Letters to the Editor

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Archives: Sep. 2013

Sep.
27th

OBAMA: Affirmative action in action

Barack Obama was elected because of “white guilt.”

Although I agree with that, Geraldine Ferraro, the Democratic vice-presidential candidate in 1984, is the one who said it not too long before she passed away.

As of today, Obama’s approval rating stands at an embarrassingly low 43 percent and is only that high because of the extreme loyalty of the great majority of black and Hispanic voters, hard-core white Democrats who automatically vote the party line, and political correctness run amok that brands those who opposes his agenda as racists.

When it comes to foreign affairs – like bringing the terrorists

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Sep.
27th

COAL: Mines have created environmental degradation

Re: “Better to mine (coal) here than abroad” (letter, 9-26).

The letter writer argues that we should export U.S. coal for Asian countries to burn because our mining industry does a better job of protecting our environment. Really?

I guess he’s never heard of mountaintop removal in West Virginia. Nearly a million acres of Appalachia’s forested mountains have been blown up so industry can extract coal.

The rocky remains have been bulldozed into the valleys below, burying thousands of miles of streams and contaminating downstream rivers and drinking water for residents. Reclamation has involved spraying non-native grass seed on

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Sep.
27th

ASARCO: TNT’s broken record

Re: “New trail? Nice. Fewer cleanups? Less so” (Peter Callaghan column, 9-24).

How long can this charade go on? Workers at plant raised chickens, had vegetable gardens on the smelter site. Knew many who lived into their eighties, nineties and one to 102.

Grandfather moved to Swansea (now Ruston) around 1900 and helped to build the stack. In those days residents grew, raised all their own food. They did buy animal feed.
Father born in Ruston 1906 lived there his whole life. He lived 90 years and four months.

I was born in Ruston 1934. I grew up

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Sep.
27th

PUYALLUP: Too many problems with school district website

I have been attempting to use the Puyallup School District website for more than three years now and have found the system very frustrating, and I wonder if others feel the same.

As I am writing this, the entire website is down and the IT department doesn’t answer the phone. However, many of the administrators I have spoken to cheerfully admit that site outages are a regular occurrence. Am I the only one who finds this unacceptable?

Also, why can’t they seem to get account management correct? Banks, Amazon, PayPal, eBay and many other sites have solved this problem. Why

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Sep.
27th

SICK DAYS: Progress begins at the local level

It’s no surprise that The News Tribune editorial board came out against paid sick leave (editorial, 9-27). After all, the board routinely sides with the view that the business of government is business. The surprise is that the board’s arguments are so weak.

City government shouldn’t create standards to keep sick workers out of restaurants? Or keep employers from being able to threaten employees with a sick kid at school that if they go for their child, that they will be fired? Or that a minimum wage worker is in the same position because they can’t miss a paycheck?

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Sep.
27th

TACOMA: City wastes money on Cheney Stadium lot

Re: “New Cheney lot will allow water to drain” (TNT, 9-26).

Retailers will be flocking to the new, improved Cheney Stadium parking lot to open shop, as that will be the only city-owned smooth pavement in Tacoma to drive on.

Don’t worry if your automobile is leaking fluids; the new pavement will filter it. As a bonus, the grass there will be fed chemical fertilizers that will leach under the pavement, not through it, and run off to the water and kill the fish.

The roads of Tacoma already have this fine feature of filtration; it’s called potholes. Why

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Sep.
27th

TACOMA: Get on board and ban plastic bags

With Thurston County’s and Tumwater’s recent approvals of a plastic bag ban, the number of communities in our area that have started to recognize the environmental dangers of these unnecessary items continues to grow.

Mukilteo, Issaquah, Port Townsend, Edmonds, Seattle and Bellingham have all taken a stand on this issue and have made the decision to get rid of plastic grocery bags within their borders. The Olympia City Council will be considering the issue as well.

Bags are recycled at a rate of less than 5 percent nationwide. It costs more to recycle them than it is worth, which means

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Sep.
27th

HEALTH CARE: Does Kilmer support special perk?

Even though Derek Kilmer was a state senator when Obamacare became law, voters in the 6th Congressional District should know that he voted against the continuing resolution that would defund it.

The only way to view his vote is this: Congressman Kilmer wants you and your family to get your medical care through the federal government. He may speak differently, but this action speaks the truth.

Two out of three Americans do not want the oppressive federal bureaucracy this terrible legislation puts between us and our health. And now I know Kilmer doesn’t want it either.

Some months ago, President

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