Letters to the Editor

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Archives: Feb. 2013

Feb.
27th

BUDGET: This isn’t about president’s race

Re: “Republicans welcome sequester pain” (letter, 2-27).

I almost hurled my Cheerios this morning while reading the drivel concerning the budget. The writer blames Republicans and predicts a tsunami of pain because of a desire on their part to see President Obama fail.

Our problems cannot be viewed as Democrats vs. Republicans. The real battle is conservative ideology vs. progressive ideology. The extreme factions will never prevail, but they serve a useful purpose by forcing the dialogue. At the moment our dialogue is stalled.

I found it very offensive for the writer to inject race into the equation: “They

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Feb.
27th

PIERCE COUNTY: This isn’t a police state, is it?

In June 2011, an elderly woman’s home in East Pierce County was invaded, and she was threatened with death by the home invaders. The event traumatized both the senior citizen and her daughter, who is home-bound and suffers from multiple sclerosis.

Who were theses invaders? They were the Pierce County Sheriff’’s Department SWAT team (TNT, 2-26). They had attacked the wrong house because they were incompetent and did not verify the address of the house they intended to storm with assault rifles and other military equipment.

In this country now, we are having a debate as to whether a

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Feb.
26th

POLITICS: Stop corporations from buying elections

The unrestricted spending on our political process by corporations unaccountable to us is eliminating the voice of the people in the political process.

HJM 4001 is a resolution currently in the state Legislature that calls upon Congress to send the states for ratification a constitutional amendment that would grant Congress and the states the authority to regulate election spending, so that billionaires, corporations and special interests can’t buy our democracy.

Corporations are not people. We need to stop them from ruining our political process.

Feb.
26th

BUDGET: Republicans welcome sequester pain

In a few days, a far-right Republican cult will allow the budget sequester to go into effect and fulfill their dream of sabotaging Barack Obama’s presidency.

They had a chance to work on a compromise last week, but since Republicans control the congressional schedule, they opted for a “work week” and forced everyone in the House to leave.

President Obama has a deficit-reduction package on the table of half taxes, half budget cuts. Nothing could be more fair and balanced. But Republicans won’t deal.

When poor children in Head Start programs and their teachers are denied education and employment, Republicans

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Feb.
26th

HELMETS: Preventing brain damage is cost-effective

Re: “Study has several problems” (letter, 2-26).

The writer says that a Centers for Disease Control study fails to explain where any savings is gained by requiring motorcycle riders to wear helmets.

Let me explain it. If you fall off your motorcycle and die, from any cause, it is relatively inexpensive for society. If you fall off and survive with injuries other than brain damage, it is a bit more expensive for society. But if you fall off and scramble your brains and live, it is extremely expensive to maintain you for the rest of your life.

That is

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Feb.
26th

FERRIES: Government derelict in selling vessels

Re: “Derelict vessels damage state’s budget and environment” (Viewpoint, 2-26).

Ah, the irony. The fact is that at least two of the large vessels (the Kalakala and Olympic) not in the state budget to abate were sold by the state “as is” to private parties with big dreams that never materialized.

Maybe there should be a lemon law where obsolete ferries are concerned. Or maybe the “real” cost of providing replacement ferries should include disposal of the old prior to the “fiscal and ecological cost becoming too high,” as Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark put it.

Other industries

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Feb.
25th

ABORTION: Rodney Tom sends the wrong message

In the article regarding the Reproductive Parity Act (TNT, 2-19), I was struck by the comment made by Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, D-Medina, that he is a supporter of abortion rights. I found the statement he made – “I’m down here making sure that my 17-year-old daughter has the kind of protection we need in Washington state and that all of our kids have those same kinds of protections” – especially chilling.

Is this the message we want to send to our 17-year-olds, that abortion is now the contraceptive of choice?

There are safe ways of preventing pregnancy

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Feb.
25th

SPENDING: More taxes is not the answer

For those who think American taxpayers aren’t paying their “fair share” in taxes, take a look at the variety of taxes imposed by state and federal governments. There is income tax, property tax, payroll tax, death tax, inheritance tax, business tax, gasoline tax, health care tax, sales tax, capital gains tax, corporate tax, estate tax, gift tax, excise tax, land value tax, energy tax, Social Security tax, liquor tax, electric car tax, vendor tax, consumer tax, sin tax, hotel tax and the list goes on and on.

If you’ve got it, make it, sell it or create it then you’ll

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