Letters to the Editor

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Archives: May 2012

May
30th

CONGRESS: Flemming lacks key qualification

I appreciated your article on Dr. Stan Flemming’s bid for the new 10th Congressional District (TNT, 5-29). Flemming has a remarkable résumé and as a Pierce County Council member, he has often sought a middle ground between partisan politics.

Centrist Republicans are a dying breed, and their disappearance from politics has created gridlock and havoc in Congress. So they should be encouraged to run for office. However, even the best of today’s Republicans tend to have one disqualifying tendency for higher office.

A congressional representative needs to be able to determine policy using the best available scientific data. They

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May
29th

SPENDING: What is wrong with America?

What is wrong with our values? I really question the things we spend our money on.

The cost of a single Air Force F-22 Raptor is $187.3 million. By comparison, here is the cost of a few common items and services.

Single family house: July 2010 $235,300

State-of-the-art high school: $75 million

Virginia Mason Hospital addition, Seattle: $141 million

A private four-year college costs an average of $26,273 annually for tuition and
fees.

The Air Force has planned to build 368 aircraft over the next 10 years for a total cost of $69 billion. That is staggering, and it

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May
29th

MARRIAGE: What else the Bible says

Re: “Sin is never acceptable” (letter, 5-25).

When I hear people quoting the Bible to support “traditional” marriage as always being between one man and one woman, I wonder about the other things the Bible has to say about marriage.

For example, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had multiple wives, concubines and slaves. Then there is the admonition for a younger brother to marry his older brother’s widow. Of course, girls were routinely given in marriage without their consent, and the wives of conquered tribes were considered “spoils of war.”

Jesus had nothing to say about same-sex unions, but he

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May
29th

OBAMA: The Facebook president

One week ago, with a surplus of hype and a scarcity of fundamentals, Facebook became a publicly traded company. The price of the IPO came out very high. Its price immediately collapsed. Many were fooled by the excitement and overpaid for the investment. Investors are mad.

About four years ago, Barack Obama came to us with a surplus of hype (hope and change) and a scarcity of fundamentals. His ideas, like Facebook, were dreamed up in a dorm. Like the head of Facebook, Obama had never led or produced anything. Like the hype of Facebook, he was surrounded in hype.

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May
29th

WAR: Greed is the real enemy

Veterans Affairs estimates that 18 American soldiers/veterans commit suicide every day. More will kill themselves in one year than our enemies killed in the past 10 years.

But the real enemy is greed.

Wall Street makes obscene profits from military weapons. The U.S. produces more weapons than the next seven leading arms-manufacturing nations combined. Our war industry is a vast network of corporations including America’s most iconic companies: General Electric, Boeing, DuPont. To sustain war profiteering, Wall Street controls both Congress and the White House, using them to propagate perpetual war.

Our brave soldiers do not share Wall Street profits.

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May
29th

RELIGION: Not all Jews happy about Chabad center

In the story about the opening of the new Chabad Jewish Center of Pierce County (TNT, 5-27), Rabbi Zalman Heber is quoted as saying, “This is a milestone the Jewish community has been waiting for for a long time.”

I believe this is quite an overstatement. Many in the Jewish community, myself included, do not agree with the customs and some of the practices set forth by the Chabad-Lubavitch movement.

May
29th

HEALTH: Anesthesia is not like treating the sniffles

As a Tacoma anesthesiologist, I work closely with and understand the role and value of nurse practitioners. In his May 24 op-ed, “Why a Yale M.D. when a nurse practitioner will do?” Daniel Akst stated that some non-physicians are as able to deliver health care for routine needs as physicians. He fails to recognize that anesthesia care is far different than treating the sniffles.

Anesthesiology is a complex medical specialty. Physician anesthesiologists play a central role in the operating room and make decisions that protect and regulate their patients’ critical life functions. They also are typically the first to diagnose

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May
29th

TACOMA: Meter vultures too eager to ticket

It seems like we have created an unreasonable situation with regard to the metered parking in downtown Tacoma. At times there is a completely excessive and unreasonable enforcement strategy with a “we’ll show them attitude.”

I am generally supportive of the meters, think they are priced fairly and hope that they do a good job of making parking more available as needed. However, I think it is totally unfair to issue tickets to customers who park for a minute or two in one of several wide-open parking spaces, and then have the ticket vultures show up and seize on these

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