Letters to the Editor

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Archives: April 2012

April
30th

PORT: Eliminate tax on county residents, businesses

Port of Tacoma taxes on Pierce County businesses and homeowners should be eliminated. The port levies taxes at the rate of $.182 per $1,000 assessed value as authorized by RCW 53.

County homeowners are paying $40 on home values on average, plus a share of business property taxes, during the current economic recovery period with declining home values, high unemployment and foreclosures. Port of Tacoma tax revenues have more than doubled from $7.4 million in 2001 to $16.2 million in 2010. Port staff has increased by 20 percent.

The port is a $31.5 billion business serving domestic and international shippers

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April
30th

SOCIAL SECURITY: That trust fund is gone

The News Tribune has published several articles recently saying that the Social Security and Medicare trust funds will run dry sooner than expected.

It is true that Social Security and Medicare have brought in excess revenue while the massive baby boom generation has been paying for the smaller previous generation. The extra revenue are the so-called trust funds. That money was invested in U.S. Treasury bonds, which means it was loaned to the federal government general fund.

This was a government loan to itself. The federal government then immediately spent it. The money is thus gonen and there are no

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April
30th

RELIGION: Line of popes began years after Peter

In responding to the suggestion that the Catholic Church needs to modernize, a letter writer (TNT, 4-29) credits the church with more than 2,000 years of wisdom, dating back to the first pope, the apostle Peter.

The Official Catholic Directory lists a line of popes beginning with Peter, but for the first 400 years, these men were bishops of Rome, not popes. Secular history shows the rise of the papacy much later.

Peter, of course, was never a pope. When Jesus named him Petros (a piece of rock), he then said “Upon this Petra (a mass of rock) I

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April
30th

HEALTH: Article fits TNT political agenda

Re: “Health care law to yield $1.3 billion in rebates” (TNT, 4-27).

The article obviously fits the newspaper’s political agenda with headlines and several favorable paragraphs frontloaded so as to encourage the uninformed to feel they are about to receive a windfall if the National Health Care laws is upheld.

In fact, the $1.3 billion would benefit only 15 million consumers, which is a very small percentage of the approximately 360 million people who need health coverage. When you progress to the second half of the article on the back page, all of a sudden the negatives start appearing, including:

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April
30th

RELIGION: Presbyterian Church in danger of extinction

While the Friday front-page article, headlined “Presbytery dismisses 4 churches in gay spat,” was quite informative and accurate, I take exception to the misleading, trivializing and inaccurate headline.

The problem within the Presbyterian Church (USA) centers on the fact that the General Assembly (the governing body) has governed against the will of a vast majority of the Worshiping Body for over 30 years. They are now “winning by attrition.”

In the very near future, issues of redefining marriage and questioning the Christology of Jesus Christ will also come up for a vote. Unless the PC (USA) can be reformed,

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April
30th

TACOMA: Strike while the Dome roof’s clean

Let’s get with the times, people.

Roof cleaning at Tacoma Dome finishes on time, within budget. Beautiful. Now is a good time to sell the naming rights.

Why is the Tacoma Dome not named after some large corporation like the rest of the country?

God knows Tacoma could use the money. It could be used specifically to upgrade the Dome and keep it competitive with the rest of the region.

 

April
30th

RELIGION: Emotion was very much present

Re: “Presbytery dismisses 4 churches in gay spat” (TNT, 4-27).

Please do not be misled by Steve Maynard’s mention of “little emotion or discussion” at the April 25 meeting in which the Presbytery of Olympia voted to dismiss four South Sound churches.

The Presbytery, long anticipating this action, spent many months crafting a process for dismissal that was approved unanimously by all our congregations. We decided early on that we wanted to engage in negotiations that reflect grace and love toward our brothers and sisters in Christ.

With that document as our guide, the congregations requesting dismissal spent many

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April
30th

SOCIAL SECURITY: Now is the time to make changes

The article concerning pressures on Social Security (TNT, 4-30) contains a message that should be sent to the very heart of Congress. The longer it waits to make changes, the worse the pain will be.

I must take issue with the statement by Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., that the “program is fully funded for 20 years.” Who’s he trying to kid? There is no trust fund; it was spent long ago to run the government and the money replaced by IOUs.

Social Security payments exceeded income for the first time in 2010. Since there is no money in the trust

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