Letters to the Editor

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Archives: May 2011

May
31st

FREDERICKSON: Rail corridor a boon for industrial growth

Kudos on your business section’s touting the economic vitality of the Frederickson industrial area (TNT, 5-29). Not mentioned, however, was the contribution of having a rail corridor adjacent to and throughout the area to foster such industrial growth.

Tacoma Rail’s success, carrying capacity and ability to service the area was met with skepticism a decade ago, but through its partnership with the Port of Tacoma, this railroad that could, did.

May
31st

MEASLES: Parents wrong to opt children out of vaccination

Re: “Measles outbreak shows threat of vaccine holdouts” (editorial, 5-31).

I contracted measles when I was 7 years old nearly 70 years ago. I was very sick for at least two weeks and in bed most of the time. A photograph was taken of me right after I had recovered somewhat; I looked like a person right out of a concentration camp, it was so bad.

I would not want to visit this disease on any child. So, when I hear about these parents opting out of getting their children vaccinated for various scurrilous reasons, I just shudder at their

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May
31st

OIL: Companies aren’t getting subsidies

Re: “Republicans favor Big Oil over little guy” (letter, 5-29).

The writer claims to be confused by the Republican debt logic. I wonder why the writer and liberals in general persist in claiming that the oil companies are receiving subsidies at all. A subsidy is a grant or a gift of money. Oil companies are certainly not receiving any taxpayer-subsidized payments.

In fact, using the term “tax breaks” when referring to oil company earnings is somewhat misleading. Does the writer believe the oil companies are earning too much? In 2010, the industry earned 5.7 cents per dollar of sales compared

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May
31st

TAM: Video disrespectful of Catholic artifact

Tacoma Art Museum plans to exhibit a controversial show, “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture” (TNT, 5-26). A part of this display includes a video, “Fire in my Belly,” which shows images of ants crawling across a plastic crucifix.

While I have not actually seen the film myself, from the mere description of its content it seems that the work disrespects the crucifix, which is a sacred item to Roman Catholics.

Even though the article mentioned that this was an issue of free speech, it is actually not. Few would argue that the museum does not have the right

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May
31st

UPLACE: Don’t saddle us with grandiose plans

Re: “Years of big travel over for UPlace Town Center” (TNT, 5-29).

As a longtime resident of Tacoma, and now new resident of University Place, I’ve read your series of articles on the UP Town Center with keen interest.

UP chased out existing successful businesses and replaced a relatively new library with a new, expensive library. All of this was in the hopes of attracting upscale businesses, which have shown little interest in locating to an area that has no easy access to freeways.

But it doesn’t end there. Our county government has built a new “destination” golf course in

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May
31st

UPLACE: City shouldn’t sell out now

Re:”Years of big travel over for UPlace Town Center” (TNT, 5-29).

It would be a real shame if readers were to lose sight of the long-term vision of what Town Center and University Place can become. By picking apart the financial decisions our civic leaders made years ago, in a completely different economic climate, The News Tribune risks fueling momentum that could result in a compromised version of our city’s future.

Town Center has not been stalled because a few city officials flew to Las Vegas, but because the country suffered an economic downturn and banks refused to lend. These

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May
31st

APOCALYPSE: Check scripture for the real deal

It is now 10 days since Harold Camping predicted the end of the world would be on May 21, 2011 at 6 p.m. Since this did not happen, he now says it will end in October.

Here’s the truth: When the earth does end, it will not be because of global warming, or as a result of a devastating nuclear war, or because of a giant earthquake, or because of rising seas, or due to drought, or chill, or pestilence, or disease, or famine or at the predictions of people like Camping.

Heaven and earth will remain in place, sustained

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May
31st

GOP: Run, Sarah, run – and make those liberals squirm

Re: “Palin’s ego trip stealing spotlight from real candidates” (Eugene Robinson column, 5-31).

Well, it didn’t take long for the far-left media attack machines to launch their attacks on Sarah Palin. Her decision to take a bus tour with her family across the nation has sent the far-left cable channels and liberal columnists in orbit.

They all say they are hoping that Palin decides to run as she would be the easiest candidate for President Obama to beat. I would caution them to be careful what you wish for; she just might make you sorry she decided to run.

They

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