Letters to the Editor

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Archives: July 2014

July
31st

RUSSIA: No real need to gather evidence

I’m both amused and a little disturbed by the fixation of Western governments to have access to the Ukrainian shoot-down site of the Malaysian commercial airliner.

Experts want access to the site, but what will they find? The airliner was shot down at 35,000 feet. There are only two nations that produce systems that can do this, and the United States does not have ground-to-air missiles in Ukraine.

While it might be nice to have solid evidence of Russian involvement, the world knows what happened and who supplied the technology.

The Russian government and its leaders cannot be allowed to

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July
31st

COUNTY: Wasted ink, wasted time

If you don’t believe in a god, then Tuesday’s decision by the Pierce County Council is meaningless. If you do believe in a god, then it changes nothing for you.

The entire argument has been moot and would embarrass a high -school civics class if suggested as a case lesson.

What is real is all the wasted ink and wasted time: Is there nothing more significant to warrant the council’s time? I hope so.

July
31st

COUNTY: In your God we alienate

A government is meant to serve all its people and should be void of all references that could be deemed as favoring one religion over another. I was under the impression that that was a widely held belief in this county, however, that pipe dream was shattered upon hearing that our Pierce County Council voted to display the words “In God We Trust” in the council chambers.

The “national motto” they are emulating was born out of fear of the “atheist Russians” and was meant to separate our nation from the godless Soviets. It was implemented along with a multitude

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July
31st

COUNTY: Evangelizing on the public dime

How terribly unfortunate that some people feel so unsure about their religion that they feel the need to have it affirmed in the public square by evangelizing on the public dime and affixing plaques on public walls in honor of it.

A truly good religion would be able to stand alone without being confirmed or anointed by the government.

July
31st

COUNTY: The ‘bulldozer’ of church-state separation

Re: “Stirring up another culture war in Pierce County” (editorial, 7-29).

In debating the appropriateness of displaying “In God We Trust” at Pierce County Council meetings, the phrase “separation of church and state” has been used quite liberally to support a strict ban of religion in public places.

Examining the history of church and state separation in this country, it is clear the intent has been to protect churches from government interference. If The News Tribune editorial staff was concerned about inflaming culture wars, it would have been better served to employ this phrase during recent deliberations regarding the

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July
31st

BORDER: Real refugees they’re not

Thousands of Central Americans, including many unaccompanied kids are showing up at the southern border, mostly in the area of southern Texas. A couple of months ago, when this came to the forefront as a huge problem, we called them what they were, unaccompanied illegal immigrants. That has since changed to refugees.

Words and phrases have meaning, and I suppose that those who are in favor of a flood of future voters prefer the term “refugee.” The narrative has also turned to how horrible the conditions are in those kids’ home nations, which is why they’re now refugees.

But I

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July
30th

VETERANS: Nonprofit course still needs support

I was very pleased to see your article, “Golf at American Lake helps disabled vets get outdoors” (TNT, 7-29).

As mentioned in the article, the Veterans Affairs golf course, which is completely managed and cared for by more than 200 unpaid volunteers, offers training and rehabilitation through golf, regardless of the types of disabilities and injuries suffered by our troops.

The article also mentioned that pro golfer and living legend Jack Nicklaus has contributed his design services free of charge in order to expand the present nine holes of golf to 18 as the number of rounds played exceeds

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July
30th

TRAFFIC: Lawmakers should take commute challenge

Our legislators in Olympia are turning a blind eye to our transportation problems. We all know that our highways and bridges are in need of repair and replacement. We sit in traffic all the time wondering if they really care that our infrastructure is falling apart.

Maybe if they experienced what their constituents go through every day they might change their minds and do something positive. Therefore, I invite all lawmakers to drive to Tacoma from Olympia during the work week around 5 p.m. to see what a mess I-5 really is.

I encourage all of them to carpool so

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