Letters to the Editor

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Archives: Oct. 2013

Oct.
31st

OBAMA: Proof he lied about health insurance

There is now conclusive proof that President Obama intentionally lied when he stated publicly, dozens of times, that “if you like your health insurance plan or your doctor, you can keep them, period.”

My proof is that he will not make such a statement again. Everyone, including his media allies, knows the statements were false to protect his re-election – the worst, unforgiveable sin of every politician.

Oct.
31st

BUDGET: End worst abuses of offshore tax havens

Re: “Budget battles will resume soon at a Congress near you” (TNT, 10-31).

The article reports that another budget battle is coming in Congress. I’m still a little shell-shocked from the first one. Who would think that the United States of America would come so close to a self-inflicted financial calamity?

When the two sides go back to the bargaining table, let’s hope they have their thinking caps on. So far all the talk has been about slashing spending – the automatic, across-the-board cuts known as the “sequester,” or even cuts to Medicare and Social Security. But while lawmakers

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Oct.
31st

PUYALLUP: Do we want a ‘team’ backed by Chicago Realtors?

I was surprised when I saw the endorsement of a “team” running for the Puyallup City Council: John Hopkins, Steve Hastings and Chris McNutt. I was also concerned that it was an endorsement by Realtors out of Chicago. We know that happens in big races, but this is Puyallup!

Then I read the editorial, “Breaking the secret codes of candidate endorsements” (TNT, 10-28), which stated that candidates endorsed by Construction and real estate interests “may support relaxing land use plans and other regulations that restrict sprawl (which then forces the public to pay fortunes for extra roads and other infrastructure)

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Oct.
31st

ELECTION: Lantz misstates Angel’s vote on gun bill

Re: “Angel favors guns over DV victims” (letter, 10-29).

It’s appropriate to deny violent offenders possession of a gun. The claim, however, made by former state Rep. Pat Lantz, that HB 1840 is “common sense legislation,” is far from accurate.

The problem with this bill is that it goes way too far in denying people their constitutional rights. People who have committed no crime would be subject to felony possession charges if they didn’t surrender their guns. This could be caused by an order of protection, or restraining order, which can be granted without any proof of a crime

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Oct.
31st

AID: Cooperation, not entitlement

No one is entitled to anything but life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Not even happiness, just the right to pursue it. We get the rest out of life by putting something into it.

Anyone who expects free food, free shelter or free health care needs to evolve. If we don’t put energy into a living thermodynamic system, but only take energy out, we get the biological definition of death. So the mere redistribution of wealth, without creating new wealth, is just fiscal entropy, resulting in economic heat-death.

We need to move from an “entitlement” society to a “cooperative”

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Oct.
31st

I-522: Don’t support government expansion

I decided to vote against Initiative 522.

While I am sure the supporters of the initiative have the best of intentions in mind, I am worried about the unintended consequences.

I-522 will mean yet another expansion of government with the hiring of new bureaucrats to administer and enforce the new law. That means more people receiving government pay and benefits at the expense of the private sector.

The private sector produces all of the wealth of a society. Government cannot produce wealth; it can only re-distribute it. With the passage of I-522, we will again be taking wealth out of

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Oct.
31st

HEALTH CARE: Thanks, but no thanks

Gov. Jay Inslee, Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, and Congressman Adam Smith all have several things in common. One glaring commonality is that all have health care plans for themselves, their families, and their staffs outside of the Affordable Care Act they all voted for and ardently support.

All followed the lead of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, who famously said, “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find what’s in it . . .” Now, three years later, we have an inkling of “what’s in it.”

Are you about to lose your current health care plan?

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Oct.
30th

FIRCEST: Medley will bring fresh perspective

We had the opportunity recently to speak with Jason Medley, a very energetic and conscientious candidate for Fircrest City Council. We talked at length about his priorities and vision for the city: keeping the sewer project moving forward in a financially sound manner, the flooding issue behind Whittier school, the maintenance of our parks and the importance of our police department.

Medley told us that his motivation for running for council was that he grew up in Fircrest and wants to give back to the city as well as preserve the quality of the city for his children and the

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