Letters to the Editor

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Archives: April 2015

April
30th

TACOMA: Click ‘losses’ aren’t as portrayed

Re: “Local company ups the ante on Click lease proposal” (editorial, 4-30).

It’s a common misconception that Tacoma’s Click network is a perennial loser. This is simply not the case. All these “losses” are due to amortization of “sunk costs” from building the entire telecommunications network, costs that rightfully should be charged off since they are left over from  Tacoma Public Utilities’ failed smart meter program.

Click’s revenues are actually growing, and it is genuinely cash-flow positive. In 2014 Click’s revenues rose 3 percent to a record $27 million. Operating profits were $3,722,723.

It’s only the depreciation and amortization expense of $5,128,915 that creates the small

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April
30th

LAKEWOOD: Why delay getting statements?

Re: “Police in no rush to get statements from officers” (TNT, 4-29).

I am not an attorney, but I did graduate from law school. On the first day of class, I was witness to two examples of the problems inherent with “eyewitness testimony.”

The first occurred in Tort Law and the second in Criminal Law. A staged theft of the professor’s valise provided the class with a variety of witness statements. I heard the contradictory statements of the witnesses.

The report that the Lakewood police are “in no rush to get statements from officers” goes against what I learned

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April
30th

TACOMA: Dickson House article evokes memories

I was so excited about the Dickson House being shown on this weekend’s Historic Homes of Tacoma Tour (TNT, 4-29).

In the 1940s, my father, Wesley McCrary, worked for Mrs. Dickson maintaining her yard. (He was the foreman at Firth Nursery). She liked my father so well that she asked him if he would mind taking her for a ride in her Cadillac on one Sunday a month, which he did.

When she passed away, she left him one of her desks that was in her hallway. I have that desk today, and it has the lion heads on each

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April
30th

RIOTS: Lawlessness reaches a new low

Massive, violent, destructive protests have reached a disgusting new low in Baltimore – in apparent collusion with the mayor, who stated the city’s policy to be “a balance between ‘freedom of speech’ and ‘space to destroy’” meaning a right to “riot, loot, burn and commit mayhem” without consequences.

Is this chaos and lawlessness a new “normal” for urban society?

City officials permitted thugs, vandals and dysfunctionals to degrade law enforcement and our venerated republican form of governance (with a separation of powers guaranteeing liberty and justice for all) in a once-proud American city less than 50 miles from our nation’s

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April
30th

EMISSIONS: Inslee needs to find new approach

Re: “Higher taxes not the best way to reduce emissions” (Viewpoint, 4-26).

Kudos to Monique Trudnowski! It’s not often enough that someone takes this approach. The way I read her article, she’s very politely saying that we should forget the partisanship, focus on the people’s goals, and then – like the good independent Washingtonians we are – continue to do what makes sense.

Gov. Jay Inslee’s carbon tax proposal does not focus on the people’s goals and does not make sense. It will raise prices for everyone. It will drive potentially polluting industries from the care of concerned Washingtonians

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April
30th

ORCAS: Free the whales at SeaWorld

I left San Diego, California, eight months ago for a good job in Tacoma, a good home near the woods, and the company of authentic people with the good sense to leave orcas undisturbed.

Now there’s a promotional ad on TV by the good people of SeaWorld, who say they love their whales. They claim orcas live just as long in captivity than out in the ocean.

I felt that I had to write this letter for the poor creatures trapped at SeaWorld that could not leave San Diego as I did.

April
30th

LIBERALS: How about an apology for failures?

I have been told by liberals that once our country is run by progressives everything will be fine.

Why is it than when progressives run things, very bad things happen?

Castro has run Cuba for more than 50 years. The people there are poorer now than ever. It is no different in Venezuela and Greece.

It seems that the liberal polices of forcing banks to loan to people who couldn’t repay loans didn’t work out very well. It also seems that the cities that liberals run – like Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Tacoma and many more – just

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April
30th

US OPEN: Challenging course a win for viewers

Re: “Golfer takes first swings at Chambers Bay in tweet” (John McGrath column, 4-30).

When I watch a major golf tournament on TV, I am often lightly disappointed when the scores are far under par. This summer at Chambers Bay, I would love the winning score in the U.S. Open to be even-steven par.

No one complains at the Masters when a beautiful shot comes within 10 feet of the pin only to see it roll back 40 feet into the water. Wouldn’t it be thrilling to see these accomplished pros really have to earn every $7,000 shot?