Letters to the Editor

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Archives: June 2013

June
28th

MARRIAGE: Court errs with decisions

The Supreme Court erred in its recent “same-sex” marriage decisions. It failed to consider principles that are more fundamental, namely: the “right of association” and the “right to define the particular conduct of associates.”

For instance, heterosexual couples, many milieus ago, defined their unique relationship as “the union of one man and one woman” and named it “marriage.” All cultures maintained this definition sacrosanct since time immemorial.

Persons in other forms of relationships adopted different names: partners, civil unions, Apaches, Masons, Elks, Mormons. No one ever thought of forming a new association (legal, cultural, commercial, religious, tribal or otherwise) and

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June
28th

FIREWORKS: TNT shouldn’t promote dangerous activity

Re: “Mad dash for fireworks has begun” (TNT, 6-28).

Once again The News Tribune gives a front-page ad for the tribal fireworks stands. They are selling fireworks – many of which are illegal to shoot off outside tribal land – that injure numerous people each year.

If I wanted to advertise my business, I couldn’t do it on the front page and if I could, how much would it cost? I doubt that The News Tribune is doing the community a good service by helping promote an illegal activity.

June
28th

VETERANS: Little help from regional office

Re: Veterans’ uphill road back, struggle with suicide” (TNT, 6-).

This article accurately describes most of the veterans I know, including myself. However, the statement that “the VA just reported it had cut the backlog of claims pending more than 125 days by 15 percent in recent weeks” is incorrect.

Data from eBenefits state that the completion date for my claim should have been in Feb. 6. It was filed on Oct. 12, 2011; 624 days later, the Seattle regional office of Veterans Affairs is unable to provide an estimated completion date for this type of claim.

When Sens.

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June
28th

LABOR: Union jobs provide better pay, benefits

Re: “Washington’s workers deserve to know what rights they have” (Viewpoint, 6-28).

Maxford Nelsen’s article got me going. The worker has a right to choose to work at a union-negotiated job or at one that is not unionized. Most would join the union for the benefits and good wages.

My union gives to political organizations that further its agenda; so do business interests. Nelsen’s statement, “Unions are political animals,” should have also stated, “So is business.” They all contribute to political organizations to further their agendas.

I’m retired and still pay dues (my choice) for those supporting a better

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June
28th

MARRIAGE: Religious objections are bogus

Marriage as a religious issue is just plain bogus. When I last checked, civil marriages are still available at the local justice of the peace. I’m also sure there is no reason needed to marry, like: “Are you marrying for love?” or “Do you feel this is mandated by God?” or “Are you atheists?” or “Is this for purposes of procreation?” etc. It becomes a case of “who knows, who cares?” I’m sure most of us hope it is love they feel for each other.

In most Protestant churches I’m familiar with, if a married couple comes to a church,

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June
27th

AUBURN: Where’s outrage over corrupt officer?

Re: “Officer pleads guilty to inappropriate search” (TNT, 6-25).

An Auburn police officer has been allowed to plead guilty to a fourth-degree assault charge, get 80 hours of community service, turn in his badge and get a two-year suspended sentence? What did he do? He made a traffic stop, did not call it in on the radio or cellphone, kidnapped and sexually assaulted a young woman. He groped her while she was handcuffed and not under arrest in his car, then tried to elicit sex in exchange for not “busting” her.

We are talking about someone who should be

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June
27th

MARRIAGE: Morality is going down the drain

Though our governor and national legislators all seem thrilled by the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, I find myself saddened at the fact that our state and country have come a long way, as Rep. Denny Heck exclaimed.

The majority of Americans agree with me that it is the wrong way. Not a great majority, I’ll admit, and that too is a shame. Freedom is being celebrated and morality is going down the drain. Civil unions are one thing. Marriage before God is another.

June
27th

SCHOOLS: Today’s teachers have a lot more to know

Re: “Teachers not being well-prepared” (letter, 6-26).

The reason that today’s teachers seem to be less academically prepared than those of the 1940s and ’50s is because knowledge has at least quadrupled since then. With the proliferation of knowledge, made even more possible via computers and the Internet, it is not only possible to know more, but also teachers can now go to the Internet and find lesson plans and methods, based on brain research, to more effectively teach any subject.

As a nation, we have argued enough over what every American should know; never will everyone agree. But

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