Letters to the Editor

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April
14th

POLICE: Officers need to stand up for justice

Police officers get up each morning and prepare to protect and serve all of us. They have a right to expect to come home to their families and neighbors unharmed. We give them maximum leeway in the execution of their difficult and often dangerous duties, but we do not give them the right to act recklessly or unlawfully or to misuse their power to administer lethal force.

If the police want us to respect them, they need to demonstrate that they respect us - all of us. There is no justification for shooting a fleeing person in the back by anyone, but especially not by a police officer.

It

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April
13th

TACOMA: Maybe TPU is Click’s problem

Re: “Future of Click worthy of wider, more civil discussion” (Matt Driscoll column, 4-12).

In 1997, Tacoma created the Click network, a public service offering both Internet and cable, because we were tired of inferior service from a for-profit cable company. It was a good idea then, and it’s a good idea now.

Having laid miles of fiber-optic cable, our investment has paid off, and many Comcast customers desperately wish they get could get Click. So why is current Tacoma Public Utilities (TPU) management trying to privatize our Click network?

For one, it is easier to manage electric and water delivery that

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April
13th

MILITARY: VIP culture isn’t anything new

Re: “‘VIP culture’ raised in officer’s chute death” (TNT, 4-13).

As tragic as the death of Col. Darron Wright was, this kind of VIP mindset has always been part of military activities and should surprise no one.

When I served at Fort Lewis in the mid-1970s, I was helping to evaluate a Ranger battalion training exercise that included an airborne exercise in California. The commanding general of the 9th Infantry Division at the time was both Airborne and Ranger qualified. He decided to “jump in” with the Rangers in California.

The weather conditions were less than optimal, and ground winds

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April
13th

RACISM: We must set a better example for world

Racism is alive and well and living in the USA. If you don’t believe that, consider these points:

• I believe that there has never been a Democratic president who has been hounded and berated so intensely by the opposition as presently. The white conservatives are out for blood from this first black man to be commander in chief, and this is not just over ideologies.

• Look at the recent wave of white-cop-on-unarmed-black-male attacks, often ending in death of the black male. To wit: Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Walter Scott and even 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

Yes, we do have war

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April
13th

DEMOCRATS: Try research before writing rebuttals

Re: “GOP: The party that gave us war and recession” (letter, 3-25).

The letter writer might want to check his history book before presenting several false or misleading bullet points.

• He told us the 9/11 attack was on President Bush’s watch. True. The Bush administration didn’t connect the dots and neither did the Clinton administration. Al-Qaida planned the 9/11 attack over several years, not just during the eight months Bush was in office. President Bush took full responsibility for the attack. He is a leader, not a slick politician.

• The Great Recession started on Bush’s watch. True. But it was

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April
13th

SHOOTING: Requirement for meaningful discussion of race

The murder of Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina, was in stark contrast with the high-profile incidents involving young black men who were killed in Sanford, Florida, by a Hispanic man who was on neighborhood watch duty and in Ferguson, Missouri, by a white police officer.

In both of these instances, the young black men initiated the confrontation and attacked aggressively. The public response to these incidents was egregious. Blacks organized massive protests promoting the false narrative that both men were innocent victims. This promoted widespread social unrest which led to physical injury, property damage and disruption of many small business

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April
13th

MARRIAGE: The left reveals its intolerance

Re: “Marriage equality war is one GOP can’t win” (Leonard Pitts Jr. column, 4-9).

The totalitarian mind lives on, always insatiable in its hunger for final solutions. On the subject of marriage equality, Pitts admonishes recalcitrant Republicans to “change your stand, or shut your mouth.”

Can there be a sentiment more chilling and abhorrent to an American citizen? That’s it? Bend your knee to the seeming majority will, or cower in the corner in silence?

All Americans have the right to fully utilize all the constitutional tools at their disposal to advocate their positions on any policy issue before the

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April
13th

US OPEN: Why even hold tournament here?

First it was the osprey nest, which was at Chambers Bay for years and something many of us enjoyed watching. Then it was the dog park. Now it is a ban on boats on Chambers Bay near the U.S. Open site, not to mention parking restrictions on Grandview Drive West.

I don’t know why Chambers Bay was even selected for the site. The things that make that park attractive and the unique signature of our environment are being stripped away. By the time they’re finished, the U.S. Open could be held anywhere.

Maybe the sponsors can paint over the sky

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