Letters to the Editor

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Archives: Sep. 2011

Sep.
29th

BUDGET: State can’t manage the money it has

Re: “Audit finds about $2.6 million in overpayment for child care” (TNT, 9-27).

First, the word “overpayment” should be replaced with “fraud.” You cannot make a $2 million mistake to one provider without fraud being involved. Hard questions need to be asked and answered.

Who in government is authorizing the payments? Every single bill that I pay has detailed documentation of the charges. I can look at that detail and know if there is a charge that is not valid.

Who’s perpetuating the fraud? Is it the child care provider, the welfare recipients or both? If it’s the welfare

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Sep.
28th

POLITICS: Vote out all incumbents

I would like to suggest an approach to the next election that has never been attempted in our history: Let’s vote out every incumbent, whether they be Democrat, Republican or something in between. Vote every one of them out.

This nation was founded on the principle of a “citizen”-represented republic. We do not need career politicians. This country is headed for a fall of epic proportions, and we need a change. A real change, not like the change we got a few years ago.

We need “ordinary citizens” who have a desire to do what is right for our respective

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Sep.
28th

BUDGET: Do Democrats have no shame?

Re: “Democrats may float tax hike in special election to patch budget” (TNT, 9-27).

Have they no shame? On the very same day The News Tribune reported that more than $2 million may have been overpaid to child care providers? Seems to me that not enough fat has yet been trimmed from current government expenditures – especially in a poor economy with less tax revenue coming in.

Our elected officials and senior bureaucrats need to tighten their belts like the rest of us. Furthermore, they need to become better watchdogs for fraud, waste and abuse of the tax

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Sep.
28th

BUDGET: State must find new revenue

I attended the town hall meeting in Tacoma Tuesday given by Social and Health Services Secretary Susan Dreyfus regarding proposed cuts to the DSHS budget. The proposed cuts are even more alarming than what we’ve been through the past couple of years.

It is shameful that our state can’t take care of the most vulnerable and that our only option is to further diminish our most fragile citizens. Their caregivers and the private social services organizations who help are also facing financial disaster.

Cutting the DSHS monies paid for the difficult work they do means they’ll lose jobs, homes, money

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Sep.
28th

TACOMA: Council needs to stand by billboard law

Congratulations to the Tacoma City Council for listening to residents and passing a reasonable billboard ordinance which wisely bans digital billboards from blemishing Tacoma’s skyline and requires nonconforming static billboards to be removed by March 1, 2012.

During multiple public hearings, hundreds of Tacomans weighed in against digital billboards, 1,400 signed petitions against them, and six neighborhood councils and dozens of civic groups opposed them. Approximately 95 percent of Tacoma residents opposed digital billboards in the public process.

However, as the billboard issue moves through the court system, there will no doubt be temptations for the City Council to capitulate

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Sep.
28th

HEALTH CARE: Insurance requirement makes sense

It’s difficult not to compare mandatory health care insurance to the current car insurance requirement. Many have argued that not everyone has a car, so not everyone has to pay auto insurance. The constitutionality of this law is not questioned. People seem to accept that if you have a car, it’s fair to require car insurance.

With that in mind, I would say the following: If you want to receive health care, then you must have health insurance. If you are willing not to go to a doctor, nurse, physician assistant, physical/occupational therapist, clinic, urgent care, emergency department or hospital,

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Sep.
28th

REAL ESTATE: Market here is alive and thriving

As a longtime Realtor here in Pierce County (36 years), I was really shocked by the provocative article, “Home sales worst in decades” (TNT, 9-27).

Although mostly factually accurate, when buyers read that article it will totally scare them away from even trying to buy a home. Buyers tend to believe what the paper says, when in reality there is plenty of funding available. FHA loans are 3.5 percent down, and VA loans can be zero down. Additionally, there are many different down payment assistance programs to help those buyers who qualify. There’s also the USDA program that is

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Sep.
28th

DEMOCRATS: The left conquers through deception

Over the years, Democrats have learned to mimic conservatism. They pretend to be conservative by using the right words to appeal to the majority, and those wavering in the middle, until they are elected. Then they show their true colors. They are chameleons.

This behavior was demonstrated successfully by the last three Democrat presidents (Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama). They all used the right words; appeared to be concerned about free-market economic growth; appeared to support the military, apple pie and the American flag; then, bang, when they got into office, they all began stomping on all they

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