Letters to the Editor

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Archives: April 2013

April
30th

STALKERS: Questions were left unanswered

Re: “New law targets ‘sick’ stalkers” (TNT, 4-28).

I appreciate the article, however I don’t think I am alone in wanting to know more about the specifics of the law. How specifically will it be implemented? What are the “new categories of behavior” that qualify as felony stalking? How are these new categories of behavior to be evaluated? By whom? How quickly?

What does it mean when state Rep. Roger Goodman says, “When creepy, sick people are watching someone for years, as was Jennifer Paulson’s case, law enforcement will take it seriously”?

What could be a plausible or typical

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April
30th

GUNS: Shameful failure to address gun violence

Re: “Senators ignore American public on background checks” (editorial, 4-19).

“Shameful” is an accurate word to describe the injustice dealt to the American people with the failure of the background checks bill in the U.S. Senate.

Some have argued that because requiring background checks wouldn’t put an end to gun violence in its entirety it simply isn’t worth pursuing. However, if passing legislation that helps secure the market for firearms can spare one innocent life, then there is certainly a purpose.

Without universal background checks, what is the point of laws that prohibit unfit individuals from purchasing firearms in

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April
30th

GUNS: Be careful about backing initiative

Re: “Gun background checks may see ballot” (TNT, 4-29).

The question every person should ask is whether enhancing background checks benefit the public without infringing upon our rights.

To this I say yes, but only to a point. A person being sold a gun is being trusted with a weapon of great killing potential. Society deserves a chance to make sure that person can be trusted with it.

But just as you cannot arrest someone for a crime they may commit, background and foreground checks need to be reasonably limited.

Just as a poor credit report excludes those who

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April
30th

NBA: We want our Sonics back

The Seattle Sonics were moved to Oklahoma City in 2008 after the city failed to agree on building a new arena with Sonic owners. Since then, the Hansen group has a binding agreement to purchase the Sacramento Kings. It has binding agreements in place to build a new stadium and move the Kings to Seattle and bring Sonics basketball back. Now the NBA Relocation Committee has voted unanimously in favor of the Kings staying in Sacramento.

We want our Sonics back. If the NBA is not willing to let us have a expansion team or let us buy a team

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April
30th

GUNS: Background checks initiative is welcome

Congress’ failed attempt to pass the universal background check bill earlier this month was a surprise to few. However, there are plans for initiatives for universal background checks in many states, including our own. I support such initiatives and would gladly add my signature among the 300,000 needed.

This a matter of responsibility.

Compare this with a landlord running a credit check on a prospective tenant. The landlord would want to make sure the tenant is a responsible member of society with a steady job to pay the rent. If he isn’t, then the landlord is going to decline or

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April
29th

LAHARS: They’re dangerous but not quite so speedy

Re: “In case of lahar, just follow the helpful signs” (TNT, 4-29).

Although he may be using hyperbole, reader columnist Scott Candoo is way off in stating that the speed of a lahar is between 1 and 15 miles per second; 15 miles per second is 54,000 miles per hour – a speed more appropriate for an asteroid entering Earth’s atmosphere.

The lahar that hits Orting will be traveling more like 40 mph, and will be composed of mud and possibly ice, with no lava content.

April
29th

EDUCATION: Math graduation requirements just don’t add up

We need to subtract some math requirements that just don’t add up before the problem multiplies and divides our opinions even more.

We all use basic arithmetic skills when we shop, balance our checkbooks and solve a great variety of day-to-day problems, but in my opinion, requiring algebra as a high school graduation requirement borders on cruel and unusual punishment.

Students who want post-arithmetic skills should be able to take all of the higher math classes they want, but why saddle those who don’t want to take them with skills that 99.9 percent of them will never need or use?

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April
29th

FOOTBALL: Game isn’t going away anytime soon

Regarding your recent article proclaiming football is a dying sport (TNT, 4-28):

Obviously the author has no idea what football is like in the South. From Texas to Florida, people take their football as seriously as their Bibles and their Tabasco sauce! From Friday night lights to all the colleges and universities that depend on football for most of their annual income. There will be generation upon generation of athletes willing to, wanting to and talented enough to play professional football.

No sir, football isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. However, I do see a lot more padding in the

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