Letters to the Editor

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Archives: Sep. 2013

Sep.
30th

HEALTH CARE: Repeal Obamacare

The president said I could keep my health care plan. That was a lie. I was just informed by Regence that my plan will not be available as of Jan. 1 when Obamacare takes effect.

Everyone keeps trying to say that Obamacare is a good thing. But if you are close to the age of 60 you no longer can afford health care.

I retired this year, and my employer did not offer retiree health care. I found a Regence plan that is perfect for me. I pay $390 per month for the plan. It covers all the preventive tests

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Sep.
30th

TACOMA: Thoms impresses with constituent service

As both a Tacoma resident and landlord, I end up interacting with city government – for better or worse – fairly often. I know that it often takes a lot of nudging to get things done. That’s why I was so stunned with the effectiveness of my city councilman, Robert Thoms.

I met Thoms on Labor Day weekend when I was facing difficulties coordinating with the city to get a hedge around my rental trimmed. Thoms promised he’d look into it, and sure enough, I was soon  contacted by the city to set up a date.

I’m impressed by Thoms’

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Sep.
30th

SHUTDOWN: Congress and staff should have to feel the pain, too

If this minority of right-wing extremists in Congress wants to shut down the federal government and send thousands of Americans home without pay, let them put their money where their mouth is.

Congress should work for no pay (like the federal employees who do stay on the job). And congressional staff should get furloughed: no work and no pay, like the rest of us sent home.

If those were the rules of shutdown, there would never be one.

Sep.
30th

PUYALLUP: Elect Hopkins, Hastings and McNutt

On Nov. 5, Puyallup citizens will have the opportunity to elect three new members to the City Council. Since I live in District I, I will be voting to re-elect John Hopkins for and helping Steve Hastings and Chris McNutt with their efforts to win seats in District II and District III. And here’s why.

I’ve been following the council meetings and member voting intensely since 2005. I’ve witnessed the good, bad and ugly. But for me the most important issue has always been how each member votes on each issue.

During Hopkins’ last two years on the council, he

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Sep.
30th

SHUTDOWN: Democrats using same old playbook

Many remember the government shutdown of 1995-96 when a showdown between the majority Republicans and the Clinton administration shut down the government for 28 days. They portrayed the speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, as a crybaby because Clinton made him sit at the back of the plane.

Thankfully, compromise did come – a balanced budget over seven years, tax cuts and changes in mandatory spending programs such as Medicare. It worked to Clinton’s advantage.

Today we face another shutdown where President Obama wants no compromise. The Democrats are using the same playbook they used against Newt Gingrich including the

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Sep.
30th

GOP: Republicans ‘giddy’ over looming disaster

The News Tribune’s front-page headline (9-27), “Parties use health care to threaten shutdown,” suggests that Democrats and Republicans are equally to blame. Correction: Only the Republicans are refusing to pay our bills.

The last time Republicans held the government hostage, they cost us billions of dollars by lowering government credit-worthiness and eliminated millions of jobs through sequestration.

Now they demand abandoning health insurance for all before they will pass a temporary budget. And they may refuse to follow their constitutional obligation to fund the national debt if they don’t get their way on many ill-considered proposals. Their actions threaten

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Sep.
27th

CANCER: Congress and individuals can take action

As a volunteer cancer advocate, I know that public policy can be a vital tool in the fight against cancer. I have been working with other Washington state residents touched by cancer to educate elected officials about how their decisions can help prevent and fight the disease.

Earlier this month, I traveled to Washington, D.C., to represent the voice of cancer survivors and patients in the 8th Congressional District.

When I met with U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert’s legislative assistant, I thanked her for the congressman’s support of research funding through the National Institute of Health, and we discussed how critical

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Sep.
27th

POT: We’re creating a cannabis casbah

Washington state, by voter decree, accompanied by a federal Department of Justice wink and a nod will soon become a cannabis casbah. The banks will accept hash cash, the tokers will only limit themselves to an average of one joint every three days, and this action will take place in the basement, behind the stairs I imagine.

Because not only is secondhand smoke bad for the children’s health, but it would also be illegal. But maybe the wiser parents will opt for whatever new government-approved method of dispensing cannabis the market place brings about.

And it’s all ours; the law

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