Letters to the Editor

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Archives: May 2011

May
31st

NARROWS BRIDGE: Fix costly tolling mistakes

I am writing to request help in forcing the Narrows Bridge tolling authority to fix the problem: transponders purchased in the last three months don’t work, and the manual matching of license plates to accounts produces errors (I know I’m not the only one with an undeserved $52 infraction notice). And we’ve lost tens of thousands of dollars in tolls, since I doubt I’m the only one that has not been charged at all for many of the trips made in the last three months.

Let’s collect the money from whoever made the decision to force people to buy transponders

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May
31st

BRIDGE: We definitely aren’t good to go

We are good citizens. We have a Good to Go account. We buy a new car. The new car has no license and no GTG sticker. We purchase a sticker at Safeway.

We drive the new car through the toll booth asking, “Are we GTG?” The attendant verifies we are, even though the new system cannot read our new sticker. We receive an infraction notice and a $52 fine.

We are, obviously, not good to go!

May
31st

WAR: Post-Memorial Day sadness

Memorial Day fills me with deep sadness.

Perpetual war generates profits for Wall Street, and the weapons industry embraces our whole economy. Even corporations like Boeing and GI are co-dependents in manufacturing the technology of death.

Thus our nation is ruthlessly efficient in recruiting, training, deploying and exhausting soldiers, but we are cynically inept in serving them when they come home, for there is scant profit in caring for the wounded.

Once discharged, many wounded warriors wait six months for veterans benefits. If they file complaints, they wait two years for an answer from the Kafkaesque bureaucracy. Jobless, without medical

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May
27th

ISRAEL: Obama’s actions offensive, embarrassing

Re: “U.S. must pressure for settlement” (letter, 5-26).

Reading this letter, I would like to comment that I, too, am offended.

I am offended and embarrassed at the audacity of our president telling the head of a foreign country where its borders should be.

I am offended at the belligerent stance, the stony glare and the hand cupped tightly to his chin during Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s passionate plea for understanding that Israel cannot possibly move its borders back to an indefensible line.

If President Obama were in Mexico on a state visit, and the president of Mexico told

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May
27th

MEMORIAL DAY: CPark students remember

The meaning of Memorial Day is often obscured by commercialism. Ask the students at Clover Park High what it is and you may get a surprising reply. On Thursday they installed more than 6,000 handmade stakes, each bearing the name of a service person killed in the War on Terrorism.

It looks impressive, but what is more impressive is the message – that we remember. There is no political connection or glorification intended; to do so would tarnish the memory.

Let’s put the display into perspective: Multiply what you see by 10 to approximate the losses of Vietnam and by

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May
27th

TRANSIT: Is light rail really worth the cost?

Has anybody noticed that when Sound Transit officials talk about the light rail extension into Federal Way, they say, “The extension from Highline Community College (HCC) to 272nd Street”?

But 272nd Street is North Federal Way, while 320th is Federal Way proper – another 48 blocks. Highline Community College is at 240th Street. The HCC extension is from 240th to 272nd. That’s 32 blocks.

The extension is projected to cost $600 million. That’s $18.75 million per block! Still think it is worth the cost?

May
27th

ISRAEL: U.S. support is in both countries’ national interest

Re: “U.S. shouldn’t meddle in other countries’ affairs” (letter, 5-26).

The writer was right on the mark.

I believe President Obama’s speech on the Israel-Palestinian conflict was a serious blunder. Instead of urging Abbas to directly negotiate with Israel, he dictates to Israel, on behalf of the Palestinian Arabs, that the borders should be based on the indefensible pre-1967 borders.
By doing so he emboldened the Palestinian terrorists whose declared aim is to destroy Israel.

I’m glad to know that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a rousing reception by members of Congress when he addressed them. This reflects

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May
27th

SPORTS: Keep ethics issues out of courtrooms

Re: “A matter of conscience, not of criminal indictments” (Eugene Robinson column, 5-27).

Hurray for Robinson. For a long time I have been really peeved at the interference of political and legal bodies in the ethics of athletics. It seems to me that enhancement drugs, gambling on the game, etc., are internal issues related to the particular sport and not a matter to be put before congressional hearings and the court. I felt this way about Pete Rose’s issues, and I certainly feel the same about baseball and Lance Armstrong.

You cannot expect athletes to do nothing when compatriots use

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