Letters to the Editor

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Archives: Jan. 2013

Jan.
31st

PROJECTS: Where’s the money to come from?

Recently there has been a lot of talk about business wanting the state Route 167 and 509 extensions and the billions they are going to cost. Others want a cross-base highway and to tax us to prevent flooding from damaging Interstate 5.

Has anybody but me noticed that building permits have been given to build warehouses, stores, condos, apartments, houses, car and mobile home dealerships in the flood plain between Interstate 5 and the Puyallup River? In fact they are at a lower level than the highway. If it is safe enough for them, I-5 cannot be in danger.

Now

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Jan.
31st

POT: Many questions still to be answered

Re: “Conference helps state look at what it needs for legal pot” (TNT, 1-31).

Following the marijuana legalization process has been a real education, but no particular entity seems to pay any attention to minute matters concerning the health care policies or employment ramifications of casual legal usage.

Will there be warning labels attached to the selling features, like there is with alcohol and cigarettes? Isn’t a urine sample required for all those applying for government work or those contractors who do piece meal government work? Will insurance company liabilities cover those involved in accidents where marijuana is present

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Jan.
31st

HELMETS: Dumb idea to dump helmet law

So Republican state Sen. Don Benton wants to dump our motorcycle helmet law (TNT, 1-31)? The anti-helmet “lobby” says, “It’s not the government’s job to protect us from ourselves.”

Well then, it should not be the government’s (i.e., taxpayers’)job to be forced to keep one of these characters in a nursing home in a coma for the rest of his days because he splattered his brains all over the highway.

I spend a month in Hawaii every year. Hawaii has no helmet law. I am appalled reading in the newspaper the number of motorcycle accident deaths just during the

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Jan.
31st

TACOMA: Garbage rates are effectively doubling

Re: “Council to weigh water, power rate hikes” (TNT, 1-30).

Tacoma is switching to every other week for garbage collection, yet the article tells us that “residential garbage rates will largely remain unchanged.”

The city is keeping the same rates but cutting the pick-up days in half. I currently pay $25.25 for a 20-gallon can to be emptied weekly. It will now be emptied every other week, basically doubling the price of garbage service.

I have the smallest can (20 gallons) because there are only two adults living in this household. I, like many others, may have to go

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Jan.
31st

TACOMA: Our children deserve the best

While watching “Northwest Now” I was dismayed by the negative attitude and arguments by opponents of Tacoma’s school bond, Proposition 1. Our community hasn’t supported such an effort since 2001, and a majority of our schools have not had this type of an investment in them in a quarter century.

To be successful, our teachers and students must have the resources and tools they need in the classroom. But research shows that our kids also excel when they are in a safe, secure, clean and bright learning environment.

Considering the amount of time our children spend at school, they deserve

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Jan.
31st

VOTING: Early deadline for ballots unnecessary

State Sen. Pam Roach’s bill requiring ballots to be received by 8 p.m. Election Day (TNT, 1-30) must be rejected. There is absolutely no compelling reason for that requirement. It would effectively disenfranchise many voters.

The U.S. Postal Service has considered closing mail-processing centers, leaving two centers open in Washington: in Seattle and Spokane. Those closures will effectively eliminate overnight mail service. The USPS has also proposed ending Saturday mail service.

Those proposed actions by the USPS will require voters to mail their ballots at least four days prior to any election. Much can happen during the four days

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Jan.
30th

PIANO MAN: Nordstrom’s loss is El Gaucho’s gain

Like many, I was stunned and saddened to learn that Nordstrom terminated Juan Perez, its piano player of 27 years, with one week’s notice. Until I read the article (TNT, 1-28), I didn’t know of his remarkable story as an immigrant to this country.

Perez is a marvelous musician with an extraordinarily good spirit who brought remarkable elegance to shopping at Nordstrom. Many have described how his lovely music and genuinely beautiful smile made their day when they visited the store. There is a good reason why he is a Tacoma icon.

I first encountered Perez when I moved

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Jan.
30th

MEDICAID: Expansion vital in fight against cancer

As Washington state voters, we can be proud of our legislators in Olympia for their hard work and dedication to the task of setting up our Health Care Exchange. As a result of their diligence, our state is one of the most prepared for the inclusive changes that will take place in January 2014.

But unless legislators implement full expansion of the Medicaid program — an expansion that will be federally funded for the first three years — the Affordable Care Act will not be as inclusive as intended. Without Medicaid expansion, approximately 250,000 low-income adults in Washington will have

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