Letters to the Editor

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Archives: Feb. 2014

Feb.
28th

OBAMA: It’s OK to help just minority males?

Re: “Obama aims initiative at young minority men” (TNT, 2-28).

Our president just announced a new, well-intended program to address the needs of “young men of color.” What if a white president did the same for the exclusive benefit of white young men? Is it common sense to ignore the fact that all our youth – boys and girls – need and deserve this same type of attention?

The movie “Son of God” has just being released with the advice that it is not suitable for children 13 and under. Is it common sense to shelter our youth from

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Feb.
27th

ARIZONA: They were for it before they were against it

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer did the right thing with her veto of anti-gay discrimination legislation. But the fact remains that similar legislation is moving forward in other states, as well. We’re looking at you Kansas, Mississippi, Georgia, Oklahoma, Ohio. Take heed.

Some Arizona legislators who voted for the measure allowing public business owners to use their private religious beliefs to discriminate against gay customers had second thoughts. And not because of any new insight into the law of the land. Belatedly, the lawmakers realized major economic repercussions could ensue if the governor signed the measure into law – not the

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Feb.
27th

WILDERNESS: Build on legacy of preservation

I’m grateful to U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer and Sen. Patty Murray for introducing the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act into Congress.

My wife and I have long admired the wild lands of the Olympic. In 1990 we retraced the steps of the Seattle Press exploring party which traveled up the Elwha River to the Low Divide and down the Quinault River in midwinter 100 years before. We have climbed many of the Olympic Mountains, and often visit the wilderness beaches that extend along the coast from Tatoosh to the Hoh River.

Preserving wilderness in the area

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Feb.
27th

TAXES: Home costs are out of control here

My wife and I retired 10 years ago and moved to Florida. We bought a nice house with a pool, and life was good. Then early last year we decided to move back to the Tacoma area – too many missed birthdays and holidays with our daughters and grandkids.

We have been looking at condos in Lakewood and University Place. We really liked one in UP until we saw the property taxes and homeowners association fees – just shy of $9,000 a year. Add on insurance and utilities and you are talking about $1,200 a month just for the privilege

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Feb.
27th

PAY: We can’t ignore the global economy

According to the World Bank, more than half the people on Earth live on less than $10 a day. More astonishingly, nutritious, high-quality food costs about the same throughout the world as it does here. Eating well regularly is the daily struggle for most people. Billions of workers would be thrilled to make $10 an hour.

Obviously, the U.S. can’t open its borders and let in these incredibly low-wage workers. We make it very difficult to immigrate here for educated people with no financial assets. Understood.

However, U.S. and foreign-based businesses and corporations can and do hire these $10-a-day workers

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Feb.
27th

MEDIA: Depends on whose ox is being gored, doesn’t it?

Re: “Government shouldn’t monitor media” (Off the wire, 2-26).

This Walla Walla Union-Bulletin editorial is outraged, as it should be, at the mere suggestion that the federal government might monitor how media outlets gather news – First Amendment and all of that.

Isn’t it revealing, however, how the sphinxlike liberal media utters not a word about the bull in the china shop that is the Obama administration? I guess it depends on whose ox is being gored. In the meantime, the Obama administration gores its way through 25 rules of law, including religious freedom, separation of powers and much of

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Feb.
26th

HUNGER: Need rises, but funding’s still the same

My heartfelt thanks to the members of the Washington Senate and House for recognizing the importance food banks have in combating hunger in Washington. While they have included funds for the Emergency Food Assistance Program in previous budgets, the amount has not increased since 2008. During that same time the need in Pierce County has grown 69 percent.

The additional funding in the 2014 budget will provide food banks money they desperately need, and the ability to use it in ways that make sense for them. While this additional funding will not solve the problem of hunger, it takes an

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Feb.
26th

UGANDA: Voice concern about anti-gay policies

Last month an overflow crowd viewed “God Loves Uganda” at the Tacoma Grand Cinema.The film is about American missionaries who support the criminalization of homosexuality in Uganda.

After the viewing I led a discussion. Attendees wanted to know how they could express concern. The issues in the film came home Monday when President Yoweri Musevini of Uganda signed a law imposing harsh sentences, including life imprisonment, for homosexual acts, joining a list of nations where homosexuality is criminalized. In 10 of those nations, homosexuality can be punishable by death.

There is division within the Christian community in Tacoma on the

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