Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

Archives: Aug. 2014

Aug.
29th

SUMNER: Many unhappy over Sunset expansion

Re: “Customers, owners mourn the end of revered Sumner feed store” (TNT, 8-29).

We are saddened by the “Grub” closing to become a parking lot for Sunset Chevrolet’s employees.

For the past five years this neighborhood has fought to keep our residential area as residential and stop Sunset from gobbling up more homes. Its employees literally took over every feasible parking spot on West Main and some on Elizabeth Street.

Both the city and Sunset were very shortsighted in assuming that homeowners would be willing to sell our properties to allow Sunset to keep expanding. Five of us have

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Aug.
29th

TRADE: There’s more to the TPP story

Re: “Trade efforts will boost Washington workers, businesses” (Viewpoint, 8/24).

United States Trade Representative Michael Froman promotes the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) as a benefit to Washington state and its small businesses.

The TPP can be viewed online. It has very little to do with small businesses. Instead, it is about giving huge amounts of power to very large corporations.

It allows them new self-interested rights and privileges such as the right to demand taxpayer compensation for any domestic law that investors believe will diminish their “expected future profits.” It also reduces costs of moving business and capital offshore.

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Aug.
29th

MIDDLE EAST: Is inaction a plan?

Can U.S. leadership learn from the past? Perhaps.

It has been said that Nero fiddled while Rome burned. The truth of that story is debatable, but the lesson is still true. Can U.S. leadership take anything away from it?

We might ask, as the Middle East burns, are some too busy playing golf? Beats the fiddle, I guess.

Aug.
28th

BELLARMINE: Change threatens Tacoma traditon

Bellarmine Preparatory School is proposing a change to its campus that threatens to eliminate an annual spring tradition in Tacoma.

The proposal would move school maintenance and other “support services” to a new location, replacing the greenhouses that are necessary to grow native plants and vegetables for the annual spring plant sale.

Tacoma residents have grown to count on the native plant sale and large selection of vegetable plants with which to begin their spring planting season. The annual event raises more than $20,000 for the school.

I encourage community members who support the plant sale, connecting students with our

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Aug.
28th

SUICIDE: React to depression by caring

Re: “Bring mood disorders into the light” (Patrick O’Callahan column, 8-24).

Robin Williams’ death is relevant precisely for the reasons stated by Patrick O’Callahan. He reminds the reader that “mental” illness is indeed private, therefore cannot be seen, and also that Williams’ celebrity speaks loudly.

We need to remember that, like any other illness, it needs to be treated. Often this can begin with the lay person simply offering caring words or thoughts.

Symptoms of depression are made exponentially worse by demands that we progress through every moment in a state of “happy” and “good,” a thought often relayed

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Aug.
28th

JOBS: Our pool is teeming with talent

Re: “In downsizing, Weyerhaeuser plans a move to Seattle” (TNT, 8-27).

Weyerhaeuser’s new CEO wants “access to a larger talent pool to meet future recruiting needs, not just in this region but from across the country.”

I’ve been called worse, but I think I just got labeled “backwater.”

Weyerhaeuser may be shedding costly Federal Way real estate for more affordable digs in Seattle. An understandable business decision. At some point we all downsize. But in the process, you don’t have to dis the old ‘hood.

We in Tacoma/Pierce County have strong, vibrant talent to address challenges of the current

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Aug.
27th

OBAMA: Wishy-washy leadership doesn’t cut it

Thankfully our great nation is very resilient. We have survived wars, floods, droughts, plagues and civil unrest, so with determination and good luck we should be able to survive two more years of the greatest disaster ever to befall our country: Barack Obama.

An American is beheaded by a Muslim terrorist group and his response is, “Such behavior is not acceptable in the 21st century.” Is not acceptable in the 21st century? I wonder what Harry Truman would have said, or more importantly what he would have done.

The more I see of Obama the more I am reminded of the

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Aug.
27th

POLICE: Too many officers are killed or maimed

Re: “Too many killings by police officers” (letter, 8-26).

This letter could also have read, “Too many police officers maimed or killed.”

On a daily basis, police officers are subject to being cursed, hit, spit upon, and with distressing regularity shot, stabbed or struck by vehicles while doing their job. The website ODMP.org honors the 21,000 officers who have lost their lives protecting us.

There is a good reason that not very many people want a law enforcement job; it is stressful for the officer and at times very hard on his or her family.

Before we judge an officer’s

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