Letters to the Editor

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Archives: 2013

Dec.
30th

ECONOMY: Business hurts if people can’t spend

Jobs are created by consumers. I am no economist, but I have never seen a company stay in business without receiving any income.

There is no way that the CEO of Boeing spends more of his $20 million-plus salary than the average Boeing worker spends of his salary. Consumers are what grow our economy. If no one can afford a plane ticket for vacation, how many planes will they sell?

Now this same company wants the community with the most skilled workers to give it a welfare check to stay. All the tax breaks – that’s welfare. Yet we can’t extend

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Dec.
27th

OBAMACARE: President deceived the American people

With the revelation that President Obama wasn’t telling the truth when he stated, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,” his approval ratings have plummeted and a majority of Americans are now questioning his honesty and credibility. I would ask, where have you people been?

In the 2008 presidential primary, then Sen. Obama smeared Hillary Clinton with so many lies she finally screamed at a press conference “Shame on you, Barack Obama!” In 2009, the president stated his stimulus package needed to pass right away because there were “shovel-ready jobs” waiting to save the economy. Those

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Dec.
26th

‘DUCK DYNASTY’: Media hypocrisy is showing

Re: “Something’s not so ducky in reality TV land” (Kathleen Parker column, 12-26).

Parker chose to denigrate “Duck Dynasty” leader Phil Robertson for his recent comments regarding homosexuals. She implied he was a hick, and his biblical quotes proved it.

I don’t remember Parker or any progressive media commentator being incensed by Andres Serrano’s “Piss Christ” photo that made the art circuit in 1987. Also, where was the liberal writers’ outrage over the mixed media “Holy Virgin Mary” created by Chris Ofili (1996), which included varnished elephant dung coupled with collaged pornographic images?

However, there were cries for our

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Dec.
26th

HOLIDAYS: Late shoppers must share the blame

Re: “Santa’s sleigh delayed” (thenewstribune.com, 12-26).

I am disturbed by the attitude that people who ordered items over the weekend, just a few days prior to Christmas, are angry that packages were not delivered in time.

We must take some of the blame. Peak season starts in November. Christmas is Dec. 25 every year!

My son works for United Parcel Service. I have seen him go to work at 11 p.m., not returning home until after a 23-hour day sorting more packages than a truck could possibly handle. And people yelled at drivers for delivering after 9 p.m. When

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Dec.
26th

NSA: Agency tracking potential terror threats

The word “spying” should be replaced with “traffic analysis.” The National Security Agency is performing traffic analysis like before the Battle of Midway during World War II.

In 1941, the military wasn’t able to decipher the Japanese messages but could read the “To,” “From” and “Copy to” lines of messages. This information was married with location information derived by multiple direction findings from Alaska to the Panama Channel. A Navy officer put these pieces of information together into a picture of the Japanese fleet structure and the various task force movements about the Pacific.

The NSA is doing the same

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Dec.
24th

TACOMA: City smart to team with Goodwill

Re: “Tacoma teams with Goodwill to battle graffiti” (TNT, 12-22)

It’s great to see that the city is taking action to clean up the blight of graffiti in our neighborhoods. Using crews from Goodwill’s Go2 Property Services is a great idea, and I know from personal experience that these workers do an absolutely excellent job.

We employed workers from Go2 last spring for yard cleanup, and they did a marvelous job. Their rates are great, they were hard-working, they showed up on time (a rarity these days), worked very efficiently and we could not have been happier with their

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Dec.
24th

MILITARY: Pension cuts wouldn’t be sensible

Re: “Military benefits cuts don’t go far enough” (TNT, 12-23).

The Washington Post editorial appears to have been written by someone who never served his/her country in the military for 20 or more years of active duty.

Benefits that are awarded to military personal are based on the country’s need to obtain and maintain an active-duty military force and to maintain experienced military personal for future conflicts. Reducing earned military benefits and entitlements by those who served 20 or more years of active duty, in my opinion, is not what I would considered sensible, especially since those in political

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Dec.
23rd

BUDGET: Rein in spending – or else

Twenty years ago, America’s national debt was a little more than $4 trillion. Now it is $17 trillion, and by the year 2020 the interest on the debt will probably be $1 trillion a year.

The root of the problem lies in the fact that Congress simply cannot or will not control the runaway spending that has put us in this position, and the only logical solution is a balanced budget amendment.

If such an amendment were adopted today, in 20 years what we owe now would seem small by comparison, and I believe Americans would approve of a small

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