Letters to the Editor

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Archives: Dec. 2013

Dec.
31st

DEMOCRATS: Don’t be fooled by liberals’ words

It is at this point in liberal economic management when they screw up everything. There is very little economic growth. The lower- and middle-class folks begin to suffer. Liberal leaders now start to blame the self-made economic problems on disparity of income and wealth. This is right from their playbook. Castro, Mao, Ortega, Lenin, etc., all did it.

Let’s not be fooled by the liberal words. Our society is now information- and knowledge-based. At one time we were rewarded for hard manual work. We are now rewarded to invent, improve and expand. Democrats all know this. This is why they

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Dec.
31st

MENTAL HEALTH: Time legislators made reforms

Re: “By reason of insanity (TNT, 12-29).

It’s time for state legislators to reform the archaic and convoluted system for confining the violent mentally ill.

Laws must be revised to allow involuntary confinement and to expedite the trial process. If a defendant is unable to understand the charges against him or is incapable of appearing in court, the judge should assign a representative or guardian to act as his or her proxy.

In addition, the so-called “insanity defense” should be abolished. Assuming the charges are upheld, the verdict should be “guilty but mentally ill,” and the defendant should serve

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Dec.
30th

TACOMA: Unions, politicians have cozy relationship

If you haven’t heard the term “Labor-Electoral Complex” yet, you have certainly heard of all of the local governments across the United States that have filed for bankruptcy as a result. Simply put, it is the cozy relationship between public unions and local politicians coined by New York City’s departing mayor, Michael Bloomberg. Is Tacoma next?

Public unions endorse and fund campaigns of politicians who, in turn, reward those public unions with higher pay and pension benefits. Tacoma can’t afford to fix its roads and fund other key infrastructures in order to lure new business if a large share of

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Dec.
30th

CYCLISTS: Don’t train on the Foothills Trail

My congratulations to Conor Collins for the success during 2013 in his competition bicycle racing (TNT, 12-29). I’m certain he and his parents are proud of his effort, as they should be.

However, I’m one of those people who thinks he and other racing enthusiasts should find an alternate location for practicing.

I’ve watched a team of racers, all decked out in their gear, cruise by an elderly gentleman just out for a walk. They nearly knocked him down, and none of them slowed down one iota. They apparently thought they were in a European Tour team time trials,

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Dec.
30th

SANDY HOOK: Insanity precludes a motive

Re: “Police release Sandy Hook report” (TNT, 12-28).

So this, then, is the final account concerning one of the nation’s most “wrenching massacres.” The authorities tried doggedly to find a motive for the mass murder of 26 innocent souls, but were unable to do so.

When someone is undeniably insane, there most likely is no logical, predictable motive, right?
One just has to hope that person can’t easily lay hands on a murderous weapon.

Dec.
30th

MENTAL HEALTH: No return to bad old days

Re: “By reason of insanity (TNT, 12-29).

Issues are raised when arguments suggest mentally ill people should be institutionalized. The medical field uses science to determine whether a person has a disorder or disability. However, a criminal argument wants the medical science to say the person is inherently dangerous to society when medical information and need do not support such claim.

Should family members or the state decide if a person needs certain medical treatment or institutionalization where the medical data is not sufficient? For children, I feel this is necessary but don’t think it always is appropriate for

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Dec.
30th

MENTAL HEALTH: Battle between rights, safety

Re: “By reason of insanity (TNT, 12-29).

Liberal and conservative legislators across the county in the late 1960s and early ’70s made a pact with the devil. It was deceptively called “mental health reform.”

The liberals anguished over advocates’ claims that the mentally ill were merely warehoused – not treated. The conservatives, as usual, wanted to cut taxes and spending and do treatment on the cheap.

Both sides won. Mental hospitals were shuttered; the mentally ill were given a pocket of pills and sometimes a bus ticket out of town. They could treat themselves, and the ACLU went to

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