Letters to the Editor

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Archives: 2012

Dec.
31st

GUNS: Enforce laws already on the books

The recent hysteria concerning gun laws after the Newtown shooting fails to address a simple legal premise: There are far too many gun laws already on the books that prosecutors and judges alike fail to enforce.

If a convicted felon is caught with a firearm, that felon is likely to receive little or no jail time even though federal sentencing guidelines recommend five years of prison time.

I understand that revisiting current gun laws has no one single solution. However, as a society, we can start by getting tougher on crime when it comes to gun law enforcement. Even if

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Dec.
31st

TAXES: Where’s the shared sacrifice?

Part of the proposed changes to the federal budget is to use a concept called “Chained Consumer Price Index” to compute cost-of-living increases for recipients of Social Security, veterans benefits and g0vernment pensions. In short, the concept calls for reducing benefits because seniors and the disabled will be forced to choose to downgrade their purchases to lesser costs for basic items.

For example, seniors and the disabled will choose with less money to switch from a name-brand can of tuna to a store-brand of tuna, shop for clothing at Walmart rather than JC Penny, and so on. A lot of

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Dec.
31st

GREGOIRE: Her logic on spending is wrong

Re: “In good times and bad: Economy defines her legacy” (TNT, 12-30).

The article on Gov. Chris Gregoire’s legacy included the following gem of a quote from her:  “… that if the money left in reserves had been any larger, lawmakers feared it would tempt a voter initiative to cut taxes.”

Does this logic make sense to anyone from either side of the aisle? Gregoire had excess taxpayer cash in her hands that she did not have to spend. But rather than risk taxpayers questioning if tax rates were appropriate, she spent it.

In the private sector, you spend

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Dec.
28th

CONGRESS: A pox on both their houses

If anything speaks to the need for term limits it is the way members of both parties in the U.S. House and Senate are behaving like spoiled brats, by posturing, posing and playing chicken with our financial future while leaving the American public twisting in the wind of uncertainty.

If eight years is the time limit for our presidents to serve then it is high time to consider imposing limits on members of Congress, and we should also do away with the right of those who oppose legislation to derail the will of the majority by using the filibuster. Majority

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Dec.
28th

SHOOTINGS: White males most likely to be mass killers

We have all been shocked by the mass murder at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Interested readers should Google “mass murder in America” to learn more about these incidents.

The statistics are shocking, but one in particular has not been highlighted by the media. Mother Jones magazine reports that 71 percent of the 62 firearms-related mass murders since 1982 were committed by white males; only one was by a woman.

That is a stark disconnect from the 2007 Census estimate reflecting that non-Hispanic white males were only 32 percent of the population. The question is why? There is

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Dec.
28th

GUNS: Country, city have differing outlooks

Re: “America should look within to change gun culture” (TNT, 12-27).

I would like to offer my experience as an example of why there is a wide difference in attitudes toward firearms in our country.

When I was 3 years old, my parents moved from New York to my grandfather’s 78-acre farm in New England. My father took with him a rifle given to him by his uncle. It was a Winchester model 90. My father showed me how to use it and clean it by the time I was 8 years old. I shot rabbits, squirrels, woodchuck and

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Dec.
28th

BUSES: How does Pierce Transit account for cuts discrepancy?

The supporters of Pierce Transit Proposition 1 stated that if it didn’t pass, service would be reduced by 53 percent by February 2014. Now Pierce Transit states that service reductions would be 34 percent if the reductions were put in place by September 2013 or 36 percent if they waited until February 2014 (thenewstribune.com).

How does Pierce Transit account for this significant difference? Is it surprising that the voters are suspicious when proposals are presented to them for their approval? Any issues that are presented to the voters need to be thoroughly vetted before they are placed on the

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Dec.
28th

ECONOMY: Majority spoke by re-electing president

A lame duck Congress has been asked to come to the aid of this country many times in its history; likely, a no more important time occurred in our republic than in 1865. In January of that year after much acrimony, debate and political logrolling, Congress enacted the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, abolishing slavery. This story is told so poignantly in the film “Lincoln” in theaters now.

President Abraham Lincoln, quoted by Carl Sandburg in his wonderful biography, said, “In a great national crisis, like ours, unanimity of action among those seeking a common end is very desirable

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