Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

Category: Uncategorized

Jan.
29th

EDUCATION: Don’t reject Common Core standards

Re: “Democrats reject Common Core standards” (TNT, 1-28).

I am deeply troubled by the decision the Democrats’ state party leaders took on Common Core standards.

The standards were the product of the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, not the federal government. The mobility of our society places students, especially elementary children, in jeopardy of missing key learning elements as they move from state to state. Having national learning goals in English and math helps ensure that children do not miss out on the opportunity to learn and master the basics.

Common Core identifies the

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Jan.
29th

BAIL: Many factors impact bail amount

Re: “Lower bail for DUI than for killing a dog?” (letter, 1-29).

The writer has no idea what bail is or why it is set at a particluar level.

To begin with, we have this odd thing called a Constitution. Washington has one and so does the United States. It provides that people are not guilty of anything until after they are convicted. In fact, they are actually innocent until convicted.

Secondly, the purpose of bail has never been to punish an offender. That is what sentencing is for after a person is found guilty.

Bail is the amount the court

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Jan.
29th

COUNTY: Proposed building will impact traffic

Re: “Town hall reveals widespread support for East Tacoma project” (TNT, 1-23) and “Prize, size of South End headquarters plan go up,” (1-28).

I’ve lived in the Lincoln District for more  than 30 years, and I’ve seen traffic congestion continue to grow. With the addition of the Albertsons and Walgreens stores and strip mall stores at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and South 38th Street, traffic can come to a backed-up stand-still at times.

Pierce County has addressed parking issues, but the traffic flow to and from the building concerns me. No major installation or modification of the arterials was

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Jan.
28th

HOLOCAUST: Look into a survivor’s eyes

Re: “Fewer survivors revisit Auschwitz after 70 years” (TNT, 1-28).

As a teenager, I worked with the 29th Division of the Maryland National Guard during their two-week summer camp. I met a major who only drank hot water for breakfast each day. Being inquisitive, I asked why.

He rolled up the sleeve of his shirt and showed me a crude tattoo of numbers on his arm. He said matter of factly, “I developed this habit in the concentration camps.”

Jan.
28th

COUNTY: Better plan is to invest in downtown

The article (TNT, 1-28) about the rising price tag of the proposed Pierce County administration building says it all in the first two sentences: the vast new complex “will” cost more than projected but “could” still justify the expense.

Increased costs are a certainty, while eventual savings are more speculative. How much higher the price tag “will” ultimately go, and how much less likely that those expenses “could” be justified, only time will tell.

What a shame it will be if this plan proceeds instead of a wiser investment in the central downtown core, with its expanding transit options, its vibrant and

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Jan.
27th

DUI: Lower bail than for kicking a dog?

Nicholas Tresness is charged with kicking a Chihuahua to death (TNT, 1-27), and his bail is set at $25,000.

Mark Bachner is suspected of drunk driving and hitting a family of five, severely injuring an 11-year-old girl plus others in the car (TNT, 1-27). His bail is set at $15,000 – $10,000 less than for kicking a dog!

Where is the logic here? A big rant to the Pierce County Superior Court. Shame on you! Drunk driving is still not taken very seriously in Washington state.

 

Jan.
27th

EDUCATION: Testing is a job market norm

Re: “Don’t like state tests? Opt out, groups say” (TNT, 1-25).

What happens when kids are not assessed and taught using the standard employers use? They don’t get jobs. Employers now are requiring more testing and certifications to get the jobs that once had no standard.

To get hired as electricians, plumbers and in other jobs, standardized testing is required. I had to pass a standardized test to be eligible for my teaching certificate more than 20 years ago. A car mechanic is required to pass a certification test to work as a mechanic.

People against testing should know that they are saying

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Jan.
27th

RELIGION: Spiritual leader answers a call

Re: “White woman embraces life as a sangoma” (TNT, 1-22).

I read with delight the article about Nancy Rebecca and her calling to be a sangoma (a traditional Zulu healer). As a friend and mentee of Nancy’s I can attest to the loving and healing qualities she brings to her life and her work.

Each person is called to live their truth and act on their gifts, but not everyone has the courage to do so. To answer the call, as Nancy did, takes great courage and fortitude. In this type of work, spiritual work, there is no road map.

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