Letters to the Editor

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Archives: 2011

Dec.
28th

DEBT: Congress asleep at the wheel

A pastor had a problem parishioner who always fell asleep during the sermon. Finally one morning he stopped his sermon as soon as John was asleep and said “Now, I want everyone who wants to go to hell (shouting) stand up.”

John jumped to his feet. The pastor looked at him and said “John, do you know why you are the only one standing?”

“Well, Pastor, I don’t know just what we’re votin’ on, but it looks like you and I are the only ones in favor.”

Economists, editorials, columnists, letter writers, etc. are all preaching the gospel of fiscal

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Dec.
28th

BURN BAN: Where’s evidence of bad-air deaths?

Re: “We are concerned about our air, and we are in this together” (Viewpoint, 12-26).

The claim by the authors – a health department doctor and a chamber of commerce official – is that 1,100 deaths in this state are caused by fine-particle pollution. Please, tell us more.

How many of the “estimated” deaths are of people who live in Pierce County? Show us the death certificates, signed by doctors, stating the deaths were caused by fine-particle pollution.

Why is it that everyone I know of knew with symptoms stated was a smoker or lived a sedentary lifestyle?

When

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Dec.
27th

POLITICIANS: Fire all of them

Why do we keep electing the same people who have spent this state into the toilet? Why do we tolerate putting criminals back on the streets because the jails are overcrowded and insanely expensive? Why have we put up with turning traffic patrol officers into tax collectors? Why do we mindlessly accept tolls on roads we use to go down freely because the clowns in Olympia have spent road money on everything but roads? Why are we allowing bureaucrats and politicians to deny people in pain pills so they can soften the financial blow of up coming Obama care instead

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Dec.
27th

RIGHTS: History teaches us valuable lessons

Re: “Congress: Law skirts constitutional right” (letter, 12-9).

Yes, the National Defense Authorization Act is something that all Americans, regardless of political party, need to be highly concerned about. That act is simply part of the legal groundwork that has already permitted establishment of detention holding camps here in our country. In fact, the National Guard is currently recruiting “specialists” to work there.

If a national emergency were declared, the Constitution conceivably could be suspended, in the “interests of national security.” In the book, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” author Margaret Atwood posits a situation in which a national emergency provokes

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Dec.
27th

SHOPPING: New day for thrift stores

I recently went window shopping at the Value Village on South 19th Street and noticed how crowded it was and how nice it actually looked. I remember before I was in high school that thrift stores were dingy places where only those on welfare would shop.

Despite this image, my friend and I would still hang out at the local shop. We were always proud of our strange finds with such small price tags. Over the years, though, thrift stores have become a more common shopping location. With this newer popularity, local stores began to carry new items and updated

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Dec.
27th

PAYROLL TAX: Reality strikes Joe Sixpack

So, thanks to the payroll tax fiasco, the Republican Party may finally have overplayed its hand with its working-class supporters?

Joe Sixpacks all over the country slap their foreheads: “Wait! The party that would rather see me die from lack of affordable medical care than raise taxes on billionaires might not be on my side after all?”

Dec.
27th

PAYROLL TAX: Shameful lack of leadership

The payroll tax measure is safe for the next two months, and President Obama proclaimed on national TV that the average American worker will receive an additional $40 a month in their pay check because of the passage of this legislation.

This is good news for workers but speaks poorly for the members of Congress. Congress has had almost two years to pass or change the tax measure but has waited until the last minute to extend it for two months. This is a shameful performance by our congressional members from both sides of the aisle.

More shameful is that

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Dec.
27th

PAYROLL TAX: Throw out all the bums

The recent exercise in futility conducted by our Congress is shameful, to say the least. To put forth a two-month, or even a 12-month extension of the the so-called payroll tax (for Democrats, FICA is not a tax, but an investment in our future) while the Social Security “fund” is in the liability column, is outrageous.

Granted this measure has much greater political than actual benefit. If anyone with a brain were to analyze the results of this proposal, they would see how utterly idiotic it is.

To incur even greater debt while not really providing a meaningful savings to

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