Letters to the Editor

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Archives: June 2012

June
28th

CHINA: Where’s outcry against forced abortions?

There was an article about forced abortions in China (TNT, 6-25). I have been watching for follow-up, especially outcry from pro-choice people about this human rights violation.

Do pro-choice advocates only protest when restriction are on abortion? Shouldn’t they be equally vocal when it comes to protecting the rights of woman to have children?

I avoid products made in China as much as possible. This is one more reason to not buy “Made in China.”

June
28th

TACOMA: Give us a taste of Bimbo’s legendary sauces

Re: “The strange-but-true story of Bimbo’s legendary sauces” (TNT, 6-25).

I really enjoyed the article about Bimbo’s Italian Restaurant. Although I never had the opportunity to eat there, I now wish I had. I have no relationship with the Rosi family and base these comments solely on the article.

My guess is that in 2001, when the city bought out Bimbo’s, it had no intention of letting those recipes age and then try and make a killing in the future, much-improved economy. In fact they probably had no idea what to do with them other than put them in

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June
28th

ECONOMY: Democrats want fairness, equal opportunity

Thanks to Kathleen Parker for telling us it is OK to be wealthy (TNT, 6-27). But when she scolds Democrats for resenting wealth, she is way off base.

Democrats want people to be successful, but not just the few. Parker ignores the growing disparity between the haves and the have nots which is leading to the demise of the middle class. We are returning to the age of medieval lords and serfs, thanks in part to our skewed tax code.

We need a return to fairness and equal opportunity. In his first term, President Obama has started us on

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June
28th

HEALTH: Take care with Medicaid expansion

The Supreme Court upheld the health care law. States will begin implementation. States will also decide whether to expand state Medicaid rolls.

The ruling permits states to opt out of that expansion without losing all federal Medicaid supplemental funding. Some states will decide whether to expand solely on ideological grounds with conservatives opposing and liberals supporting.

The decision must instead be made by each state based on its ability to raise revenues to support expansion according to its taxpayers’ ability to pay that revenue. Further, that ability-to-afford decision must consider the future when federal funding of Medicaid expansion declines.

States

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June
28th

HEALTH: Americans support increased access

The Republican leadership again tries to repudiate the law of the land. They blatantly ignore the fact that President Obama was quite clear on his goal to institute a national health care system when he sought election four years ago.

The Republican leadership wants to frame the health care plan as being objectionable to the majority of Americans. This is clearly not true, and those of us who welcome a plan for universal health care must be just as vocal in supporting the concept, allowing it to develop with inevitable changes and tweaks, as long as the right to good

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June
28th

HEALTH: Only hope is to vote Democrats out

With the Supreme Court upholding Obamacare as constitutional, you can bet there is more to come. To say I was shocked by the decision is putting it mildly. I wondered why Chief Justice John Roberts had an easy confirmation. The progressives knew he was a liberal in conservative dressing.

This terrible decision will embolden this administration to take control of all aspects of our lives. They already are telling us what to eat, how much we should weigh, what kind of light bulbs to use and what kind of car to drive. The only hope I see is if the

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June
28th

DOONESBURY: Left-wing feature belongs on editorial page

When are you going to transfer “Doonesbury” to the editorial page where it belongs?
Garry Trudeau is a bitter 1960s agenda-driven left-winger who hasn’t been funny in decades. Better that space be allocated to a strip that generates laughter.

June
27th

CRIME: Manos’ sentence likely not so stiff

Re: “Prosecutors seek stiff sentence for ex-cop” (TNT, 6-27).

Only a single count of wire fraud? Skeeter Manos may see prison time, but not in a facility where he would come into contact with any general prison population because of his history as a former police officer.

Court-ordered restitution is a joke. It is no longer enforced and monitored by the Department of Corrections. Skeeter cannot be made to pay the court-ordered restitution. If he chooses not to pay it, he cannot be punished any further; it is turned over to collections and declared uncollectable.

His crime, as despicable

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