Letters to the Editor

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Archives: Aug. 2012

Aug.
31st

JOBS: What’s the real unemployment rate?

Re: “Few workers laid off find jobs” (TNT, 8-25).

The article stated that 56 percent of the people (6.1 million) laid off between January 2009 and December 2011 had failed to find jobs. What effect did those 3.4 million people have on the unemployment rate?

Looking at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, I found that the 56 percent cited had contributed 2.4 percent to the reported 9.1 percent unemployment rate, a quite significant figure.

But the most disturbing part of this research was that the unemployment rate is entirely dependent on your definition of labor force and unemployment. In

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Aug.
31st

GOP: Lies should have been front-page news

Re: “Convention speeches misleading” (TNT, 8-31).

When people running for the most powerful offices in the world tell bald-faced lies to sucker people to vote for them, why did you only mention it on page 13? That should have been on the front page.

I don’t know why newspapers, which have been ridiculed and demeaned by the Republican Party as “lame-stream news” and “liberal press,” continue to coddle the same people who are the most responsible for newspapers losing readership and skilled reporters.

Do you think they will like and promote your papers if they get in control of

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Aug.
31st

BULLYING: Schools should be safe places

Re: “Parents say child bullied by teacher, classmates” (TNT, 8-29).

My heart was broken as I read this article. It reported that in February an eighth-grade boy was held down and put under chairs while classmates drew on his feet and stuffed his socks in his mouth, all while the teacher, John Rosi, was watching and even joined in by poking the boy in the stomach.

As a mother of children who attend school, I am angry, saddened and confused. Why did Rosi receive a 10-day suspension? Why is this now being investigated by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office

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Aug.
31st

GOP: Candidates bank on uninformed voters

Not only do we have to listen to the outright lies during the Republican convention from speakers like Paul Ryan but then we also hear from Mitt Romney’s pollster Neil Newhouse that “we’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers” (Eugene Robinson column, 8-31).

How arrogant!

The problem is that so many voters today get their information from sound bites and thus can easily be mislead by speeches which both sides make and which might distort the facts. Fact-checkers serve a good purpose to help us get better informed.

A well-functioning democracy needs well-informed citizens. The

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Aug.
31st

BULLYING: Incident was clearly an assault

Re: “Peninsula teacher, district failed a bullied boy” (editorial, 8-31).

Your editorial surmised that a jury might disagree with the way the Peninsula School District handled the “horseplay” incident at Kopachuck Middle School.

Last month, as a Pierce County Superior Court juror, I helped convict a defendant of fourth-degree assault for which he was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.

Clearly, the young middle-school student, dragged around the classroom and held down with a pillow over his face, is a victim of assault, not “bullying.”

Aug.
31st

ISRAEL: Is Iran trying to pick a fight?

Charles Krauthammer (column, 8-31) presents a good case for Israel being concerned about presumed Iranian nuclear weapon ambitions, but is less than convincing that it would be advantageous to Israel to launch an air attack on existing nuclear facilities, some of which are underground.

Any attack on Iran by a nuclear power (which Israel is) would tend to justify Iran’s need for nuclear weapons. Secondly, doesn’t it appear from statements by Iranian officials in regard to Israel that Iran is trying to goad Israel into attacking?

Similarly, in making public statements about “progress” and intentions to reconstruct surface nuclear

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Aug.
31st

KILLINGS: Educate readers about domestic violence

Re: “Spanaway man pleads not guilty in deaths” (TNT, 8-31).

The tragedy of the Holmes’ murders is made worse by the coverage as The News Tribune misses another opportunity to inform. This was not, as reported, a “dispute” or “slaying.” It was an act of domestic violence, plain and simple.

The TNT should use these all- too-common tragedies to educate the public. By consistently using the label “domestic violence” to describe these acts, readers will come to understand that this is a pervasive problem that has a devastating impact on our community.

Imagine the lives that could be saved

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Aug.
30th

MARIJUANA: Costs of enforcement are real

Re: “Enforcing pot laws cost millions, report claims” (TNT, 8-29).

I’d like to correct some misleading information in coverage of the ACLU’s new interactive map on the significant costs of enforcing current marijuana laws.

Contrary to law enforcement assertions, the map’s data do not include costs for cases where marijuana possession was a relatively insignificant factor. Rather, the government’s own arrest data used for the map follows the “hierarchy rule” – which means in cases where more than one offense occurs, only the highest ranking offense is reported. If someone is arrested for marijuana possession and assault, only the

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