Letters to the Editor

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Archives: Aug. 2013

Aug.
30th

MILITARY: We need to stop trying to police the world

At present more than 150,00 American troops are serving outside of our country. Where and why deserve some answers.

In addition to the endless war in Afghanistan, where 63,000 of our troops are trying to help people, many if not most of whom hate our very guts, another 100,00 of our finest are deployed all over the world.

If I remember correctly, World War II ended nearly 70 years ago in 1945, so why are 52,000 U.S. troops still in Japan, 45,000 in Germany, 10,000 in Italy, 10,000 in the U.K. and another 50,000 or so scattered around the world?

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Aug.
30th

FOOD: Vote no on flawed Initiative 522

Voters will have a chance to defeat a very flawed initiative – Initiative 522 – when we sit down to fill out our ballots this fall.

Supporters of I-522 tell us it is a simple measure to label foods made with genetically engineered ingredients. It isn’t. Voters shouldn’t be misled. Here’s what I-522’s promoters won’t tell you:

• I-522 would hurt Washington’s farmers, food producers and retailers whose cost of doing business – and our costs as consumers – would increase in order to comply with new regulations.

• I-522 would create a new state bureaucracy to regulate and police

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Aug.
30th

PUYALLUP: Ex-council member educates the public?

Re: “City Council meeting soured by email debate” (letter, 8-20).

My attention was drawn to an online comment by Nicole Hilton-Martineau, a former council member.

She began by stating that “we tried to pass rules of decorum” and continued with “Knutsen and Hansen wouldn’t support it.” She admitted that she also voted against the measure. By her attempt to place blame on John Knutsen and Rick Hansen, she ignored the fact that six of seven council members voted against defining rules of decorum for citizens comment during council meetings.

Apparently still upset over her loss of the at-large council

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Aug.
30th

POT: Time to move on against real threats

Re: “Feds won’t sue to stop state’s new pot laws” (TNT, 8-30).

President Obama, through Attorney General Eric Holder, has essentially decriminalized the use of marijuana, and this is a correct decision. Citing “limited prosecutorial resources,” Holder’s deputy James Cole explained the change in economic terms. The “War on Drugs” with respect to marijuana simply doesn’t work anymore in American society.

There are now any number of local “drug policy czars” who suggest this decision is somehow the beginning of the downfall of society. These old men are out of step with both society today and reality.

The reality

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Aug.
29th

PAY: Flipping burgers isn’t meant to be a career

I keep reading about fast-food workers wanting $15 a hour for a no-skill job, and it blows my mind. Where did we go wrong as a society?

This entitlement generation really needs to get a clue. If you want more out of life, work for it. Burger King is not a career and was never meant to be a living wage. Its a starting job to learn skills that will in turn make you more hireable for the real jobs out there.

I will not be receiving a higher wage if these protesters get their way, but I will feel

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Aug.
29th

HEALTH: Insurance exchange selection is a concern

Recently I read that state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has selected four companies to provide health plans in Washington’s Health Insurance Exchange (TNT, 8-1). I am very concerned that none of those plans has experience serving low-income members who rely on Medicaid.

As the president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, I see evidence every day of what good health care can bring to a community and its youth. This basic need is critical for children and families who are struggling. Good health care for children provides a return on the investment as

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Aug.
29th

JOBS: All work has dignity and deserves respect

On Wednesday we celebrated the anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King’s march on Washington, a wonderful recognition of the gains we have made and what we have left to do as a country. Let’s not forget that King and the civil rights movement were just as strongly committed to economic fairness for all Americans. They saw the issue as deeply tied to civil rights.

In King’s own words, “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets

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Aug.
29th

PAY: Entry-level jobs don’t merit higher pay

Protesting about paying the minimum wage in entry-level jobs makes me think people want to make a career out of such work, without focusing on what they should concentrate on: education and grades.

I think work at fast-food places should be legally treated as entry-level work, and such employment should be exempt from minimum wage laws. Entry-level positions are in fact apprentice or intern work, where work skills are learned.

If people think they are worth $15 an hour, I recommend they look at their education and grades before they demand entry-level jobs be treated as careers. Good-paying jobs require

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