Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

Archives: Nov. 2013

Nov.
29th

UPLACE: Flat car tab fee unfair to less wealthy

Re: “UP ready to pull trigger on $20 car tab fee” (TNT, 11-29).

A million dollars a year is available to maintain roads in a city of 30,000, and we cannot figure out how to get it done? If the same effort was spent on solutions as was spent of how to raise more revenue, just maybe we would get logical answers.

Oh, and if revenue issues and open discussions were done before elections rather than just after elections, maybe election results would be different, too.

A $20 flat tab fee? How unfair is that? Not all of us

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Nov.
29th

CHILDREN: Early learning is also crime prevention

As a law enforcement leader, it is my opinion that early education is one of the most important investments we can make.

Through the Strong Start for America’s Children Act, sponsored by Sen. Patty Murray and a bipartisan delegation in the House, we have a chance to see quality preschool become accessible to all of our nation’s children.

As Murray wrote in her Viewpoint (TNT, 11-14), the “gap between children who start school ready to succeed and those who don’t has serious implications for our country’s future.” I agree. Helping all kids get the right start in life will

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Nov.
29th

ELECTIONS: We need to get big money out of politics

Re “How to get our voices – and our dream – back” (letter, 11-25).

The word “mandatory” leaped out at me in this letter. It’s a challenging word when we rugged individualist Washington voters talk politics, but as the writer points out, it is sometimes necessary to make something happen.

Taxes for schools, roads, police, parks etc. – these we accept as mandatory. Shouldn’t “mandatory” apply to the perhaps more basic public concern: maintaining a fair electoral system to make these good things happen? I believe it should.

There is an organization in Washington state that is geared to

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Nov.
29th

OBAMA: Some suggestions for presidential visits

The president recently visited Seattle primarily for fundraisers and rallies. SeaTac flights were interrupted. Freeways closed in all directions. Our traffic became a nightmare when it is normally only a bad dream. The monorail was interrupted.

Of course, the president is welcome to join us any time, but while reasonable security is required, we all realize that the Secret Service cannot fully protect him from an industrious kook or group wanting to do harm. So here are some suggestions:

• Land and park Air Force One at the secure Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

• Any of our military bases would be

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Nov.
29th

ZOOLIGHTS: Tram could make event more accessible

Why does Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium not have trams (like Northwest Trek) to take small children, older people and those who can’t walk around to see the Zoolights?

I am 87 years old and unable to walk any distance, so I miss seeing the lights. Every year I hope to hear that the zoo has found a way of transporting people around the park.

Nov.
27th

RAINIER: Park policy will limit winter access

New Mount Rainier National Park policy will have a substantial impact on winter recreational opportunities.

This year, the road between Longmire and Paradise will not open until 9 a.m. – even in optimum conditions. The gate will be locked each evening at 5 p.m. In past years on a morning with no new snowfall the diligent road crew would often have the road ready to go and the gate open by 6 or 7 a.m.

I hike and snowshoe extensively every winter and can tell you the early morning hours at Paradise are phenomenal. The Camp Muir route is very

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Nov.
27th

BOEING: Profit motive fuels corporate greed

Re: “Union members fail to face new realities” (letter, 11-2).

The writer suggests Boeing workers made a mistake by not accepting the offered contact. Boeing’s objective was very clear. It set up a refusal by offering a very weak and regressive contract. In other words, Boeing planned its own escape route.

The writer says the profits of Boeing or any other company are “old news.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Profit is the fuel of corporate greed, and it is ongoing every minute of every day.

Furthermore, it’s the force behind this buffoonish contract. Why, in this

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Nov.
27th

IRAN: Leaders no more insane than any others

Re: “Keep illusions out of any deal with Iran” (editorial, 11-27).

This editorial is beyond presumptuous, a blend of pop punditry with no deep or accurate knowledge of the country, its contemporary history or its leaders. How dare the writers blithely tell us about the attitudes of the mullahs toward the United States? I seriously doubt that they have indulged in any profound research or academic study on these extraordinarily complicated subjects.

Since the end of World War II, the United States has co-existed with many dangerous and nuclear-armed enemies: the Soviet Union, China, North Korea, our so-called ally

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