Letters to the Editor

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Archives: June 2011

June
29th

EDUCATION: What’s really ‘paramount’ – kids or unions?

Re: “High court hears education debate” (TNT, 6-29).

With the current case being heard by the Washington Supreme Court on the issue of funding for schools, we all know that the state constitution requires that school funding be “paramount.”

With this being true, then my question is simple: If education the state’s children is paramount, shouldn’t we provide them with the best teachers and not the ones who have been around the longest?

It appears that our state government (which is supported by the school unions) feels that it is paramount to protect the union seniority rather than to give

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June
29th

INSLEE: Candidate’s jobs plan is foolhardy

Re: “Inslee kicks off bid for governor” (TNT, 6-28).

Does anyone truly believe it’s the job of the government to pick winners and losers in the private sector? Because that is exactly what Jay Inslee is planning to do if elected governor.

His plan to create jobs is to take money from the state pension fund, which is woefully underfunded, and funnel it to startup companies. This is incredibly foolish.

Anybody who’s familiar with the Venture Capital community knows that investing in startups is a very risky business. Most startups fizzle out after a few years, while many don’t even

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June
29th

FIFE: One set of rules for the public, another for the police

Re: “Hempfest came to the wrong city for a wink and a nod” (editorial, 6-29).

You wrote that “cops may not seek out head shops to bust, but they can’t ignore tables of bongs and pipes for sale right under their noses.”

Perhaps next year Hempfest should move to Fife. The police there seem to have no problem ignoring what’s right under their noses. How is it that one of its police officers gets drunk while on call, totals his police car and doesn’t get charged with anything?

I’m surprised he wasn’t given a promotion and put in charge of

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June
29th

TACOMA: Where has street-repair money gone?

As I drive every day on Tacoma streets I have to wonder: How is the city’s Maintenance Division going to repair the failing street infrastructure one 5-foot-by-5-foot patch at a time? At this rate the city will have the streets repaired by 2061.

The reason I used the 50-year formula is that the street, if laid properly, will last about 50 years or so. Most of the roads in Tacoma were refreshed in the 1950s and 1960s and they have serviced Tacoma well. The current road infrastructure is now approaching 60-plus years and has become worn and in most areas

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June
29th

FIREWORKS: Rules don’t apply to tribes

Re: “4 communities change fireworks calendar” (TNT, 6-29).

One of the problems we’re having is with illegal fireworks, so why don’t we stop those who sell them? Let’s see, I believe that would be the Indian tribes.

The Indians sell illegal fireworks to whomever wants to buy them. They don’t care where they will be set off or by whom. So we end up with a situation that can’t be controlled.

It’s out of anyone’s control to stop the Indians from selling the fireworks, so it’s going to be out of anyone’s control to stop them from being set off.

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June
29th

SR 16: Sprague exit should be redesigned

On Sunday I decided to drive the newly opened Interstate 5/state Route 16 intersection to see how it was. I was particularly concerned about the very odd-looking eastbound exit from SR 16 to Sprague Avenue.

Logic suggested to me that the “L” turn would be risky. As I made the approach to the Sprague Avenue off-ramp, I noticed right away that the sight line made the left turn impossible to see right away. And by the time you do see the turn, you are right on it and have to hit the brakes.

Since then, I took the Sprague Avenue

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June
28th

TASTE: Thanks for the trash, folks

Re: The Taste of Tacoma.

All that trash dumped on Pearl Street and in North End yards leaves a “bad taste.” All those who threw their leavings in our yards know who they are and should be ashamed of themselves.

Now the 4th of July celebration is coming, and the North End of Tacoma gets a double dose of trash.

June
28th

TACOMA: Sorry to hear of Nalley’s departure

Re: “No more Nalley’s” (TNT, 6-19).

I was born in Tacoma in 1923 and remember that when I was 5 or 6, Mr. Nalley delivered door to door out of an open-cab truck. The merchandise that my mother purchased from him – two types of mayonnaise and pickles scooped out of slanted crocks and into containers provided by the customer – were only two of his many items. No potato chips in sight, but he would give me a cracker.

The plant must have moved to Puyallup Avenue some time in the late 1920s or early ’30s because I know

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