Letters to the Editor

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Archives: 2014

Sep.
19th

OBAMA: President shows cowardly leadership

America may not be at war with the Muslim world, but elements of of the Muslim world are clearly at war with us, and the fact that this once-great nation has become so cowardly under the presidency of Barack Obama makes me wonder about why he has been so reluctant to take serious action to destroy the jihadist fiends who are hell-bent on destroying our very way of life.

Early on in his presidency he traveled to the Middle East to apologize to the people there for what he deemed to be America’s past mistreatment of them, but he didn’t

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Sep.
19th

ABUSE: Where’s equity for erring politicians?

With the recent issues of domestic violence, drug use, DUIs, child abuse, arrests, etc., in the NFL, our politicians have voiced outrage over how the NFL is handling this and are demanding changes. I agree, but with one additional demand.

Whatever changes are made for suspension length, penalties or total banning from the NFL, these same rules should apply to our politicians.

It is always funny how when a politician is arrested for drug use, charged with domestic violence, arrested for DUI, etc., that the party of the accused politicians says “It is a personal issue that does not affect

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Sep.
19th

TNT: Free speech is widely misunderstood

Re: “Krauthammer critics would squelch free speech” (letter, 9-19).

The writer defends columnist Charles Krauthammer against his critics., claiming they are infringing on Krauthammer’s constitutional right to free speech. In so doing, the writer reveals an all too common misunderstanding of free speech.

The United States Constitution prevents only the government from restricting the people’s right to speak freely. The Constitution does not require that other people have to listen to you.

For instance: No newspaper is required to print anything stated by anybody; but that doesn’t stop anyone from speaking.

No business, organization, corporation or even a governmental employer

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Sep.
19th

ELECTION: Keep Flemming on Pierce County Council

As president of the Key Peninsula Civic Center Association, I would like to reiterate our support for Stan Flemming as our Pierce County Council District 7 representative.

I am a longtime Democrat but have always voted for the person I felt was the better candidate, and in this case it is Flemming.

He has done a stellar job, not only supporting the Key Peninsula, but also the Gig Harbor Peninsula and the North and West District 7 area of Tacoma. Contrary to what is said, he has provided a balanced budget that has remained flat for the last four years.

Flemming is

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Sep.
18th

FOOD: Farmers markets criticism was undeserved

Re: “Growing assumptions” (TNT, 9-17).

The article on local food quoted a farmer who I’m sure is a nice man who works hard. But since he sells his cabbages in bulk to large retailers as far away as Russia, I suspect he’s not the best judge of the safety of small farmers who sell their food in local farmers markets.

Tim Richter suggests that these markets are “more dangerous sources of food,” and “anybody can go plant stuff in their backyard.”

Are you kidding me? Every week I go to farmers markets in Tacoma and enjoy fresh, local, delicious

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Sep.
18th

ORCAS: Captivity cruel at Sea World

Orcas are the largest marine mammals in captivity. These beautiful animals don’t deserve to be imprisoned, as they are at Sea World. Sea World’s decision to build larger prisons for the animals is a Band-Aid for their suffering – it’s just bigger bathtubs.

Its decision to build bigger bathtubs by 2018 is driven by the decline of revenues after repeated airings of the documentary “Blackfish.” Meanwhile these captive animals continue to live in the same terrible conditions. They need to be in a safe environment where they can roam freely and live out their lives in peace.

Various articles have

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Sep.
18th

POLITICS: Congress deserves to be sued, too

So the Republican House of Representatives has voted to authorize Speaker John Boehner to sue President Barack Obama. It’s about time, given the way the president runs roughshod over the Constitution and the law.

Now we, as voters, need to take the next step and sue Congress.

The Constitution clearly defends the fundamental principles of “equality before the law” and “one man, one vote.” The seniority-based power structure of Congress defies these principles and in doing so promotes party politics, concentrates arbitrary authority in a few and makes votes in one state much more meaningful than another.

A vote in Sen.

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Sep.
18th

TNT: Krauthammer’s views provide balance

Recent letter writers have urged The News Tribune to stop printing Charles Krauthammer’s column, citing it as divisive and too strident.

Krauthammer’s views provide the necessary balance to the likes of Eugene Robinson and Leonard Pitts Jr., who peddle the liberal media agenda. Newspapers not willing to provide balanced coverage of all events soon find themselves desperate for readers.

Krauthammer irks liberal readers because he challenges them to think outside of their boxes and comfort zones. Leave us not forget that he began as a liberal writer and eventually grew into his conservatism. Perhaps the disenchanted are afraid they, too,

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