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Archives: June 2012

June
29th

WAR: Haven’t we had enough of it yet?

What we’re not talking about nearly enough is why we, the American people, allow our sons, daughters, brothers and sisters to volunteer to serve in the mercenary forces of American empire.

If America really was facing an imminent existential threat, you wouldn’t have to give away college scholarships, a paycheck, three hots and a cot and lifetime medical benefits to get people to fight to protect their families, homes and neighborhoods.

What we don’t talk about nearly enough is the nature and ubiquity with which Americans are propagandized about their own national history, our nation’s motivations in the global sphere

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June
29th

GAS: Oil companies backed down

Sometime in March, I wrote a letter suggesting that oil companies were responsible for the high gas prices. I predicted, and it turned out to be true, that they would end the quarter with incredibly high profits because there was no supply-and-demand reason for the price increases.

Note what has happened since. When President Obama seemed not to be blamed for those high prices by the U.S. populace, the oil companies backed down. Gas prices are where they were before the uproar, or at least close. No Republicans have been screaming about the high prices for the past month.

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June
29th

ELECTION: Kochmar best for the 30th District

Linda Kochmar, through her hard work on the Federal Way City Council, has supported many strategies in the interest of the business community. What has happened on her watch and with her support?

She has worked with Realtors and developers to facilitate economic development during stressful economic times. Her stance on the budget during her tenure has been not to raise taxes and to face the challenge of balancing the budget with funds available.

When two businesses were poised to close down under financial hardship, she supported reducing the gambling tax so the businesses could keep people in Federal Way

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June
29th

MCKENNA: Loose cannon poor choice for governor

In March 2010, Rob McKenna, acting on his own, decided to commit Washington state citizens to financing his personal vendetta against our president’s Affordable Care Act. Against the wishes of the duly elected governor of the state he serves, and without polling the state’s citizens, he unilaterally made this decision.

He was wrong.

Do we want this loose cannon running our state for the next four years? His legal judgment is suspect; his ambitions take precedence over the interests of the citizens of his state, and his arrogance leads him to believe that he alone knows what’s best for his

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June
29th

HOLDER: House act deserving of contempt

The House of Representatives was out of line to issue contempt charges against Attorney General Eric Holder (TNT, 6-29).

This is so clearly a political ploy intended to achieve two things: distract Holder from his normal duties by tying up his office in chasing paper and payback by Republicans for congressional treatment of former attorneys general John Ashcroft and Alberto Gonzales.

It would be a refreshing surprise if either chamber were interested in working to make life better for American citizens instead of doing everything possible to paralyze legitimate, effective congressional activity.

 

June
29th

TACOMA: Bimbo’s recipes lack key ingredient

I so enjoyed the article on Bimbo’s Italian Restaurant and recipes (TNT, 6-25) as our family went there often while I was growing up.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but any Italian knows that a pasta sauce recipe cannot be duplicated. No matter how many times you try even with the cook showing you, it will not come out the same.

There are intangible ingredients that become part of making these enigmatic sauces. The person’s heart, soul and uniqueness somehow get infused into the preparation and it becomes one’s own, never to be duplicated. Italians

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June
29th

WASHAM: County voters need to wise up

Re: “Washam plan alarms county” (TNT, 6-28).

What is wrong with Dale Washam? And he is running again for Pierce County assessor-treasurer?

Wake up, voters. Do not vote for him. I could probably do a better job if I ran and then won. At least I would listen to my employees and accept guidance from them. I also would not require them to send me their e-mail correspondence.

He barely escaped a recall. Let’s not give him a second opportunity to try and bankrupt the county.

June
29th

ELKS: Club members keep giving to community

Members of the Tacoma Elks Club showed their community spirit as their building was crumbling around them.

I went to their surplus sale on Thursday to see if I could get some good deals on furniture or other supplies for a free, nonprofit community writing center that my friends and I are creating. Once I told the members where the tables and chairs would be going, they refused to let me pay, insisting that they wanted the furniture to go to a place where it would help the community. They gave us 10 tables and 40 chairs and encouraged me

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