Re: “First new synagogue in Tacoma since ’68 to open” (TNT, 5-27).
The article missed the mark. It’s a shame your reporter didn’t ask:
• Why did government allow some neighbors to ignore city codes and ordinances with respect to the new synagogue’s size and lack of parking?
• Why are neighbors who object to this favoritism afraid of being publicly quoted? It would have been uncomfortable to conclude that on this street, government considers some neighbors more equal than others. It’s a shame.
When plans to build a synagogue were first revealed, I was pleased, even delighted. It’s a shame this project was pushed with an East Coast attitude that left neighbors feeling disrespected by the developer and abandoned by the city.
June’s ceremonial opening should be welcomed as a cause for celebration by the community. But as it stands, it’s only an oversized symbol of how “justice” follows money and power.
It’s unfortunate that on my street, our government doesn’t provide equal protection under the law and The News Tribune doesn’t care to delve into the uncomfortable details. It’s a shame.