Letters to the Editor

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Archives: Jan. 2013

Jan.
31st

HELMETS: Make them optional for organ donors

Riding a motorcycle without a helmet can actually save lives. My father has been alive the last 15 years because he received a new heart from a helmetless rider.

Maybe riding without a helmet should be optional if the rider has signed up as an organ donor. Since the helmet laws went into effect, there has been a significant drop in available organs.

Jan.
31st

KEY PENINSULA: Fire department promises better response times

The Key Peninsula Fire Department is working to improve our emergency response. In November, the community passed a four-year levy to help us in this goal. We will be funding eight firefighters with this money. Four will be new positions, and four will be firefighters who would have been laid off because of budget constraints beyond the fire department’s control.

We have promised the public better response times, and that is what we will deliver. We expect to have all the new firefighters on board by the end of 2014. If response times have not improved by 2015, the board

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Jan.
31st

BENGHAZI: Hearing was so much hot air

The American people were once again provided a dog-and-pony show as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was brought before televised hearings before the House and Senate committees in regards to the Benghazi killings.

These hearings did nothing to answer questions about what actually took place in Benghazi where four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, were killed by terrorists. What these hearings did was allow Clinton the opportunity to continue on the road to the White House in 2016. If she had not shown up to make a token appearance there is no way that she would be a

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Jan.
31st

LEGISLATURE: Why are we paying for office art, dry-cleaning?

Re: “State’s taxpayers pick up $5,600 dry-cleaning tab” (TNT, 1-30).

I’m really miffed. After Jan 1, I noted the tax deduction increase on my paycheck. Now it’s obvious why: The politicians want us to do their dirty laundry for them.

Our local “representatives” want us to pay for their tabs and they get a paycheck, too? If they have an office with a business phone line and artwork to make the office more “businesslike,” then they should claim it all on their own as a business expense, not expect us to pay for their tastes.

Will they sell the

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Jan.
31st

TACOMA: District keeps voters well-informed

Tacoma Public Schools should be commended for its thorough effort to inform us about the 14 major school replacements and the 200 other construction needs at schools all across the city. You want details? Go to the district’s website.

A citywide mailing has to use limited space, so they summarized the lists of projects for each school. For instance, Roosevelt Elementary School has five separate important projects, Whittier Elementary has six and Skyline Elementary has eight.

You can read about them, in detail, on the district’s website. I did. Go hog wild, click on the details for each school’s

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Jan.
31st

PAY: Training wage is good for business

With its highest-in-the-nation minimum wage acting as a barrier to youth employment, Washington’s legislature should be commended for considering a lower “training wage” for teens (TNT, 1-31)

Washington’s minimum wage rises yearly with inflation, which has created a significant hardship for the state’s businesses; they can’t just absorb the annual increases. When higher labor costs can’t be offset by price increases on cost-conscious customers, employers have to provide the same product with less service. That means more customer self-service and fewer jobs for the young people who used to serve them.

The good news is that research published in

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Jan.
31st

TACOMA: How much is newsletter costing us?

The 11-by-18-inch, eight-page Spotlight newsletter that was sent out recently to inform Tacoma residents of the Feb. 12 bond measure was extravagant and oversized. The huge photograph of Superintendent Carla Santorno was unnecessary, as were most of the other pictures in the brochure.

I am appalled at the four pictures showing cracked paint, rusty pipes and missing brick mortar. I thought the citizens already paid taxes for repair and maintenance of school buildings. It appears repair and maintenance is deferred until the school district is overwhelmed by its choice of neglect.

It would be interesting to know how much this

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