Letters to the Editor

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Archives: July 2013

July
31st

TACOMA: Pizzeria criticism seems a bit hypocritical

Guy Snell is trying to obtain a waiver for his restaurant, Sammy’s Pizza, to serve beer and wine (TNT, 7-12). Sammy’s is within 500 feet of Lowell Elementary School and needs permission of the Tacoma School District to serve alcohol.

Consequently, the Temperance Movement in the Lowell area has rallied to create a “dry” neighborhood to stop Sammy’s in its tracks. Lowell PTA members have suggested that intoxicated pub patrons might be “loitering in the school garden after hours.” We must protect the children, of course.

Carla Santorno, school superintendent, wants to protect the children as well, saying that

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July
31st

TACOMA: Utilities will hike rates if taxed more

Re: “Tacomans support utility tax for road repair” (TNT, 7-30).

The article on taxing utilities shows some very misleading survey questions. It almost appears that this 2 percent tax is free money.

Here are some facts. Tacoma Public Utilities’ rate model is “cost of service.” If its cost increases 2 percent, so will the rates.

More than half of Tacoma Public Utilities’ customers are outside the Tacoma city limits, and these folks don’t even get to vote on this measure. Is that even constitutional? Taxed but not represented. Seems we once fought a revolution over that.

My rates may

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July
30th

NSA: Snowden owed thanks – for what?

Regarding the National Security Agency’s wholesale sweep of phone numbers, the issue of privacy seems a bit overblown.

True enough, a record of my telephone calls exists somewhere in cyberspace, but I don’t consider the fact any more invasive than phone company records, which can be accessed by any government authority with sufficient reason. Until and unless I become a terrorist, I don’t really have to worry about it.

Among the millions, if not billions, of telephone numbers in a government computer, mine is probably among them. So what? I haven’t heard any knocks on the door late at night,

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July
30th

SUMNER: Charging to park is no solution

Re: “Sound Transit will charge to use park-and-ride lots” (TNT, 7-29).

The so-called parking problem at the Sumner Sound Transit station would be eliminated if Sound Transit would enforce no parking restrictions on hose not using the train or bus services.

What benefit does Sound Transit receive by allowing van- and car-poolers to park in their lot in Sumner? Absolutely none. So now they want the people, who actually use the bus and train services, to pay for the right to park in their lot, in addition to paying for the train or bus ride.

Sound Transit’s rationale is

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July
30th

COLLEGES: The rest of the higher ed story

Your editorial on postsecondary education (TNT, 7-29) uses hyperbole and uninformed generalizations to put down a specific group of students and institutions while failing to offer solutions or constructive concepts.

The bipartisan bill, the Supporting Academic Freedom through Regulatory Relief Act, was introduced by Reps. John Kline, Virginia Foxx and Alcee Hastings. It has received significant support from many institutions across all of postsecondary education, including  the American Council on Education and the Association of American Universities.

Our institutions are as much defined by our students as anything else; your editorial makes passing mention of this fact. We serve

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July
29th

EYMAN: Name I-5 bridge for someone who believes in government

It’s ironic and sick that someone proposes to name the replacement I-5 bridge for Tim Eyman.

The guy has dedicated himself to impoverishing government and taking away tax monies used for infrastructure (roads, bridges). Eyman’s dream Washington would have no red-light cameras or other surveillance, in the name of “liberty,” also known as anarchic chaos.

Name the bridge for someone who believes in public projects and active government.

July
29th

AMERICA: Is our government really working for us?

Is our government actually working for us? I am not asking this as a red state or tea party question – although blue-staters and liberals certainly don’t seem to have much concern (or clue) that this is a problem at all.

We currently have a Congress in a state of perpetual deadlock (except regarding their own perks), a president who appears to lead from behind (or with a Justice Department always in attack mode against individual state laws) and a court system bent on legislating from the bench rather than simply following the law.

Government at the state level reflects

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July
29th

CLIMATE: Deniers strike again with dubious study

Re: “Temperature is below 3,000-year average” (letter, 7-27).

The journal article cited by the writer, “Environmental Effects of Increased Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide,” is not a reliable source of information on climate change. The authors used selected data and drew conclusions not supported by the data they presented.

For example, the data showing the 3,000-year average temperature is not for the global average – it is for a region of the North Atlantic strongly influenced by the Gulf Stream, a very warm current.

I wondered how such a paper could be published. It turns out the Journal of American Physicians

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