Letters to the Editor

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July
16th

TACOMA: Businesses’ sob stories were pitiful

The Tacoma City Council meeting Tuesday where Mayor Marilyn Strickland presented her plan for a $12 minimum wage, as opposed to the $15 minimum wage that will be on the November ballot, drew quite a standing-room-only crowd.

In fact, many were from the Chamber of Commerce. They told their sad stories about how even the mayor’s proposal would totally bankrupt them and destroy their businesses.

Their stories were so pitiful and heart-rending, that the pro-$15 people even took up a collection for them.

July
16th

TAXES: Don’t let tax credits for poor expire

Re: “Jeb Bush and the laziness doctrine” (Paul Krugman column).

It seems that Jeb Bush is already off to a wobbly start, since he managed to immediately stuff one foot in his mouth. It was his brother, George W., who predicted his tax cuts on capital gains and dividends would usher in an “ownership society.” But the opposite happened.

In 2000, one of every eight taxpayers had capital gains income. In 2012, it was one in 15. Capital gains is taxed at a much lower rate than regular income, and wealthier people enjoy this tax loophole.

Since the Wall Street

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July
16th

COUNTY: Citizens will be heard on expensive building

Re: “Pierce County building will go on the ballot” (TNT, 7-11).

I am certainly glad that Jerry Gibbs and his committee have succeeded in getting the necessary signatures to place his referendum on the ballot this November. That vote will be mandatory, and the county will not be able to ignore the results.

The people of Pierce County must have a voice in a project as expensive as the proposed office building. The whole project needs to be reexamined; there are serious flaws, not the least of which is the lack of public parking.

It is hard to believe

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July
15th

ISRAEL: Why some Jews support boycott

Re: “Boycott drive strengthens, raising alarm in Israel” (TNT, 7-12).

I am a member of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) which was cited in the article as supportive of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement that aims to move Israel into compliance with international and human rights law.

JVP, which is the fastest-growing Jewish organization in America, takes its BDS stand in support of Palestinian human rights and Jewish values. After decades of futile “negotiations” (which were like asking a powerless child to “negotiate” with an adult abuser), JVP recognized that nothing short of BDS could bring a nonviolent end to Israel’s 48 years

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July
15th

CRIME: We must try a positive approach

Re: “At least 7 dead, 14 injured over 3 days” (TNT, 7-14).

To fight crime with violence polarizes the two sides, and you create a war. It’s the wrong approach. While some of those measures may be needed, the emphasis should be on the positive side.

When I was teaching school, there was virtually no instruction given students on the dangers and consequences of crime and drug use. Schools should have required courses that give clear evidence of the physical and psychological harm to users of those things, and the devastation it can cause to families and others.

But the

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July
15th

ELECTION: Edgewood voters have a choice to make

A few years ago, my Vermont brother and sister-in-law visited us and we took them around to see the sights. Driving down South Meridian on Puyallup’s South Hill, gazing out at the helter skelter development, in a horrified voice my brother exclaimed, “This is awful, Who let them do this?”

I tried to explain the politics of the “You want it, you got it!” development philosophy so prevalent in parts of our Puget Sound. First you elect folks who have the “Let them do what they want” mindset. These folks have potential development property, have friends who do or profit

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July
15th

CRIME: Troubled youth degrade community

Our office has recently dealt with a spike in aggravating issues (some criminal) with young adults and teens who appear to have nothing to do throughout the day.

Each morning, we find beer cans, broken glass, food trash, drug paraphernalia and more strewn throughout the parking lot. Some activities take place during the day, and we have called for help from police. A reduction in resources due to a failed levy has resulted in slow response times. By then, the offender has done the deed and moved on.

You would never guess that we are located in the city that

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July
15th

ELECTION: Ben Gonter for Lakewood City Council

For decades, I used to live in Lakewood. I graduated from Lakes High School, married there and my two children were born there.

I am embarrassed by the way the city of Lakewood currently looks and the way it is governed. It looks old and run down compared to neighboring cities DuPont and University Place.

I am embarrassed that there are so many vacant stores there. I am embarrassed that military personnel are being told not to move to Lakewood because of its high crime and poor schools.

If you are satisfied with the way Lakewood looks, its many vacant

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