Letters to the Editor

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Archives: April 2011

April
29th

ROYAL WEDDING: Wasn’t anything else more front-page worthy?

It must be a slow news day to put a wedding on the front page above the fold (TNT, 4-29).

I understand that in Britain the royal family, although purely symbolic, is still big news. But here in the colonies, I’m thinking that we have real heroes that could have been honored with a front-page spread.

Fairy tale? This might be interesting to some, but on the front page?

April
28th

FORESTS: Mankind must be good stewards

Re: “Public’s input on wildlife needed” (Viewpoint, 4-28).

I was pleased to read the excellent opinion piece by Mark Quinn highlighting the need for stronger protections for our national forests. I agree that the proposed U.S. Forest Service rules need to be strengthened in the areas of wildlife and watershed protection, public participation and the use of sound science.

As a resident and pastor for 40 years here in Tacoma, I am well aware that our national forests in Washington state are essential to the quality of life for every person whether they hike, ski, hunt, fish, camp, kayak or

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April
28th

MILITARY: Panetta needs to stick up for soldiers

Re: “Obama to shake up security positions” (TNT, 4-28).

Military families will be watching closely to see if soon-to-be Defense Secretary Leon Panetta can defend critical troop equipment from growing congressional demands for deep Pentagon budget cuts. Everyone supports cutting waste, but the wrong cuts could endanger our troops deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Yet the House Armed Services Committee last year voted to cut funding for the Army’s Brigade Combat Team Modernization (BCTM) program, which would provide soldiers with the mobile, secure wireless network and portable ground reconnaissance robot capable of delivering and distributing the

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April
28th

PRISONS: Fund DOC waste but not clinics for children?

Re: “Bill to release prisoners, cut funding under fire” (TNT, 4-3).

The Associated Press reported that our state Legislature is considering a slight reduction of nonviolent prisoners’ sentences. The prison guard union – as expected – opposes this action. Additionally, the city of Walla Walla formed a “task force” to combat it.

Why such a desperate response? Because if our prison population is diminished, the Department of Corrections is at risk of losing the quarter billion dollars it has been quietly allotted to construct new units and a new prison, despite the fact that a receiving center already exists at

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April
28th

TACOMA: Public pays the consequences

Re: “Lies hurt, says city” (TNT, 4-27).

Our young mayor, fresh from ethics orientation, has now weighed in on the deeper subject of police conduct. It’s a pity the holder of what is essentially a ceremonial position has to be trotted out to run interference for the serial incompetence of such career bureaucrats.

The slight comfort I get from having learned that little Zina Linnik’s life ended relatively quickly and the ill-launched Amber Alert might not have availed in no way relieves our marginally competent police management from responsibility.

It galls us taxpayers that we will now be presented a

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April
28th

OBAMA: Thanks for outing the crazies

Re: Release of President Obama’s birth certificate.

In the news tonight was a consensus that it was beneath the president to acknowledge the rants of the few and questionably sane. As well, there was the opinion that he should have done it much sooner.

I say that he did all people who are capable of rational thought a favor. He left it until all the loonies had outed themselves so that now we know whom to watch out for.

April
28th

OBAMA: Enough already, birthers

Re: “Will skeptics accept birth certificate?” (TNT, 3-28).

Millions of Americans are out of work. We have an educational crisis. We need to determine how to lower our debt while we are fighting two, maybe three wars – not to mention the potholes on my street.

Enough already. The guy was born in Hawaii. Can the birthers let it rest? The rest of the country has work to do.

April
28th

OBAMA: Donald Trump should apologize

If Donald Trump were an honorable person, he would apologize to President Obama. Trump should say he was wrong in assuming Obama was not born in the United States and, therefore, not eligible to be president.

Obama released his birth certificate during his presidential campaign in 2008. The state of Hawaii has issued copies many times and has once again issued the “certificate of live birth.”
Be an honorable man, Mr. Trump, and apologize.