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Archives: March 2013

March
28th

EDUCATION: Another vote Callaghan should regret

Re: “Charter schools opponent to become a supporter?” (Peter Callaghan column, 3-28).

A word to Callaghan: Charter schools are a scam, another scheme by business to get its greedy mitts into the public treasury and destroy public education.

The only reason the charter school ballot measure barely got a majority was because the Washington Education Association and the state Democratic Party were lazy and failed to run a competent campaign. Nothing new there, of course.

Callaghan admits he voted for this terrible idea even though a large majority of his fellow Tacomans voted against it.

Well, he can just

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March
28th

MARRIAGE: Don’t take us down a slippery slope

If the U.S. Supreme Court removes the God designed, the natural feature and purpose of marriage for one special interest group, will not the court also need to remove the parameters of marriage for all special-interest groups?

Why only homosexuals? Why not polygamists and bisexuals? Should not bisexuals also have the “right” to be married to both a woman and a man simultaneously if they “love” them both?

What supporters of marriage extinction fail to understand is that natural marriage flows from the laws of nature. Natural marriage is uniquely valuable because we are gendered species. The idea that all

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March
28th

CLIMATE: Alternative explanations lack agreement

Re: “Ex-professor tells senators climate data manipulated “ (TNT, 3-27).

Retired professor Don Easterbrook testified to a state Senate committee that global climate is in a cooling phase that began in 1998.

That is a new one for me. I have heard from other sources – in contrast to Easterbrook’s testimony – that we are in the warming phase of a cycle. During the 1970s and 1980s, the favored approach was to state that climate change is not happening at all.

The popular “explanation” from the 1970s appears to have been replaced by another one, which consists of making

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March
28th

RELIGION: Another tradition worth tolerating

Re: “As times change, will tolerance for tradition be tolerated?” (TNT, 3-28)

The playing field will finally be level. Traditional faiths have always felt free to be intolerant with impunity. Now John Kass is worried about karmic kickbacks.

Chill! Have some lovely coconut shrimp while lounging in your polyblend PJs.

How about if we all just practice a good old tradition: “Do unto others …” Now there’s a tradition worth tolerating.

March
27th

HEALTH: Families need public health support

Re: “Family support centers could close due to funding cuts” (TNT, 3-21).

Soon after I read the article, I was privileged to attend the second annual gathering of Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department public health nurses and social workers.

This group represented five decades of nursing services to Pierce County families which included home nursing visits for pregnant women and new mothers, classes on infant and child care, 15 well-child clinics and adult health screening clinics.

These services were provided in partnership with local pediatricians and other doctors. Education and early intervention was provided to our most vulnerable citizens. Some

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March
27th

COUNTY: Does anyone know what time it is?

Re: Pierce County Council member Connie Ladenburg’s proposal to move council meetings to a later start time of 5 p.m., allowing for more citizen participation (TNT, 3-26).

My former colleague on the University Place City Council, County Council member Stan Flemming, must be truly stressed about turning 60 at the end of this month. Always a clear thinker with an elephant’s memory, Flemming was quoted as saying that “we were lucky to get one person to show up” – referring to a 6 p.m. start time for University Place council meetings.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise, because our

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March
27th

MARRIAGE: Court must find DOMA to be unconstitutional

The U.S. Supreme Court must rule the federal Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional as a matter of states rights.

The federal government has always allowed states to set their own definitions of marriage as long as they are not deemed to be discriminatory. Those states that have granted same-sex marriage have by historical precedence the right to set their own rules regarding marriage. States that want to ban same-sex marriage have the right to do so. But by federal law, all states must recognize marriages from other states.

This must be upheld at the federal level. All federal law must

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March
27th

WAR: Welcome home to Vietnam veterans

Re: “Everyone in Legislature votes to honor Vietnam veterans” (TNT, 3-26).

Most of my Vietnam vet friends had a similar experience as I did when we came home, and it was not a positive one. I changed out of my uniform in a San Francisco airport bathroom to avoid the sign-waving antiwar protesters in 1970.

Since Vietnam, we have learned it isn’t soldiers and airmen who wage war, they just carry out the political decisions of our government.

Saturday has been designated “Welcome Home to Vietnam Veterans Day,” so if you know a vet, or see one wearing the

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