Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

Archives: Feb. 2013

Feb.
28th

GUNS: President’s actions helping one industry

I have been critical of President Obama for his overblown rhetoric, misleading promises and outright lies regarding the financial and economic condition of our nation.

So I am pleased to commend his singular, but enormous, stimulant to one segment of our national economy. His irrational position on gun and ammunition controls has exponentially increased the market for all guns and ammunition everywhere. Many gun shops are sold out, and many customers are standing for hours in long lines. Membership in most gun and Second Amendment organizations is growing in record numbers.

So, many thanks, Mr. President, for your one positive

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Feb.
28th

BUDGET: Herbert Hoover increased spending, deficits

Re: “History is full of warnings about fiscal austerity” (TNT, 2-28).

Harold Meyerson falsely claimed that President Herbert Hoover “cut spending” to balance the budget during the Great Depression. In reality, Hoover actually increased federal spending from $3.1 billion in 1929, when he took office, to $4.6 billion in 1933, when he left office. Hoover also ran up big budget deficits.

While Hoover’s administration had inherited a $734 million budget surplus, it quickly turned that into a deficit, which reached $2.7 billion in 1932, and $2.6 billion in 1933. Government spending doubled as a percentage of the economy, which

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Feb.
28th

TACOMA: Middle school football return welcomed

I read with interest the article about Tacoma Middle Schools revising the football program after a long absence (TNT, 2-25). It was happy news.

I had the pleasure of coaching football at Stewart Middle School in the early ’50s. It was a positive program with some great ballplayers in following years. We usually had 35 to 40 ballplayers in uniform on those teams. Many of them went on to great careers in college, some in the pros.

I can never forget names like Doug McClary, Ed Tingstad, Jim Jones, Duane Lowell, Jack Walters and many more. Lincoln and Stadium

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Feb.
28th

ELECTIONS: We still need Voting Rights Act

The Supreme Court is reconsidering the Voting Rights Act (thenewstribune.com, 2-27).

I grew up in the deep South, in Georgia – the only state then where the voting age was 18. My senior year in high school, our civics teacher took all of the 18-year-olds to the courthouse to register to vote.

The room we were in had a fence down the middle, and blacks entered by another door and tried to register on the other side of the fence. I filled out a form and was registered. I watched as blacks were asked to read and explain parts

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Feb.
28th

MILITARY: Put veterans ahead of unneeded weapons systems

Re: “Younger veterans struggle to find jobs” (TNT, 2-24).

As they face challenges finding a job, many young veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan struggle with disabilities; nearly half have filed some kind of claim. Yet the budget cuts now being proposed in Congress could actually make it harder for veterans to get the care they need.

The federal government has threatened to triple veterans’ health care premiums to help pay down the deficit while discharging more than 100,000 troops, effectively sending them straight to the unemployment line.

Veterans understand just as well as anyone that the government needs to

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Feb.
28th

HELMETS: Study’s clear that helmets save lives

A letter writer (TNT, 2-26) took issue with a Centers for Disease Control study on motorcycle helmets.

Page 2 of the study reports that 42 percent of motorcyclists killed in crashes were not wearing a helmet (which means 58 percent were wearing a helmet).

What is far more important is the next sentence, summarized here: In states where helmets are required, 12 percent of the fatally injured motorcyclists were not wearing a helmet; in states where helmets are not required, 79 percent of the fatally injured motorcyclists were not wearing a helmet.

Helmets save lives.

Feb.
28th

SEQUESTER: Furloughs hurt real people, the economy

I don’t work for the Defense Department, but I am a federal employee, and thousands upon thousands of us who work for other federal agencies will also be furloughed.

Throwing us out of work or cutting our hours does not help the unemployment rate, particularly in an economy that is not yet creating new jobs to be filled. Furloughing us does not help the economy. It doesn’t save your job or your business. Our paychecks get pumped right back into the local and national economy. We buy goods and services, and we help support local job creation and local businesses.

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Feb.
28th

SEQUESTER: It’s time to think of the children

Our nation’s real fiscal issue is not the $85 billion sequester, it is the $80 trillion that we now have in unfunded Social Security, Medicare and government pension liabilities, etc. As our nation gets older and more of us begin to retire, the financial pressure will become severe on our budgets.

These obligation will not be borne by the workers and the retirees of today, but by today’s youth.

Today’s youth voted overwhelmingly in November for President Obama. Perhaps it is now time for the president to help the constituency that supported him. Instead of flying around the nation speaking

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