Letters to the Editor

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Archives: Oct. 2011

Oct.
31st

PARKS: Elect Thorpe to Metro Parks board

I am honored to join Helen Engle and Thelma Gilmur, co-founders of the Tacoma Audubon Society, and others in voting for Jerry Thorpe for Metro Parks Board Position 5.

On two occasions I have had the opportunity to hear Thorpe debate his opponent. I believe Thorpe will be a conscientious board member and will listen to all viewpoints before deciding what is best for our community.

As a former teacher, Thorpe understands the value of parks and healthy neighborhoods. He  will thoroughly examine and research the financial directives that must be taken to sustain and grow our parks.

Oct.
31st

GOVERNMENT: Revenue is the real problem

Re: “Government spending is the problem” (letter, 10-30).

The author seems to have a cogent point. Using those numbers, it is easy to conclude that spending is the problem because both spending and revenues are higher after President George W. Bush.

What he left out of the picture were the enormous expenditures caused by the two wars that Bush put us in and any money used to bail out the big banks at the end of the Bush administration. Bush saddled us with enormous debt without a way to pay for it. He disingenuously separated it from the national

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Oct.
31st

I-1183: Passage will put many out of work

Regarding those supporting Initiative 1183: Not one ad have I seen claims it would be creating jobs.

If fact, more than 1,000 state workers will lose their jobs – not to mention all the jobs lost by distributors, contract store employees and other supporting services. Thousands of families will be negatively impacted by the passing of I-1183.

Since retail outlets that would gain from I-1183 already have their own distribution and employees in place, it is doubtful these retailers will be hiring anyone to counter the loss of these jobs.

Vote no on I-1183 and keep the currently employed working

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Oct.
31st

GOP: Republican-led House hazardous to our health

Re: “GOP bill would let Border Patrol ignore environmental laws” (TNT, 10-24) and “Proposed biomass regulations a threat to jobs, critics say” (TNT, 10-29).

These two stories connect the dysfunction of House Republicans’ attacks upon EPA rules and regulations with the potential impacts locally: degradation of public lands in Washington state and air-quality problems in Tacoma.

Regarding the biomass regulation, on a face mask I will write the word “pass” followed by the bill number and wear the mask around town. Not only good politics, but good for my health.

Oct.
31st

I-1125: Protect state toll-payers and vote yes

Without the protections provided in Initiative 1125, tolls collected on a specific road or bridge could be used for any project within the state and tolling could continue forever. Note that when tolling was proposed for the new Tacoma Narrows Bridge in the Tacoma/Gig Harbor area, one of the justifications was that the costs for the bridge should be paid by the users of the bridge (and, tolling would cease after the bridge was paid for).

Tolling, especially variable rate tolling, is an even more regressive “tax” than the state sales tax and hits working people the hardest, especially lower-wage

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Oct.
31st

USPS: Only one realistic answer to Postal Service dilemma

As a former U.S. Postal Service manager with 40 years of experience, I think I have a good idea about how the Postal Office works. After watching several hours of congressional oversight committee questioning of the Postal Board of Governors and various other meetings, it is very clear what needs to be done to solve the dilemma.

• Keep the Postal Service a semi-quasi government agency, but give it an opportunity to compete in a free market without restrictions. Privatizing the Postal Service will only result in higher prices and less coverage. A private business would not send shipments from

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Oct.
31st

ORTING: Lahar bridge needs to be scaled back

Re: “Long effort to build a lahar bridge in Orting makes progress” (TNT, 10-30).

I travel the road to Orting often. One thing that I think of every time is when will they replace the old narrow bridge that is such a safety hazard near McMillin. It is a well-traveled road that is beyond overdue for this replacement.

I then read of a proposed foot bridge that may never be needed and may cost $50 million. It seems a lahar foot bridge is a very good idea, but the $50 million cost will kill the project. If they really

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Oct.
31st

I-1183: State liquor control doesn’t increase safety

The statements against Initiative 1183 are so false and misleading it’s pathetic.

We are told that state control is paramount in protecting our youth from the increasing presence of alcohol if this bill passes. Let’s examine the factual data between Washington and Massachusetts. The data exists in many formats if one bothers to check. Both states are blue so there is no political slant in the comparisons.

In population, Washington is number 13, Massachusetts is 14. Massachusetts is privately controlled. For the year 2009, deaths per 100,000 under 21 was 0.7 for Massachusetts, 1.6 for Washington, more than double. For

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