Letters to the Editor

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Archives: Sep. 2012

Sep.
28th

TACOMA: Let’s explore Sperry Dock options

I enjoyed Ken Miller’s column (TNT, 9-24) on capturing the Sperry/MSNS waterway site for completing the Dome-to-Defiance trail. As a Ruston Way trail user, I think it’s a great goal.

But to ensure success, we need to not just kick out the MNSN ships, but help them relocate. In 2008 they may not have been top priority, but now with a new Stryker Brigade, they have to be quickly available.

So where can they go? It has to be accessible to road and rail to load and unload military vehicles. What are the alternative sites in the South Sound?

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Sep.
28th

CANCER: Funding must be a priority for Congress

Last week, I traveled to Washington, D.C., to represent cancer patients and survivors from Tacoma, Washington to call on Congress to make cancer a national priority. I joined more than 600 American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) volunteers from across the country to ask lawmakers in our nation’s capital to protect funding for cancer research and prevention programs.

I met with Rep. Adam Smith, Rep. Jaime Herrera-Buetler, Sen. Maria Cantwell, and staff from Sen. Patty Murray’s office, and made it clear that Congress needs to put partisanship aside on behalf of the nearly 14 million cancer survivors in

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Sep.
28th

R-74: Issue is a matter of fairness

I stood on the ladder in my mom’s bathroom with a paintbrush in my hand and listened to her in disbelief as she asked why I wanted to get married.

I was shocked that my mother was asking me why my partner and I wanted to get married. Wasn’t our domestic partnership good enough?

I explained legal marriage is another step toward national recognition. It is a desire to have rights outside the borders of Washington state. It is a matter of fair and equal taxation, and I have hoped to be married since the day I fell in love.

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Sep.
28th

ELECTION: Teachers union trying to instill fear

In a recent email to teachers, the Issaquah Education Association – a sub-set of the state teachers union – unloaded a heap of false claims to instill fear into its “customers.”

In the email, IEA President Phylis Runyan describes a scorched-earth scenario in which Washington will become “the next Wisconsin” if Rob McKenna becomes our governor.

Runyan fabricates 32 outcomes, such as “(having) No rights against discrimination,” “No standards for student behavior,” “no medical, family or dental care” and “no input on salary or working conditions.” Her list of false doomsday scenarios goes on and on.

Everything she says is

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Sep.
28th

ELECTION: Darneille being unfairly attacked

Two days in a row I have received an extremely ugly flyer from state Senate candidate Jack Connelly implying that opponent Jeannie Darnielle is soft on crime and is more interested in supporting criminals than law-abiding citizens.

There is even a photo of Meeka Willingham and her mother, with a statement of support from Sylvia Willingham for Jack Connelly. Meeka Willingham was murdered in August 1994. Darnielle has represented the 27th District in the state House since 2001. Where is the connection?

These seem to be the tactics of a desperate candidate. I would urge the voters of the 27th

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Sep.
28th

WILDERNESS: Keep federal hands off

Re: “Preserving wilderness areas vital to maintaining the health of Puget Sound” (Viewpoint, 9-26).

So, Bill Ruckelshaus, former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, and Martha Kongsgaard of the Puget Sound Partnership want to preserve Washington’s wilderness by giving the other 49 states a vote on how Washington should manage its forests.

I guess they did not notice all the forest fires that originated on improperly managed federal lands in Eastern Washington. I guess they do not understand that allowing forests to grow wild creates the ideal conditions for forest fires.

Why do the authors and three members of

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Sep.
28th

ELECTION: Republican record is revealing

With the coming election, we are facing a decisive moment in our history. I’m concerned because I am convinced that most of the voters who will determine the fate of all of us are politically illiterate. Many also lack historical perspective.

They don’t realize that the Republicans have had control of our government three times since the Civil War – and all three times have been disastrous.

The first was during the 19th century and gave us sweatshops, low wages, child labor and the blatant selling of the office of U.S. senator to the highest bidder.

The second was during

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Sep.
27th

ELECTION: WEA’s actions show lack of integrity

It appears that the Washington Education Association, which purports to “put kids first,” will do whatever it takes to achieve their primary goal of electing a governor who is in its camp. This includes donations to OUR Washington in support of the negative “The Real Rob McKenna” TV ads (TNT, 9-27).

Since the Seattle Times recently found via fact check that the ads are mostly false, what does that say about the integrity of those who are charged with teaching our children?