Letters to the Editor

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Archives: 2014

Dec.
31st

NFL: McGrath missed the point about Suh

Re: “NFL gives Suh pass to dole out cheap shots” (John McGrath column, 12-31).

I agree with everything McGrath wrote, however, it seems his real issue is how Ndamukong Suh’s actions affect the Seahawks’ playoff run, not Suh’s thug on-field behavior and the NFL’s lack of concern regarding it.

A “12” since 1976, I want the Hawks’ best playoff road to a repeat Super Bowl, but this can’t overshadow the disgraceful actions of a 6-foot-4, 305-pound man who gets away with abuse that would land most in the Pierce County Jail!

McGrath points out Suh’s off-field contributions and charitable deeds within his community

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Dec.
30th

MILITARY: Return nation to strength with GOP

With the conclusion of President Obama’s sixth year in office, one can safely say he has been one of our nation’s worst commanders in chief. Why?

The president is a left-wing, antiwar liberal who never served in the military. He is utterly clueless about our military culture, war fighting or strategy.

His half-baked war against the Islamic State is a perfect example. After pulling out of Iraq prematurely and against military advice, he went back based on opinion polls and lacking any Middle East strategy.

It has been just as bad in Afghanistan where he told the enemy when we would

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Dec.
30th

SEAHAWKS: Football now a rich person’s game

Re: “Scramble today for Seahawks tickets” (TNT, 12-30).

The article about the Seahawks playoff game scheduled for Jan. 10 mentioned that season-ticket holders get first shot at tickets, which I understand, and 98 percent of them reserved tickets. Good for them and their support. Everyone else had a shot at tickets starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday through Ticketmaster.

My wife I sat down with our global clock, which is accurate to the second, had the number already in the phone so that all we had to do was hit dial and guess what happened at the tick to 10 a.m.? Busy signal.

Thirty seconds later we got through

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Dec.
29th

PRISON: There’s value in Correctional Industries

It is unfortunate that The News tribune chose to reprint two stories (12-28) from the Seattle Times regarding Correctional Industries (CI) without first contacting anyone involved with this valuable program. The Times’ stories, in my opinion, are both slanted and lacking a complete description of the program.

The mission of CI is to provide inmates with positive experiences during their incarceration. They are not compelled to participate. In fact, they must apply for the jobs and can be removed from the program if they do not participate in a positive manner.

CI

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Dec.
29th

POLICE: Writer mangles facts about injustice

Re: “Injustice is a festering wound” (letter, 12-28).

The letter writer attempted to link similarities of recent incidents involving the police to the American Revolution, highlighting three events beginning with the Boston massacre in 1770 and ending with the first skirmish of the revolution at Lexington and Concord. The facts simply don’t support the opinion.

The Boston Massacre was the result of a protest over an unpaid bill incurred by a British officer. After firing into a crowd of protesters, 13 were arrested and charged. Future president and patriot John Adams provided a defense which resulted in the conviction of

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Dec.
29th

TRAFFIC: Speed limit less important than going with the flow

On the subject of speed limits (TNT, 12-29), I was recently returning from Westport after digging razor clams when I was stopped by a State Patrol officer. I was going 57 mph in a 50 mph zone and was impeding traffic.

The officer did not ticket me, but explained that anytime one is going with the traffic flow, regardless of the posted limit signs, they are traveling at the correct speed. He also said that many accidents are caused by traffic impediment because it creates such frustration in the other drivers.

I now keep up with the flow instead of

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Dec.
29th

US: Deism guided founders, not Christianity

Re: “Both sides have a responsibility” (letter, 12-28).

The writer closes an otherwise interesting letter by suggesting that our laws were established by men “who based their principles on their Judeo-Christian beliefs.”

Our country may have been sought out for the prospect of religious freedom, but it was not founded on Christian beliefs. In 1797, President John Adams presented the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the United States and the Bey and Subjects of Tripoli and Barbary to Congress. In it, Article 11 posited that “the government of the United States is not, in any sense founded in Christian

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Dec.
29th

POLICE: Writer falsely criticizes Fox News

Re: “Injustice is a festering wound” (letter, 12-28).

The letter writer prefaces his comments by asserting that Fox News had blamed the murders of two New York City cops on “anyone who demonstrated against the failure of the court system” with regard to police prosecutions.

Any objective person would know that Fox News, as an entity, certainly did not blame anything on anyone. I take with a grain of salt any comment from anybody who doesn’t know the difference between hard news and opinion. I hardly think that The News Tribune would be willing to assume responsibility for every column appearing in

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