Letters to the Editor

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Archives: March 2015

March
31st

INDIANA: Demonstrators don’t go far enough

I applaud the demonstrators railing against the religious freedom law passed in Indiana. Allowing Christians to follow their sincere beliefs is something that cannot be tolerated.

The demonstrators have not gone far enough, though. There are other religious groups that should be required to conform also.

• Muslim Halal meat markets must carry pork chops.

• Orthodox Jews’ restaurants must serve bacon cheeseburgers and ham and eggs.

• Seventh-Day Adventists’ cafes should be forced to offer roast beef sandwiches.

Also, the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act needs to be repealed. Since Sen. Chuck Schumer, Harry Reid’s heir apparent, was its original sponsor,

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March
31st

FOREIGN POLICY: Are we the world’s guardian?

Re: “Obama’s miscues reveals his ignorance” (letter, 3-30).

From my understanding of the writer’s intent, I believe he is suggesting that because of the president’s “ignorance regarding foreign affairs,” we “aren’t working in the best interests of our country” when we refuse to deploy troops wherever the Islamic world is in conflict with other factions of Islam or nonbelievers, whoever they may be.

If we accept the writer’s premise, we would probably have troops (with U.S.-supplied weapons) deployed in Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Nigeria, Turkey, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Indonesia, Chechnya, Gaza, Lebanon and a few I missed.

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March
31st

GOP: Tea partiers should consider the Dems

I remember the irony I felt when I heard things tea partiers were saying in the previous general election when they claimed they wanted to take their country back. Among the quotes were things like, “Don’t steal my Medicare!” and “Hands off my Social Security.”

Well, folks, Republicans have now, through their proposed budgets, made it very clear they have no such intent. I guess that’s the problem with having to lead.

In the past, they had the Paul Ryan budget, but they could pretend it was fake because it would never get through the Senate. Now, it looks very

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March
30th

I-1351: Are Democrats trying to buy off teachers?

Re: “Dems float deal to trim class-size initiative” (TNT, 3-29).

Does everyone know what they voted for? If you thought class size was the issue in Initiative 1351, you didn’t read the fine print.

I-1351 includes staffing increases for custodial, maintenance and grounds keepers. It also includes staffing for the administration, nursing and psychologists.

How does this reduce class size? It doesn’t; it lines the pockets of the union. Extra staff, extra dues.

If they really cared “about the kids” they would have left all the unnecessary increases off the initiative and kept the cost down. Now the Democrats

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March
30th

HUNGER: Protection needed for kids – not corporations

Re: “D’s and R’s are partners in posturing” (Robert J. Samuelson column, thenewstribune.com).

I find this column regarding government spending and taxes amazingly short-sighted.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called food stamps) is on the congressional chopping block in budget discussions. SNAP is the nation’s primary defense against hunger. Child poverty in the U.S, at 21 percent, is the highest of any major country. In Washington state, more than 18 percent of our kids lived below the poverty line in 2013.

Consider these points:

• The Senate budget protects more than $40 billion in unnecessary and expensive tax breaks and

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March
30th

TRANSPARENCY: Demand openness of officials

Re: “Kelley must come clean regarding investigation” (editorial, 3-29).

I personally share The News Tribune editorial board’s view about Troy Kelley’s need to address these issues now, rather than practicing the bunker mentality that so many government officials do. In fact, I would hope you demand the same from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton concerning her “private” e-mail account.

We need our local and national media to express outrage every time we find a government official giving lip service to transparency and refusing to disclose. Without the media hounds chasing these officials, we’d never know when we had one “treed.”

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March
30th

TACOMA: Revisit idea of controlled crossing

Tacoma citizens have appealed to the city and school district to establish a controlled crossing at North 13th and I streets for a number of years, but they have always been told that the pedestrian view at this corner isn’t good.

I took a picture looking towards this intersection from the top of the hill at the intersection of North Prospect and 21st. The driver’s view of 13th and I St is in plain view from the top of this hill. That argument doesn’t hold up at all.

When there is a vehicular accident involving a pedestrian, isn’t it the

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March
30th

MARIJUANA: Edibles should be individually packed for safety

I believe there are a lot of people who hear about marijuana and edibles assume that they are the same. While marijuana is the base for edibles, it is a lot more concentrated in the edible form than marijuana itself.

Edibles that are packed in candy form are far more likely to be eaten by people who do not know that it can include 12 individual doses. For this reason, I believe that the doses need to be individually packed for safety reasons.

Marijuana itself does not cause these issues because it does not look “tasty” and is much less potent.
This

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