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Tag: Adam Smith


PORT: Unions are only part of the problem

One letter writer has suggested (TNT, 12-20) that Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and Rep. Adam Smith intervene with the negotiations between the longshore union and the Pacific Maritime Association. Unfortunately, this will not happen, because the unions are big contributors and supporters of the Democrats. Plus that would only be a short-term solution to a decades-old problem.

Having said that, the unions are only a part of the problem. The main part of the problem is the way ports are formed and the weakness of the elected commissioners.

The current business model becomes quite murky because the problem solvers do

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PORT: Demand action at the federal level

Re: “Productivity decline cuts container numbers at ports” (TNT, 12-19).

Reporter John Gillie did an outstanding job of explaining the economic backlash that is being caused by the infighting between the International Longshore Workers Union and the Pacific Maritime Association.

I have written to Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray and to Rep. Adam Smith asking them to demand federal intervention to put a stop to this nonsense. Previous administrations would have stepped in long ago, as was demonstrated when President Reagan put a stop to the air traffic controller’s strike.

Washington is in serious danger of losing shippers to other ports

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LABOR: Oppose offshoring of living-wage jobs

Inequality may well be the defining problem of our time. The causes of inequality are complex, but one way of combating inequality is protecting worker’s rights. So why do our politicians continue to promote policies that undermine workers?

On May 29, 151 House Democrats sent a letter to the Obama administration pointing out the failure of past trade agreements to defend internationally recognized labor rights. They called for strong, enforceable labor protections in the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. TPP would include countries like Vietnam that regularly employ child and forced labor.

U.S. Rep. Denny Heck chose not to

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MILITARY: TNT headline wrongly refers to service benefits as ‘pork’

Re: “Smith: Cut port or risk hollow force” (TNT, 5-2)

The headline on the print version of the Associated Press article is misleading and cannot go unchallenged. Since when do military benefits such as health care, housing and commissary – all part of the total compensation package for active duty and retired members – qualify as “pork”?

“Pork (barrel)” spending typically refers to federal dollars appropriated for unwanted or unnecessary uses to provide a political incentive. It’s just plain wrong to imply that military compensation is “pork.”

A quick Internet search for the same article at other news sources

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EDUCATION: Local lawmakers back important bill

As a member of RESULTS here in Tacoma, we meet and discuss many issues. One of the most important and compelling for me is the lack of basic primary education in many countries. Fifty-seven million primary school-aged children are not in school worldwide. I feel sad to think what that means to their personal futures and the future of their countries.

The Education For All Act of 2013, introduced in U.S. Congress by Reps. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., and Dave Reichert, R-Auburn, would add impetus to remedy this problem. We at RESULTS are very thankful for this and urge all to

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HEALTH CARE: Thanks, but no thanks

Gov. Jay Inslee, Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, and Congressman Adam Smith all have several things in common. One glaring commonality is that all have health care plans for themselves, their families, and their staffs outside of the Affordable Care Act they all voted for and ardently support.

All followed the lead of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, who famously said, “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find what’s in it . . .” Now, three years later, we have an inkling of “what’s in it.”

Are you about to lose your current health care plan?

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CONGRESS: Very little leadership being shown

So our congressional “leaders” have reached a compromise to avoid the fiscal cliff. Now they are patting themselves on the back for “getting the job done.”

But wait a minute, the Congressional Budget Office says that the compromise bill just signed will add almost $4 trillion to the national debt over the next four years (TNT, 1-1). May the good Lord save us from too many such fruitful accomplishments.

The only bright lining I see is the fact that the state has a congressman who continues to exhibit concern for what is best for the country. I tip my

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ECONOMY: Candidates not so job-friendly

The Real Clear Politics Congressional Approval Rating is 13.8 percent approval and 79.6 percent disapprove.

With that in mind, former congressman Jay Inslee captured 46 percent of the primary vote, Sen. Maria Cantwell 55 percent and U.S. Rep. Adam Smith a whopping 61 percent. With the economy being the No. 1 issue in the November election, I decided to revisit my voters pamphlet to determine what these candidates had to say about jobs and the economy.

Inslee states that his mission as governor is to create a stronger and growing economy, making Washington a hub for clean energy. Cantwell states

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