Letters to the Editor

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Archives: Sep. 2014

Sep.
30th

KRAUTHAMMER: Columnist ignores facts

Re: Columnist Charles Krauthammer.

What my conservative opponents fail to understand is when liberals like me think that the opinions of Krauthammer are a waste of space, it is not because of his ideology. Conservative columnist George Will offers opinions I disagree with, but at least they are (until recently) intellectually honest.

Our objection to Krauthammer is that he writes half-truths, ignores facts that are inconvenient and generally does not know what he is talking about.

Three weeks ago he wrote that “they (ISIS) count on Barack Obama quitting the Iraq/Syria campaign” and that “Obama’s “broad coalition” remains a fantasy.”

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Sep.
30th

ELECTION: Lame reason to endorse Dave Reichert

I guess from The News Tribune endorsement of Congressman Dave Reichert (editorial, 9-30) that the voters of the 8th District are anti-veteran and that they favor sending American jobs to cheap-labor countries and generally turning the House of Representatives into a dysfunctional, broken, worthless government body.

I assume this is the case because the editorial board tells us that Reichert “is a better fit for the district and is an important link to the House Republican majority.” Your endorsement tells readers to vote for him because “he won almost 63 percent” in the primary.

I would think the editorial

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Sep.
30th

CHAMBERS BAY: Project would block great views

Re: “Developer unveils drawings for Chambers Bay resort” (TNT, 9-24).

Please don’t build that big commercial development at that Chambers Bay location.

One of the most wonderful vistas in Pierce County is from the overlook above Chambers Bay. The view across the beautiful dunes-style golf course out over southern Puget Sound and its striking islands, to the backdrop of the Olympics, is spectacularly beautiful.

Thanks to Connie Ladenburg for reminding the Pierce County Council about that being public property. Wouldn’t it be good to check with the public about the zoning of their park?

Wouldn’t the big hotel and

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Sep.
30th

COLLEGE: Loving your work isn’t always enough

We’ve all heard from our parents: “Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

However, you can’t continue to do what you love unless someone is willing to pay for it, so why is it that so many college students seem to ignore the economics aspect of the job market?

Countless college grads wind up unable to find work in their fields every year. My advice is to look for what you love within a field that has the demand to offer you that job you seek.

If you love, say, helping people to overcome

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Sep.
30th

TACOMA: Where are school district’s priorities?

Re: “Tacoma board fears charter school drain” (TNT, 9-27).

In the 1980s, Tacoma used to be the Nordstrom of education in Washington. Tacoma had Lincoln Tree Farm, Metro Parks Work Crew, Region V Learning Center, Central Latino, Urban League, Foss Yard Buster and Tone School.

Where are they? All closed and being replaced by charter schools.

In addition, the middle school system has failed. For years, hundreds of parents have been asking for the return of the junior high system of seventh through ninth grades and for varsity/junior varsity sports, wood/metal shop, drafting classes and activities to keep students in

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Sep.
30th

SMOKING: Take responsibility for butt disposal

Another summer has passed. Another season of roadside brush fires, reported as “cause unknown,” is in my rear-view mirror.

I suspect many of the roadside brush fires are caused by careless motorists tossing lit cigarette butts out their window. I am all too familiar with cigarette butts littering the roadside, but I also am aware that cars are no longer equipped with ashtrays, and walkers do not have options for disposing of their cigarettes.

After a short search online, I found wonderful portable ashtrays designed to fit into vehicle cup holders. They are affordable, beautiful and some even light up

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Sep.
29th

ELECTION: Freeby would make a fine judge

I am proud to endorse Robert C. Freeby for Tacoma Municipal Court Judge. I have known him for 25 years. He has the integrity, experience and temperament to become a fine judge. His community support is through the roof, being supported by almost every lawyer and judge I know.

Although judges are nonpartisan, Freeby has the support of Republicans, Democrats and independents alike. He was rated “well qualified” by our bar association. He knows the law and has worked all sides of the courtroom as prosecutor, public defender and in private practice.

He is passionate about the law, always prepared

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Sep.
29th

OBAMA: This president didn’t rush into war

Re: “President shows cowardly leadership” (letter, 9-26).

We are still a great nation with a president trying not to rush into war, unlike our previous president who sent our troops to be maimed and die for a war of choice.

We have attended memorial services for more than 138 soldiers killed in that war. The pain that was suffered by the loved ones left behind was something I never want to see again.

Many of the soldiers from that war are suffering terribly with PTSD. I have personally been very instrumental in getting quite a few the help they

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