Letters to the Editor

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Archives: 2012

Dec.
31st

ISRAEL: U.S. must stop supporting apartheid

That extra $1 billion in military aid to Israel that Congress came together to earmark in the midst of a budget crisis did indeed happen, contrary to the assertion by a letter writer (TNT, 12-7) that it was mere pre-election grandstanding that wouldn’t pass. The U.S.-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act became law in July; $70 million was immediately disbursed, with hundreds of millions more pledged for Israel’s “Iron Dome.”

This is atop $3 billion in annual military aid we already give to Israel, whose economy has grown handsomely since 2001 due in part to Israel’s export of its “security

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Dec.
31st

ECONOMY: President isn’t up to the fiscal cliff task

Once again the president used the media as a political tool, with another useless “theatrical” set of remarks to the American people, this time complete with some democratic supporters lined up behind him.

The president has sent Vice President Joe Biden over to do the negotiating because the president is so inadequate at it. It is time the president put his big-boy pants on, rolled up his sleeves and did his own negotiating with a sincere conviction to get the debt resolved.

He had a debt-reduction committee of both parties work hard and come back with meaningful and obtainable proposals

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Dec.
31st

POLITICS: Liberals should end malicious tactics

Some political events are easily explainable and profoundly indicative of malicious, offensive partisan behavior.
I cite two of many instances where two of America’s most honorable men were falsely maligned for partisan political purposes – with the overwhelming complicit support of the mass media.

• The “Borking” (a systematic defamation of a highly qualified nominee for the Supreme Court, led by the malicious slanders by Ted Kennedy behind the protections of the Senate floor) of the late Robert Bork.

• The “Borking” of Mitt Romney –one of the most decent, reputable, competent, experienced nominees ever for president – by

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Dec.
31st

TV: Support local cable provider

I am a very happy Click cable TV customer, and am distraught to hear about the unreasonable rate increase proposed by KOMO TV/Fisher Broadcasting.

I understand the rates being negotiated are out of line with other broadcasters in the area. I enjoy many KOMO/ABC broadcasts, but will stick by Click on this issue. It is  a responsive, local, customer service focused provider. We should be encouraging the local civic involvement and engagement that Click (and I thought, Fisher) represent.

Please resolve this issue fairly and quickly.

 

Dec.
31st

GUNS: Why rerun photo of girl with gun?

I can’t beleive that the editors of this newspaper decided to rerun the picture (12-28) that was published early this year of the little girl sitting behind an M-60 machine gun that was taken out at the military base at some event.

In light of what happened to those children and teachers back east, what, pray tell, were you thinking? Did you really look at what you were printing and think, oh yeah, this will be good.

Try, if you can, to be more sensitive.

Dec.
31st

GUNS: Classroom is no place for firearms

Guns in the classroom? Let’s think this through.

As a retired teacher, I can say that not all students sit with their hands folded on their desks and their feet underneath. Perhaps many students will respond to this tactic idea. However, there will be intelligent, clever young people who will take this as a challenge to see if that gun or guns can be found and swept away in a cheerful game of “I can beat the system.”

If we don’t want guns to appear in the schools, then why are we considering taking them into the classroom. Where will

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Dec.
31st

PORT: Longshore workers aren’t port employees

Re: “Taxpayers subsidize generous pay, benefits” (letter, 12-29).

it is often assumed that the longshore workers are employees of the port where they work; they are not. Longshore workers work out of the International Longshoremen’s Association under a contract. They work at the port, not for the port.

The Port of Tacoma does not pay wages or benefits to the longshore workers. While they are not employees of the port, you will find that the longshore workers take great pride in the port where they work. This may be why it is assumed that they are employees of the

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