Letters to the Editor

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Archives: June 2014

June
30th

LITTER: We’re awash in roadside trash

I may be just getting old, but my generation didn’t think it appropriate to just toss our litter on the ground. As a case of civic pride, it may be time to reinstitute an anti-littering campaign to a new generation that seems to need a nudge. Good leaders show good example, and we could use some of that.

In my younger day we had glass bottles for beverages that had a refundable deposit attached to the sale. Bottles could be turned back in for pennies. With the proliferation of plastic beverage bottles for every possible energy drink and even plain

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June
30th

IRAQ: Obama’s retreat has been a disaster

Do the Democrats really want to relitigate the Iraq war? Dick Cheney served this country honorably and was a key adviser to President George W. Bush. Bush made the decision to go to war, not Cheney. The decision was supported by numerous Democrats, including Sens Hillary Clinton and John Kerry.

There is an abundance of evidence that Saddam Hussein had ties to many Islamic terrorist groups including al-Qaida and that he supported global terrorism. The Bush administration feared he might share weapons of mass destruction with one of these groups that could then launch attacks against the U.S. A 2008

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June
30th

AMTRAK: Lakewood residents’ concerns ignored

Re: “New station plans more popular at hearing” (TNT, 6-27).

It’s nice that Tacoma officials are finally happy about their new proposed station. It’s nice that the Washington State Department of Transportation is working with the City of Tacoma to come up with a viable solution for their station. But the article about the new Amtrak station talks as if South Tacoma is the only community Amtrak is going through on its new Point Defiance bypass route.

What about the residents and businesses in Lakewood and Tillicum, some no more than 20 or 30 feet from the railroad right

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June
30th

WWI: A father’s time in hell

Re: “100 years go, a war that left the world unhinged” (editorial, 6-29).

I recently completed a research paper on my father’s service during the Great War (World War I). I have been fearful that the public and the press would fail to note the anniversary of that war until I read the editorial Sunday. This country needs to be reminded of that conflict and its horrors.

Dad’s arrival in France was among the earliest, with him being assigned to the 12th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Division of the American Expeditionary Forces.

Dad never talked about his experiences until

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June
30th

WWI: Diplomatic ‘game’ had a deadly outcome

Re: “100 years go, a war that left the world unhinged” (editorial, 6-29).

Your editorial naturally piqued my interest since my avocation for nearly 40 years has been the First World War. During my last two tours in Europe, I had the good, great fortune to visit most of the major battlefields on the Western Front, the first through a university course, “WWI, A Living History.” Since that time I also have collected and read more than 500 books concerning that period.

Most people believe that the two major Central Powers – Germany and Austria-Hungary – were the culprits

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June
30th

TRUCKS: Rigs aren’t creating a safety issue

Re: “Pierce County may ban parking big trucks overnight” (TNT, 6-29).

My family was in the trucking business for more than 30 years, and I relate to the problems of these truckers. I have lived in Spanaway 70 years, seen changes in our neighborhoods – some good, some bad, depending on one’s interpretation. It’s called progress, and you can’t make everyone happy all the time.

County officials state that truckers are storing equipment or dumping their trucks all over the neighborhoods. Who did they talk to? There is no influx of trucks; these drivers live here. Where are the

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June
27th

TACOMA: Proctor Station already taking a toll

Re: Proctor Station (TNT, 6-27).

The “building once criticized by neighbors” is still very much hated. This reformation of Proctor and the North End Neighborhood will forever negatively impact this area.

Let’s take score. To date, the business district has lost six businesses: four to relocation, one has closed and one is moving to a new location. Wild Child is promoting “plenty of parking” in its new spot. With the construction, more than 50 parking spaces have been lost: the lot across from Knapp’s (about 25, never to be replaced) and street parking on 28th Street, Proctor and Madison.

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June
27th

ISRAEL: Divesting is a nonviolent way to protest

Re: “Presbyterians’ effort against Israel is misguided” (TNT, 6-26).

Every time “good Christian” people, congressional delegations and impartial fact finders go to Palestine/Israel to gain an understanding, they fly El-Al; they stay at the King David (or another Israeli-owned) Hotel; and they are fed information, views and impressions from the pro-Zionist, anti-Palestinian perspective.

I know: On my first trip, that is exactly what happened.

They are discouraged from visiting with, purchasing from or even looking at the Palestinians, as to do so would “support terrorism.” Thus their impression of Israeli Jews is of a God-fearing, humanitarian people being attacked

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