Letters to the Editor

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Archives: June 2011

June
30th

TACOMA: Don’t penalize top students

My granddaughter, who has always received top grades in her classes, just completed the sixth grade at Truman Middle School, earning straight As in all her “highly capable” classes. She has just been informed that she no longer qualifies for the “highly capable” classes because she didn’t do so well on her standardized tests.

Maybe she didn’t feel well that day, or maybe she freezes up during testing. As a mature and responsible student, she should be commended for her top grades, not penalized.

Which of our highly esteemed educators made this decision? No wonder the taxpayers are tired of

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June
30th

POLITICS: When is it too soon to fight back?

On Tuesday, the day after Jay Inslee announced his candidacy for governor, columnist Peter Callaghan declared that it is too soon for candidates to start their campaigns. He did not write that opinion weeks ago when Rob McKenna declared his candidacy.

When is it too soon to stand up to the divisive rhetoric of the tea party? When is it too soon to put a stop to the job-killing economics of the right-wing agenda? When is it too soon to challenge those who would attack public education rather than address the root problem of poverty?

Attorney General Rob McKenna opted

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June
30th

EDUCATION: Scholarship is in name only

Recently the WAVE Scholarship was awarded to three applicants per Washington state legislative district. The applicants were promised up to two years of educational benefits while attending state colleges.

My husband, James, is one of these winners from District 25, and we are honored. However, we are also very saddened that his scholarship will not be funded. This year’s “winners” win no monetary award whatsoever; they get the honor of putting this win on their résumé, a letter from their district representatives (received), and a certificate from our governor (not received).

He has applied to the University of Washington Tacoma

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June
30th

SR 16: Let’s be more personally accountable

Regarding the letter about the Sprague Avenue exit off eastbound state Route 16 (TNT, 6-30).

The writer states that a driver cannot see the turn immediately and that when “you do see the turn, you are right on it and have to hit the brakes.”

There are a number of left-turn signs (complete with flashing yellow lights and arrows) displayed prominently approaching the turn. Simply paying attention to these alleviates any question about where the turn is.

The writer makes the point that this turn is dangerous as there were skid marks, paint marks and gouges in the jersey barrier.

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June
30th

GAY MARRIAGE: Do we care about the consequences?

Two questions:

• On what basis does a marriage consist of two people, when a representative of each gender is no longer required?

• If two homosexual lovers are just as good at parenting as a mommy and daddy, why wouldn’t three or more be even better?

These questions only scratch the surface of the chaos we unleash by tearing apart the definition of marriage.

Sadly, the sexual-confusion lobby has opted to force this down our throats, come what may, and by whatever means necessary – judicial activism, threats, boycotts, emotional blackmail and intimidation.

This debate is not about human

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June
30th

PUYALLUP: It’s time for a change

It’s time again for the taxpayers and voters of Puyallup to select some new City Council members. But first comes the primary election to select the two who will be on the November ballot for the at-large position.

After attending many council meetings and watching decisions made during the past two years, it’s time for a change. I highly suggest the voters read the qualifications of those who seek the nomination and select the one with the best education and experience to take that position.

I recommend that choice be Steve Vermillion.

 

June
29th

BUSES: Pierce Transit isn’t to blame

Re: “Pierce Transit let community down” (letter, 6-28).

When people complain that Pierce Transit isn’t providing a previous service, they are blaming the wrong party.

It’s the Pierce County voters who are to blame. They chose to vote down a sales tax increase of less than a penny per dollar to pay for the increased costs of operation.

Cuts had to be made. Gas prices alone can be blamed for the increased costs of operation.

June
29th

DEBT: What about the gold at Fort Knox?

I am really confused about the fact that the government has more than 147 million ounces of gold stored in the depository at Fort Knox, Ky., and yet we have to borrow zillions of dollars to pay our bills.

I don’t know for sure, as I am not a mathematician, but I do believe that would amount to a pretty good chunk of change. Why can’t some of that not be used to help pay off some of our debts instead of having to borrow. Why is all of this gold being stored if it never going to be used?

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