Letters to the Editor

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Archives: Jan. 2014

Jan.
31st

TACOMA: Unfair picture given of union pay

Re: “City union pay, up 13; non-union, 0. How come?” (editorial, 1-27),

As a Tacoma Public Utilities union employee, I must object to the extremely biased presentation of the wage situation with the city’s unions and non-represented employees.

I do not know anyone who has received a 13 percent raise over the past five years. I can only imagine that you were given that figure because one or two unions were so grossly underpaid in the Class and Comp study that the city administration undertook that their salaries had to be raised by 20 percent or more to reach

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Jan.
31st

PAY: Tie graduation to minimum wage

We hear a lot now days about raising the minimum wage and our declining high school graduation rates. My suggestion is that we tie the two together.

Without a high school degree, a person would be ineligible for the state of Washington’s high minimum wage requirements. I suggest this for three reasons:
• A person without a high school degree is less valuable to an employer then a person with the degree. Accordingly, the employer should not have to pay as much.

• This would present a definite tangible reward to kids to remain in school. It may motivate

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Jan.
31st

SEAHAWKS: Government help isn’t the issue

Re: “NFL doesn’t need government’s help” (letter, 1-31).

It isn’t a matter of the government helping the Seahawks. It’s a little thing called pride and support.

I don’t know the writer’s brother-in-law or his business, but I doubt that he or his business have provoked the pride that most Seahawks fans have for them.

When was the last time the brother-in-law’s business had more than 65,000 people in it on any given day? And how much money has he brought to the businesses all over this state like the Seahawks do?

As far as the government rooting for the

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Jan.
31st

SCHOOLS: How many districts do we need?

Today I sat down to vote. The cover of the voters’ pamphlet told me to vote “no.”

Each school district has a superintendent. Each superintendent requires a salary and benefits, office space and utilities, equipment, supplies and staff. Each staff member requires a salary and benefits, office space and supplies, etc.

There are 13 school districts listed on the cover of the voters’ pamphlet. How many tax dollars are going to staffing these districts? Why do we have so many? Do you really believe we have “local control”? How many education dollars would be available to the classroom without so

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Jan.
31st

OBAMACARE: Public needs accurate information

I remember the firm stance taken by our insurance commissioner, Mike Kreidler, against any changes to the Affordable Care Act as originally enacted, even though President Obama gave his blessing to all insurance commissioners to do so.

Kreidler insisted that insurance companies in our state would not be allowed to reinstate canceled policies. Now Kreidler has released new information pertaining to those pesky catastrophic plans that failed to meet the ACA’s original minimum standards: “Until March 31, individuals are permitted to disenroll from coverage you have previously chosen and enroll in a different plan, including a catastrophic plan …”

Why

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Jan.
30th

WAGES: Caregivers deserve a pay raise

Re: The rally by supported living workers in Olympia on Monday for a wage increase.

As the parent of two adult sons with developmental disabilities, I value these dedicated workers who are so devoted to helping my sons have a meaningful and joyful life.

My sons benefit tremendously from the caregivers’ help with all their physical needs. They benefit even more from the positive social interaction with caregivers who have devoted themselves to knowing how to communicate with my boys, share joys and feelings, and help them work their way through difficulties.

The supported living workers have had their state

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Jan.
30th

AIRPORT: No reason to extend Narrows runway

It is no wonder the public has lost faith in its political leaders and government employees. The most recent local example is the Tacoma Narrows Airport’s proposed extension of the runway by 1,300 feet.

To obtain the permit to construct the tunnel over Stone Drive, testimony before the permit hearing examiner from the applicant, airport staff, tenants and pilots were replete with statements that the tunnel project will not authorize expansion of the airport, nor will it create a precedent for future expansion of the airport.

The permit was granted and the tunnel constructed for the sole purpose of creating

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Jan.
30th

POVERTY: We can improve life for African children

Working with as many underprivileged, under-resourced yet seemingly healthy kids as I do as an after-school program learning leader in Tacoma, I am reminded every day how grateful I am to be living in a country where all kids are able to access vaccinations, education, clean water, food and, more importantly, electricity.

Hearing screams coming from students in the after-school program when the lights are accidentally turned off makes my skin cringe. Almost immediately flashes of children in Africa attempting to learn in dark classrooms and the challenges they face because they don’t have electricity at home start happening in

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