Letters to the Editor

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Archives: Nov. 2011

Nov.
30th

RELIGION: Cross a bridge and find acceptance

To all those disenfranchised by the recent changes at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Gig Harbor (TNT, 11-14), there’s a bridge you can cross.

As a local resident, I would like to report that we are not all of the same cloth. I and many others who have attended churches that would be characterized as exclusionary or that preach one ideology and display another have found spiritual communities that truly practice acceptance, tolerance and love.

I have found such a home. Located a short distance across the Narrows Bridge and in the Stadium District is CSL (Center for

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Nov.
30th

SCC: What about the prisoners’ rights?

Re: “Budget cuts may bring sex offenders to mainland” (TNT, 11-27).

The article was about possibly moving the Special Commitment Center from McNeil Island to the mainland.

My problem with this article is not the move itself, but the fact that you describe the prisoners as  “those deemed so dangerous the courts have confined them even though their prison sentences are over.”

What happened to the prisoners’ rights? If their prison sentences is over, then why are they still being confined? What happened to rehabilitation? Are we just locking people up now and throwing away the key without even

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Nov.
30th

I-1163: Legislature must heed voter will

It’s unbelievable to me that groups are asking the Legislature to suspend funding for Initiative 1163.

Have they forgotten that this is the second time in three years that voters have made home-care safety and training a priority in this state? Or are they simply ignoring the will of voters?

I-1163 passed last month with 65 percent approval; in 2008 it passed with 73 percent approval. It’s time we fund this common-sense initiative.

I have a mother that I provide care for. If something happened to me, I want to feel confident the person coming in to care for her

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Nov.
29th

BUDGET: Welcome to the new normal

Gov. Chris Gregoire and our Legislature have now begun a special session to deal with their projected $2 billion deficit. They keep being wrong because they don’t get it.

Our nation’s economy grew at more than 4 percent for many years. It grew faster than developed countries generally do. It was done with leverage and more leverage. We were capitalism on steroids.

Those days are now over. We will now see a 1 or 2 percent growth rate if we are lucky. This is “the new normal.” We don’t need a temporary sales tax increase. We need a budget that

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Nov.
29th

BUDGET: No increase to regressive sales tax

Re: “Majority in state support sales-tax hike, poll says” (TNT, 11-29).

No, I will not vote for an increase in the sales tax. First, it is the most regressive tax out there. Second, our wonderful legislators just voted to give a $42 million bailout to Wenatchee for an arena with one hand, while cutting support of schools and needed services for the poor with the other.

Now, if our enlightened reps could find the courage to revamp our tax system and include a progressive income tax, I’d dance to the polls to vote yes. At last the rich would

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Nov.
29th

BUDGET: Income tax fairer than sales tax

It’s time for us to consider an income tax instead of raising the sales tax. The sales tax affects everyone, including those with little or no income. They still must shop even if just for necessities.

People with little or no income would pay little or no income tax. Those with income would pay a percent in income tax. Wouldn’t that be fairer?

Nov.
29th

POLICE: Our officers deserve public support

With the anniversary Tuesday of the brutal slayings of the four Lakewood police officers, it saddens me to see so much negative attention focused on law enforcement.

Two years ago I watched as thousands of people lined the streets to honor these fallen officers. It’s a shame that it takes such a horrible event to bring out the goodness in people and simple things as a YouTube video to pass such quick judgment on police officers.

I would like to thank all the men and women of law enforcement for the selfless work that they do. I will not forget

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Nov.
29th

HEALTH CARE: Keep freedom of choice

Re: “The individual mandate” (TNT, 11-27).

Professor Walter Zelman asks,”Why is it so troubling that the government is requiring responsible individuals to purchase what they would purchase anyway?”

As a retired military officer and combat veteran, I was precluded from being actively engaged in political matters for much of my professional life. Now I can publicly answer Zelman’s question.

It is troubling because the freedom of choice that many of us served to protect is being eroded. Whether the health care reform is good or bad for the economy should be decided on its merits.

Some of his questions

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