Letters to the Editor

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Archives: July 2012

July
31st

OLYMPICS: Fill empty seats with 99 percenters

Lots and lots of corporate and other reserved, really, really expensive empty seats at the Olympics (TNT, 7-31)? Tut! Tut! They could easily be filled with the rabble – so known in earlier English literature, but now known as the 99 percent!

Hand out free tickets until every seat is filled. Then, that Mitt Romney might repent of his gaffes regarding London’s failure to do as well as he in carrying out Olympic events, reserve a prominent (for photo-ops) seat for him so that he can demonstrate how much he really understands and likes people like me.

July
31st

MARRIAGE: Celebrate those who act responsibly

Re: “Nature argues for heterosexual unions” (letter, 7-28).

The letter writer made a good case in favor of legalizing gay marriage, though I don’t think that was his intent.

Marriage is intended to provide security and continuity for all persons involved. It provides rights and responsibilities to the couple and to the community. The birthing and nurture of children has never been a requirement or sole goal of marriage, even when commonly expected.

Because human sexuality is a constant and powerful force, society has particular interest in channeling its expression in ways that do as much good and as

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July
31st

TACOMA: City overly aggressive with ticketing

As a downtown business owner, it is difficult enough running a business in this economy without having the City of Tacoma’s overly aggressive parking enforcement frustrating visitors with parking tickets for not turning their wheels to the curb.

Please, instead of fining people, the city should just leave a friendly notice. We should be encouraging people to visit downtown Tacoma, but the aggressive ticketing is not helping.

(Alexander is owner of Amocat Cafe.)

July
31st

ELECTION: Scare tactics don’t work in the 27th

I recently received Jack Connelly’s “Anxious lady/cop cars/crime scene” campaign ad in the mail, and I’m sorry to say, it really doesn’t help his cause in my mind.

I know nothing about him, except that he has enough money to put a ton of signs all over town and that his position on reproductive rights is not at all clear. I have, however, met 27th District state Rep. Jeannie Darneille on a few occasions, and I know she is a compassionate woman who has the well-being of people in mind when making her legislative choices. She has a positive vision

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July
31st

ELECTION: Connelly didn’t take the easy way out

I am the interim executive director of the Martin Luther King Housing Development Association. I have read the attacks by those supporting the Jeannie Darneille campaign with interest (TNT, 7-30).

I think it is important to point out that Jack Connelly had informed the association that he could not remain on the board, but then came back to assist it when the problems arose with the grant which Brian Ebersole and others had obtained from the Legislature.

Connelly returned and then stayed on after he learned of the problems even though a lot of people left. His firm has

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July
31st

EDUCATION: Assembly line or individualized education?

Editorials and letters ask if charter schools can raise student achievement. It is possible, as one letter writer wrote, that one school uses the “whatever it takes” objective in education philosophy instead of the easier segregated assembly line form of education.

Schools have used an assembly line objective, which requires segregation and refusal to educate some students. When federal law and the U.S. Supreme Court banned segregation in multiple forms, schools continued to use the same assembly line objective, which easily fails when we integrate students of multiple levels into one system.

In today’s society, all adults, including those with

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July
31st

ROMNEY: Columnist proves he’s an Obama puppet

Eugene Robinson condescendingly mocks Mitt Romney’s foreign diplomacy skills (column, 7-31), but does little more than demonstrate what a puppet he is. The American press all but ignored Romney’s “gaffe” regarding Olympic security when first aired on NBC, and not until the leftist British tabloid The Guardian made a deal out of it did the American left grab it and run.

All good leftists, Robinson included, are in full campaign mode for Barack Obama, of course. And since there’s really nothing good that can be said about Obama’s tenure, the campaign and their media puppets must concentrate on going

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July
30th

ELECTION: Connelly tried to help Hilltop agency

Since no one is saying it, I want to thank Jack Connelly for all of the volunteer work he has done for the Martin Luther King Housing Development Association. He stepped forward and tried to help this entity and stayed with it after it fell victim to the economic crisis and nearly everyone else left.

Connelly’s law firm, of which I am a member, has represented the housing association pro-bono in an attempt to keep it afloat. He is now being attacked by individuals supporting the Jeannie Darneille campaign. This is being done without regard to the efforts Connelly has

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