Letters to the Editor

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Archives: Jan. 2012

Jan.
31st

TACOMA: City’s loss is Seattle’s gain

Re: “Lost spaces” (TNT, 1-28).

I am glad that there is no parking at the Tacoma Dome; it has saved me lots of money.

I have tried to go to events but was unable to find parking in the Dome parking lot. I was not going pay the high price they were asking for parking off the area, plus pay the amount for a ticket to the event.

I’ll take the bus to Seattle; that lets me off in front of the event. I am a senior and can’t walk very far.

Jan.
31st

WASHAM: Pricey official should do us all a favor

Re: “Washam’s legal frays cost county treasure” (TNT, 1-30).

It is appalling that an elected official cannot be held personally responsible for his incompetence. Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer Dale Washam is the poster child for someone who is not qualified for the position, and the taxpayers will be paying for his personal shortcomings for years.

It is shameful that he does not have to personally pay the costs for employment practice settlements, legal fees and the investigations.

It is indeed unfortunate that the recall failed to obtain sufficient valid signatures. With many county employees already laid off, or facing a

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Jan.
31st

PUYALLUP: Council mocks the public

It has taken less than a month for the new Puyallup City Council to degenerate into gutter politics. Any moral or ethical stature it had hoped to profess has been destroyed by its actions.

A member of the public who had the audacity to stand at the council podium and question some of its new policies has been insulted worldwide. A video of the citizen’s comments with personal attacks and captions that ridicule her statements has been produced, posted on YouTube and advertised on Puyallup Now, the web-based political mouthpiece of the new “gang of four” (Rick Hansen, John Knutsen,

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Jan.
31st

WARS: World peace must be our goal

Six others joined me to listen to President Obama’s excellent State of the Union speech. It was a comprehensive answer to today’s problems and how he hopes to pay off the national debt, partially by using half of the money saved by bringing our troops home from overseas.

Wars are costly and full of sorrow. I am 88 and have put four children through college and appreciate the Social Security and Medicare that I receive.

I am asking the president and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden to try to bring peace on earth along with their other

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Jan.
31st

SCHOOLS: Where have all the leaders gone?

Children of Washington state take a back seat in the Legislature again. Plastic bags, driving in the rain with headlights and gay marriage are much more important in Olympia.

Kids can’t vote, so year after year the arrogant, self-centered elected “leaders” of our state ignore our schools. House Speaker Frank Chop has an iron grip on every Democrat in the House. Nothing sees the light of day without his blessing. The Senate is the same.

The governor gives lip service. She called a special session of the Legislature, paid lawmakers  for doing nothing and still has no budget solution. While

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Jan.
30th

SCHOOLS: Many can’t afford more tax increases

My ballot for the Peninsula School District levy shows the levy amounts increase every year. Levies are confusing in how they tax our property, but the levy amount increases shows the tax increases.

The governor wants increased sales and gas taxes, Pierce County is raising taxes for flood-control plus tolls and ferry fares going up. The price I have to pay for food, gas and medicine go up each time I make a purchase.

Like me, many out there on a fixed income are at a ceiling of what we can pay. My Social Security COLA was quickly eaten up

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Jan.
30th

AIDS: Fight crisis in the black community

HIV/AIDS is a crisis out of control in black communities throughout the United States. The continued severity of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in black communities cannot be underestimated. Our challenge in 2012 is to stem the tide and save the lives of black people locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

For almost 12 years now, Feb. 7 has been designated as National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. It is a national HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative designed to encourage blacks across the United States and territorial areas to get educated, get tested, get treated and get involved with HIV/AIDS.

The theme

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Jan.
30th

BUDGET: Protect the state’s most vulnerable

Legislators in Olympia need to make protecting vulnerable individuals a priority. They need to follow the will of the voters and implement Initiative 1163, which has been passed twice in three years.

The initiative protects seniors and people with disabilities and enables folks to stay in their homes versus having to be placed in expensive nursing homes. Washington voters have spoken loud and clear: Protect our most vulnerable and implement I-1163.