Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

Archives: April 2014

April
30th

EDUCATION: Who’s really being spineless?

I cannot express how disappointed I was with The News Tribune’s editorial (4-27) calling our state lawmakers spineless for not followed the bidding of Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

But then I remember back four years when that same News Tribune editorial board backed the district over the teachers during our strike, and I remember all the editorials I have read since, and I realized that this newspaper, at least in modern times, has never backed the teachers. It has backed the school district, and I am grateful for the support given for passing levies because that money is imperative

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April
30th

TACOMA: Let people vote on charter changes

Re: “Charter review deck stacked” (letter, 4-30).

The writer berated the 2014 Charter Review Committee in an uninformed and personal way.

I am a member of the committee of 15 citizens who attended more than 60 meetings, addressing issues of city government at the request of the City Council.

Early in the game, a News Tribune editorial (2-11) claimed the committee was handpicked to help put Tacoma Public Utilities under the control of the City Council and to adopt a “strong” mayor form of government. The committee recommended neither.

There was little sentiment to put TPU under the

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April
30th

CYCLING: We all need to focus on safety

Re: National Bike Month

Public safety reminders enhance pedestrian and bicycle safety. Bicyclists should ride cautiously, wear proper gear, be visible and obey the rules of the road. Motorized vehicle traffic violations, speeding, improper lane usage, inattentive driving, cellular phones, texting while driving and failing to yield legal right of way remain issues.

Bicyclists and pedestrians find comfort in well-marked paths or roadway shoulders. Sub-optimally maintained, the lanes are intended to have marking for safe use. Some drivers cross into the right-of-way of bike path use, obliterating much of the fog line paint. Many drivers are unaware that the width

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April
30th

TNT: What about letter writer’s intolerance?

Re: “Don’t give coverage to bigotry” (letter, 4-30).

Does the writer really want The News Tribune to follow the advice in the headline? If
that were the policy, the newspaper would not have allowed him the same privilege of freedom of speech that Roy Moore rightfully enjoyed.

The impassioned, intolerant language used by the writer begs this question: Is he any less a “messenger of hate and bigotry” than he labeled the judge to be? Please, let’s be civilized and stop this one-sided view of tolerance, graciously allowing equal expression of all views.

April
30th

RELIGION: Officials shouldn’t attend prayer breakfast

Re: “Justice brings his views of God and law to Tacoma” (TNT, 4-29).

Ray Moore of Alabama was expelled from his judicial position for violating judicial ethics by a review panel of his superiors for theatrically claiming that his particular religious beliefs trumped the Constitution of the United States, which as a judge he swore to uphold.

That he used his notoriety to get elected to his state’s supreme court does not excuse his attempt to abuse the concept of separation of church and state that is the bedrock of a true democracy.

For elected officials of any capacity

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April
29th

CLIMATE: We need a carbon tax

A young man recently told me that he now accepted the fact of anthropogenic climate change because of the latest United Nations report warning of the disastrous effects of global warming. This gives me some hope; it is critical that we create the political will to take action.

Big money is doing all it can to stop action. The Union of Concerned Scientists has a slide show showing how special interests are funding a disinformation campaign using front groups like the Heritage Foundation, Americans for Prosperity and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

It is not surprising. Our economy is

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April
29th

RELIGION: Don’t give coverage to bigotry

Re: “Justice brings his views of God and law to Tacoma” (TNT, 4-29).

The Pierce County Prayer Breakfast speaker, Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court, brings harsh and judgmental speech against the GLBT community in the U.S. He proudly and loudly condemns gays and same-sex marriage as being rejected by God and being against biblical teachings.

In his autobiography, Moore proudly speaks of the lessons his father taught him which included lessons “about honesty, integrity, perversion, and never to be ashamed of who you are or what you believe in, unless you are homosexual.”

I wonder, would the

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April
29th

OBAMA: Opposition has nothing to do with race

Re: “Will future presidents be as disrespected as this one?” (letter, 4-28).

The writer stated that we who do not support Barack Obama have not done so because he is black. That totally ridiculous argument is so far from reality, I am surprised that The News Tribune even prints it anymore.

People support those who have great visions and great accomplishments, and those who can be trusted. If Obama had any of those qualifications, people like me would support him, but he doesn’t. It has nothing to do with the color of his skin.

To prove my point, I

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