Letters to the Editor

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Archives: March 2013

March
29th

OBAMA: Criticism of vacation out of bounds

At a time when his country is in such grave financial condition, should the president be flying around the country and playing so much golf?

I didn’t vote for him in 2008 or 2012, and I disagree with many of his programs, but for crying out loud the man is entitled to do what he wants with the little leisure time he has. Ronald Reagan liked to cut brush and George W. Bush put a lot of miles on his bicycle to burn off stress.

People want to see their presidents and like to know about their hobbies, and I

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March
29th

USPS: Bulk postage rates are unacceptably low

I asked the Tacoma School District how much it the cost to mail its oversized Winter 2013 Spotlight brochure. The answer: It mailed 96,241 brochures for a cost 7 cents per piece.

I took this same brochure to the Pine Street Post Office and found it would cost me $1.12 to mail one brochure.

I understand bulk mail is handled in a more efficient method than my mail, but the difference in cost per item is unacceptable. At a rate of only 7 cents for bulk mail it appears there haven’t been many increases over the years.

The U.S. Postal

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March
29th

MARRIAGE: Hitler weighs in on the sanctity of marriage

With the Soviet army closing in on the Reichstag and only hours left to live, lifelong bachelor Adolf Hitler decided that the most important statement he could make to the world was to marry a nice German girl. What a boost for the sanctity of marriage!

The attorneys against gay marriage have lost with every argument they have put forth over the last four years of litigation: the sanctity of marriage, the inability to procreate, thousands of years of traditional marriage (going back to David and his seven wives and numerous concubines).

With its propensity to bring Hitler into every

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March
29th

MARRIAGE: Constitution lost in all the rhetoric

It is terribly depressing that lost in all of rhetoric surrounding same-sex marriage is the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court’s responsibility is to determine whether or not the laws in the cases before it are constitutional. To the contrary, what I see in the news is discussion of everything but that.

Justice Samuel Alito is quoted as saying that “same-sex marriage is very new.” What does the newness of same-sex marriage have to do with whether or not the laws before the court are constitutional?

Justice Anthony Kennedy is quoted talking about “uncharted waters.” Don’t most constitutional issues deal

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March
29th

ELECTION: Orting fire district needs community support

Orting Valley Fire and Rescue (Pierce County Fire District 18) is running a four-year maintenance and operations levy on the April 23 ballot. This levy is necessary due to the dramatic drops in assessed property value that has occurred since 2009. Annual revenue is down $826,000 (33 percent) since that year.

The levy authorizes the district to collect $825,000 each year from 2014 through 2017. It is important to note that this would bring the district back to its 2009 revenue level and allow the district to maintain its basic level of service. This is only possible because of budget

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March
29th

EDUCATION: The public must step up to the plate

Re: “Let’s keep the ‘public’ in public education” (Viewpoint, 3-29).

A college education has enriched my own personal life, the life of my family and hopefully the students whom I taught for 30 years.

I was lucky enough to have parents who wanted all their children to graduate from college. In the 1960s, it was possible, especially for young men, to pick up shifts in mills and make almost enough money to pay for a year’s tuition. The money I made waitressing helped also with living costs, but thanks to the taxpayer, my working-class parents could afford the tuition.

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March
29th

EDUCATION: Provide leadership on charter schools

Yikes. Just when we thought it was safe to discuss charter schools, a letter writer (TNT, 3-29) calls them “a scam,” former Tacoma School Board member Kim Golding urges Tacoma not to “dirty its hands” and current board member Debbie Winskill isn’t interested because – with charters new in Washington – “there are too many unknowns” (TNT, 3-29).

The fact that 42 other states have charters? Doesn’t matter, apparently. We prefer parochial education.

Tacoma School District is rightly proud of being declared an “innovation zone” by the state, but innovation means disrupting the status quo. It means embracing

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March
28th

TACOMA: Right idea, wrong neighborhood

Re: “Mixed-use projects are tools in fight against sprawl” (editorial, 3-28).

It is difficult to see what “sprawl” will be prevented with the proposed construction of Proctor 28. The Proctor District has been largely unchanged for the past 50 years.

Proctor 28 is sprawl. It will introduce a six-story structure right next to Mason Middle School, a two-story parking garage, and 135 cars pouring out onto an already crowded two-lane road. There are drainage problems already on 28th Street in the fall and winter.

This development will fundamentally change the community and is nothing more than a way to

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