrymen and was worse than Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi.

It’s time for the Democrats to admit that taking out evil where ever you find it is good policy. If we don’t overcome our enemies, we will wake someday to find one or more smoking holes in

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March
30th

TACOMA: Same old ideas, same old failures

Why did Tacoma School Superintendent Art Jarvis (Viewpoint, 3-29) decide to attack teacher Mike Jankanish’s ideas (Viewpoint, 3-23) of finding ways to close the achievement gap through better early education and a “greater emphasis on creating a unified, rigorous curriculum?” I find these ideas commendable.

I believe all children can meet the standards we ask of them but we need to set these standards. It would be nice if the educational establishment believed this also.

My children have attended Tacoma public schools since 1991. The greatest improvement I observed was the results of the WASL. The whole community

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March
30th

TACOMA: Unseemly public flogging of teacher

Re: “Schools can’t return to some mythical time in education” (Viewpoint, 3-29).

I have occasionally communicated with Tacoma School Superintendent Jarvis as a concerned parent and have always found him to be open-minded and respectful. It troubled me to read his Viewpoint in which he publicly flogged and misinterpreted a senior, highly credentialed teacher at Wilson High School.

One wonders what goes on in private at Tacoma Public Schools; dare one disagree with the popular wisdom du jour?

I recently withdrew my son from a TPS program for Gifted students to place him in WAVA, a public virtual school of

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March
30th

EDUCATION: Jarvis misses teacher’s point

Re: Tacoma School Superintendent Art Jarvis’ Viewpoint (TNT, 3-29).

Jarvis criticized a March 23 Viewpoint by teacher Mike Jankanish regarding the achievement gap between certain student groups in Tacoma schools. I taught for 33 years and totally agree with Jankanish regarding why some students do well and others do not.

Jankanish’s contention is that students need a core base to proceed and succeed in their educational endeavors. Jarvis parrots what so many “progressive” eduscholars” maintain: Students don’t need facts; those can be found on Google. What’s important is “process,” not basic information, and a teacher has to ascertain students’ needs

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March
29th

STATE BUDGET: Free us from special interests

Our state Legislature is considering taking the dedicated gas tax revenue and spending it. The taxpayers demonstrated by their voting in the last election that additional taxes and fees will not be tolerated and that moving funds from dedicated projects is not acceptable.

The Legislature has been pressured by the special interest groups to continue the past unsustainable spending, contending anything less would be a hardship on the poor, seniors, disadvantaged, etc.

This special interest group is biased because they benefit directly from state spending programs. In turn, the Democrats in the Legislature depend upon this special interest group to

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March
29th

LIBYA: Hypocrisy in the White House

In President Obama’s book, “The Audacity of Hope,” he states, “The U.S. will lack international legitimacy if it intervenes militarily without a well-articulated strategy that the public supports and the world will understand.”

He also raised the question, “Why invade Iraq and not North Korea or Burma? Why intervene in Bosnia and not Darfur?”

This is a great question. Why intervene in Libya and not the Ivory Coast, Syria, Somalia or Yemen, just to name a few. He also ordered our military to attack without a strategy and did not get approval from our legislative branch. Where is our

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