Letters to the Editor

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July
30th

FIRCREST: Don’t force fluoride on residents

Re: “It would be foolish to end water fluoridation in Fircrest” (Viewpoint, 7-27).

I live in Fircrest and want fluoride-free water in my home. There is nothing foolish or radical about expecting clean water from my own tap. My family uses fluoride every day. But we should determine if we want to drink it; the City Council should not decide for us.

Fluoride-free water does not cause tooth decay; too much sugar and poor dental hygiene does. Compared to 1957, fluoride is available everywhere. Drinking water is not the only source of fluoride, nor is fluoridated water the only

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July
30th

COUNTY: Government should be nonreligious

I wonder if Pierce County Councilman Jim McCune would object to the phrase “Allah Akbar,” which means “God is great”?

Would there be a problem with giving that prominence in a governmental facility that supposedly serves all regardless of race, religion or creed? After all, Allah is the same Abrahamic God that Christians revere. Or how about something in Yiddish or the original language of the Puyallup Tribe? What signals would those phrases send to the diverse citizenry of Pierce County?

Or better yet, how about every governmental entity just staying the heck out of religious debate and maintaining the

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July
30th

POT: Flemming ignored will of the voters

I was perusing the online News Tribune Voter Guide for candidates in my jurisdiction and discovered a misstatement by Stan Flemming regarding supporting or opposing the ban on recreational marijuana businesses in unincorporated Pierce County.

Flemming states, “It is misleading to the public to call the county ordinance a de-facto ban. I do not support a ban, as the citizens of this state voted to legalize marijuana.”

In fact, he not only sponsored the ban but also voted to override County Executive Pat McCarthy’s veto.

Flemming may use the excuse that it only prohibits licensed marijuana businesses from operating in

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July
30th

COUNTY: Council vote should prompt recalls

The motto “In God We Trust” not only needs to never go on display in Pierce County Council chambers, it also needs to be removed from our currency and rescinded as our national motto.

Originating in the 1950s as the national motto , it was a short-sighted mistake from the beginning. Its continued use in our government is an affront to all people of the United States.

Our religious freedom and our very existence as a free country depend on secular government and in all of us abiding by the letter, and the spirit, of the separation of church and

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July
30th

IMMIGRATION: It’s time to stop the stampede

I keep hearing politicians – Democrats and Republicans alike – saying that they are all for legal immigration, but I think what many if not most of them really mean is they don’t want to alienate the ever-increasing Hispanic voting bloc.

At one time in our history, America really did need more people to do such things as harvest our crops, log our forests and build our railroad lines, but those days are long since gone.

The great majority of those who are now streaming in illegally will put a tremendous financial burden our nation, which is already more than

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July
30th

COUNTY: McCune wastes time and money

Shame on Pierce County Councilman Jim McCune for wasting taxpayers’ money and for wasting the time and energy last night of council members Connie Ladenburg, Rick Talbert and Stan Flemming.

County Council members are elected to attend to the needs of the people of Pierce County. McCune – with the support of his colleagues Dan Roach, Joyce McDonald and Doug Richardson – took time away from the important county work that needs to be done last night when he brought a frivolous resolution to the council that was aimed at furthering his own personal interest rather than the interests of

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July
30th

COUNTY: Council chooses your god for you

So, the Pierce County Council has decided for all of us to display the Christian term “In God We Trust” in council chambers.

My question is, which god? Allah? Zeus? Perhaps Thantos, the god of death? Personally, as an avowed atheist I find the idea of some bearded dude who lives in the sky absurd right along with that guy with a goatee dressed in a red suit. Let me guess; next week the council is going to vote to name the unicorn as the official county mascot.

Religious debates have absolutely no place in public, supposedly secular meetings. I

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July
29th

BORDER: Deportation is a heinous option

While Congress advances legislation in response to the tens of thousands of Central Americans who have entered the United States in recent months, we must educate ourselves and seek the genuine narrative behind this surge of peoples.

Upon discovering the veracious account facing Central Americans vis-à-vis the United States’ contribution through our foreign and trade policies, one would find it difficult to support any proposed solution centered on deportation.

To justify the dangerous journey, circumstances must be so horrid that all risk involved in fleeing is outweighed by the mere hope of sanctuary in foreign lands.

Like the North American

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