Letters to the Editor

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Archives: Oct. 2014

Oct.
31st

ELECTION: McKenna has nerve decrying outside money

I had to write after reading Rob McKenna’s online Viewpoint, “It’s harmful when outside billionaire tries to influence elections here.”

I remember Rob McKenna getting plenty of contributions from wealthy out -of-state companies and millionaires when he ran for governor in 2012, and I don’t remember him returning any of these “harmful” contributions.

The truth is that McKenna’s just trying to help his party, and he’s treating voters like they’re idiots in the process. I can’t wait until he talks about “harmful” outside money when Republicans are raking in the money in 2016.

Oct.
31st

TACOMA: Conservation charter amendment good for everyone

Conservation of electricity and water saves money for all utility customers and protects the environment. Tacoma Public Utilities uses conservation programs to meet growth in demand and save money. TPU’s award-winning conservation programs have exceeded their targets four years in a row.

The utility uses incentive programs for residential and business customers that help them save money by lowering their utility bills. These programs mean that the utility does not need to build expensive new facilities to meet growing demand.

Important protections in the City Charter prevent city employees from personally benefiting from city business. One unintended consequence is that

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Oct.
31st

ELECTION: Eight is enough of those annoying fliers

I’m sitting here laughing under my breath at all the controversy regarding the deceptive fliers sent out by Don Green, candidate Tami Green’s husband. Only because, having been annoyingly deluged with a minimum of eight political fliers per day in my mailbox for the past few weeks, they all now go directly into the recycle bin.

While I (don’t really) appreciate each candidate’s determination to sway voters, I am satisfied utilizing voter pamphlets. I don’t need the surplusage of additional, unnecessary, unending (did I mention annoying?) propaganda.

The bottom line is, I’m probably going to vote with my own party anyway. Although,

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Oct.
31st

ELECTION: County Council needs Derek Young

I worked with Derek Young for several years on the Gig Harbor City Council. He was, and is, fun to be around, but he is also a serious and thoughtful public servant. He is knowlegeable on a range of state and local issues and particularly strong in growth and transportation policy. Importantly, he’s become a champion for mental health, an issue badly in need of attention in Pierce County.

Young appreciates many different perspectives and experiences that result in a variety of views. He listens to them all and is willing to explain his decisions. He was a conscientious councilman and represented

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Oct.
31st

COUNTY: Mental health services must be a priority

Recently, I met with Dawn Morrell, state representative in the 25th District. As a former nurse, she has a strong knowledge base of the health care world and how policies impact everyday care for her constituents.

Expressing my concerns to her about Pierce County’s limited Mental Health resources, she shared that for several years now she has tried to get a tax (very slight, only 0.5 percent of sales tax) to be allocated for increasing resources in Pierce County.

But it gets shot down every time.Why? Does this mean that none of the politicians have a son with bipolar, a wife with depression,

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Oct.
31st

ELECTION: Caldier was positive, personable

After hearing all of the negative things that have been said about Michelle Caldier, Republican candidate for state representative in the 26th District, I wanted to share my personal experience.

On a Sunday not too long ago I was sitting with some of my family and about 20 friends and regulars, watching the Seahawks play. A group of people came in wearing the Seahawks colors, but their shirts were endorsing a political candidate. Soon Caldier was walking around the bar, introducing herself and handing out the coolest swag, Skittles and bracelets that match the color of my favorite team.

I really liked the way

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Oct.
31st

ELECTION: Tami Green’s best for women’s health

Women’s health is a key issue in the 28th District, especially as election day draws closer. Tami Green is a strong supporter of women’s health, with a record to back it up. Steve O’Ban would have you believe that he too supports women, even though he has a record of trying to push women’s health issues decades back.

Despite his ads on TV, O’Ban has done little to be called “proactive on women’s health.” In fact, earlier this month, he claimed that women’s health issues like birth control access were “of no concern” to his district. My visits to him

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Oct.
31st

FREEMAN: Legislator was dedicated to others

In the 39 years that I have lived in Federal Way, two elected officials have stood out for their dedication to serving the poor, the underprivileged and the vulnerable. The first was my friend, the late  state Sen. Mary Ann Mitchell; she was so devoted to seniors that we named a senior housing complex (Mitchell Place) and a highway overpass after her.

The second is state Rep. Roger Freeman. who died Wednesday. His reputation for effective legislation and caring for the most needy transcends the borders of his 30th Legislative District. With a degree in law he could have chosen a lucrative career. Instead

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