Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

May
20th

TEACHERS: Higher pay, smaller classes needed

Many teachers have gone on strike protesting for higher pay and smaller class sizes. As a Pierce College student, pursuing elementary education, I agree with their message.

I strongly agree that teachers are underpaid. However, I’m not going into the education field to become rich. Although I want to teach for the students and not for the money, the salary for teachers is definitely an issue. They deserve more pay because they not only teach students, but are big influences in many of their lives.

Sometimes, children don’t have support and love at home and many teachers give guidance and compassion

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May
19th

PROSECUTOR: Accuser’s reputation for integrity is topnotch

If one were to rank the staff of the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office by their reputation for integrity and honesty, Steven Merrival would be at or near the top. Mark Lindquist, who knows? He doesn’t carry a caseload and only appears in court if there are news cameras present.

The Latin phrase is “esse quam videri” – to be rather than to appear to be. Lindquist spends inordinate amounts of time and taxpayer money to give the appearance of an ideal prosecutor. His office’s performance, however, has been one scandal after another of hidden evidence, unethical courtroom behavior, coverups, and

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May
19th

CLIMATE: Have we ticked off Mother Nature?

A 40 percent rise in carbon dioxide since the onset of the Industrial Revolution, and the last 14 years the hottest on record - an alarming set of numbers, to be sure. But an equally alarming number should be the number of ferocious storms that have pounded the country recently.

I don’t have exact data, but it seems that every night for months the news has begun with reports of major destruction. Either houses have been flattened, streets flooded, towns ripped apart, roads washed away, or unseasonable snowfall and hail has turned spring into winter. Oklahoma and Texas seem to get the brunt

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May
19th

HOUSING: Applicants pay, even if rental is denied

I have noticed that in the past four months in the rental market, rent has gone up about $175-$200 as more people are trying to find places to live. The competition is incredible. Plus every time you get serious about a place you want, the rental company or owner charges $35-$80 to do background checks.

I agree with the background checks, but why won’t they let applicants bring a copy of the same background check they are wanting to charge for over and over again? To me that is robbery.

Also, in the long run that can really mess your credit up. You

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May
19th

TACOMA: Stop making villains of either side

The debate on a higher minimum wage for Tacoma needs a bit of perspective and civility.

When the current statewide minimum wage was initiated, it was the highest in the country and still is for the moment. It was indexed to the Consumer Price Index so it would not lose ground to inflation, and indeed it has not.

The debate is now over whether that is enough. Past comments from letter writers and columns discuss business models based on substandard wages and say that businesses that can’t afford the increased costs shouldn’t exist anyway.

Really? Making villains out of either side is

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May
19th

TRAFFIC: No relief in sight on area highways

Re: “No fast relief for I-5 traffic nightmare” (TNT, 5-18).

I crossed over Interstate 5 on the Yakima Avenue bridge the other day, and when I looked down at the traffic I thought, “This is as bad as L.A. traffic.”

It seems to me that someone in the last 20 years has really dropped the ball when it comes to highway construction in Pierce County. There are many other highways that should have been widened besides I-5. Have you ever traveled the two-lane nightmare from Purdy westbound? State Route 302 should have been taken care of years ago.

I certainly hope

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May
19th

TACOMA: Ibsen doesn’t serve the status quo

I read the one-sided Matt Driscoll column (TNT, 5-19) regarding Anders Ibsen, a Tacoma City Council member with intelligence and courage shaking the status quo. The proof is that all current council members except for Ryan Mello endorsed on of Ibsen’s opponents as soon as he filed for the seat.

These same council members refused to allow voters to decide whether to keep the current council-manager form of government or change to an elected mayor with executive power and a smaller council. Ibsen and Mello said, “Let the people decide.” The rest said, essentially, “We do not trust the voters and

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May
19th

GARDEN: Working together grows strong families

That is the best picture of the year (TNT, 5-19), a little family working in the vegetable garden.
I never liked grass (lawn) as when I was growing up it was good only for our goats.
All the children had chores in the house and garden for the benefit of the family.

It is wonderful to see such a picture and the thought behind it, feeding family and community. Any piece of land can be a food garden; it only takes effort and attention. It builds strong families, working together, with the satisfaction of their labor when rheir

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