Letters to the Editor

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Archives: May 2013

May
31st

PUYALLUP: Trucks make Milroy Bridge scary

Re: The Milroy Bridge over the Puyallup River.

How does a bridge built in 1931 get approved for use for school buses full of children, double-trailer cement and dirt trucks, long-trailer semis and up to three garbage trucks at a time? Is there no weight limit? And if so, why isn’t it posted?

Last week I sat on that bridge for three lights because a long-trailer semi tried to turn onto the bridge from lanes heading west. The driver held up traffic in all directions for three lights as he backed up, tried a second time, backed up (all in

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May
31st

IRS: What if your politics are targeted next?

The vaccination gambit by Lois Lerner (the Internal Revenue Service’s director of exempt organizations) backfired. Planting an innocuous question during an obscure lawyers conference (TNT, 5-23) probably would have inoculated the administration against this corruption firestorm if each of us did not fear the IRS!

Conservative groups and individuals were targeted for audit and extra scrutiny. Many reading this cheer that activity. This an appeal directly to those who cheer when government authority is used to stifle political activity. What happens when government changes hands and you are targeted?

If this abuse of power is swept under the rug,

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May
31st

PAID LEAVE: Abuse is rampant

We have all heard about government employees drawing full pay while on administrative leave after it was determined that they were no longer capable of performing their prescribed duties – in some cases for a year or more. And while such leave might be justified in a small number of cases, the system is often abused, thanks in large part to the power of public employee unions. Two cases are glaring examples.

Lois Lerner, who was is in charge of the Internal Revenue Service, is now on paid administrative leave to the tune of a $170,000 yearly salary. She refused

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May
31st

BORDER: Small fee could fund road projects

Re: “Lawmakers bristle at idea of border fee” (TNT, 5-28).

The main viewpoint of those cited in the article is that a border-crossing fee would be detrimental to the economies of Blaine and other small communities near the border. I would argue that that claim is false.

I believe that a minimum $2 fee to cross the border by land would do more good than harm. It is mentioned in the article that roughly 12,000 vehicles cross the border every day. This would bring in roughly $24,000 per day that could be used to maintain the infrastructure at the

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May
31st

DUI: State reaps revenue from interlock devices

Re: “DUI laws have interlock companies ‘salivating’” (TNT, 5-30).

I enjoyed the article regarding the ignition interlock industry in Washington state, but what wasn’t mentioned was the hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue the state generates from all the fees it has added to the cost of having one of these installed in your vehicle.

May
30th

CRIME: Restraining orders could be enforced

I just saw another report of an ineffective restraining order resulting in an attack.

No one seems interested in enforcing these orders until it’s too late. In these days of ankle bracelets, GPS, smart phones, Amber Alerts and “there’s an app for that,” I see no reason why it can’t be known to police computers immediately when the distance limitation of a restraining order is violated. And the about-to be-victim could be immediately notified by those computers as well.

Privacy concerns for the violating individual? Should have thought about that long ago. Who should pay? The violating individual, of course.

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May
30th

ECONOMY: The fact is, things are improving

In reference to the letter citing the former “communist prime minister of Ethiopia” – who served 12 years in prison after a court found him guilty of corruption and embezzlement charges (TNT, 5-29) – I’m not convinced Tamrat Layne’s thoughts and words about how to run a country are relevant to our nation.

In any event, the letter writer goes on about the last five years as being a total calamity. Would he have written this if the article on the front page of The New News Tribune about the improving state of the national economy had appeared

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May
30th

TACOMA: Let’s preserve iconic totem pole

Tacoma’s totem pole sits dilapidated in Fireman’s Park for one simple reason: The city has failed to properly maintain it for decades. Built in 1903, the record-breaking totem pole welcomed President Teddy Roosevelt on May 22, 1903, and is an intricate part of Tacoma’s history.

Unlike the Luzon Building, which was privately owned, the totem pole is owned by the citizens of Tacoma. They have a right to see that it preserved and maintained and not destroyed by neglect as has happened with an endless list of Tacoma buildings and landmarks.

As former Washington State History Museum director David Nicandri

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