Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Auburn

June
27th

AUBURN: Where’s outrage over corrupt officer?

Re: “Officer pleads guilty to inappropriate search” (TNT, 6-25).

An Auburn police officer has been allowed to plead guilty to a fourth-degree assault charge, get 80 hours of community service, turn in his badge and get a two-year suspended sentence? What did he do? He made a traffic stop, did not call it in on the radio or cellphone, kidnapped and sexually assaulted a young woman. He groped her while she was handcuffed and not under arrest in his car, then tried to elicit sex in exchange for not “busting” her.

We are talking about someone who should be

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June
3rd

SR 167: Is road project a boon or boondoggle?

Every time another piece on state Route 167 appears, written by or quoting our politicians, it’s clear that business has been lobbying hard for completion of the freeway link into Port of Tacoma. Benefit to the people is said to be somewhere between 4,000 and 10,000 jobs, depending on which publication is on the bottom of the birdcage at the moment. There has been no critical vetting of these numbers, and I challenge the parties involved to put up some data.

The formerly rich agricultural environment of the Kent-Auburn valley has already been saturated with warehouses, and the businesses are

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May
1st

PUYALLUP: Sumner Y would ease overcrowding

Re: “Sumner council increases support for new Y” (TNT, 4-27).

As a member of the Mel Korum YMCA in Puyallup for many years, I have seen that there is a very high demand for this specific recreation center throughout East Pierce County. Many of the Puyallup YMCA’s members commute from other towns such as Orting, Buckley, Bonney Lake, Auburn and Sumner. It would be a convenience to those from the aforementioned towns if another location opened closer to them in Sumner.

A Sumner YMCA would also offer a break from the constant overcrowding that plagues the Puyallup Y. The

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April
22nd

AUBURN: Backus is the best choice for mayor

Sometimes an opportunity presents itself in the right place, at the right time, for the right reason. The citizens of Auburn have the opportunity to vote for our first woman mayor. After a long list of men managing city business, we are ready for leadership from a strong, capable, compassionate woman.

Choosing a candidate based purely on gender is not something we would do. We are voting for Nancy Backus, not just because she’s a woman, but because she’s the candidate with the appropriate background, training and experience. She has demonstrated leadership skills, the ability to think critically, an understanding

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April
2nd

GUNS: Firepower makes brawls so much deadlier

Just imagine what would have happened at that Auburn sports tavern if guns had not been present.

First of all, three people probably would not have died so quickly. Yes, there still would have been a brawl and we would probably see some wounded, perhaps with a knife, but no one would have died as quickly as these three did with a fourth one fighting for his life.

Brawls like this happen everywhere, but only in America is the gun as readily available to do the quick kill. And now the NRA is advocating at least one armed officer in

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April
2nd

TNT: Depravity doesn’t belong on the front page

Re: “Gunfire leaves 3 dead at tavern” (TNT, 4-1).

Please stop advertising murder as a means for disturbed minds to get attention and a solution to their problems. A front-page spread for every shooting makes them think a lot of other people are doing that, so they should try it too.

Some people think sensationalism sells, but surely there is good news that will sell. And it can be helpful to society instead of degrading. If you must report depravity, it can be tucked away on an inside page.

There are far more good and commendable things going on

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March
20th

AUBURN: Fire district needs voter support

I am a 28-year fire service veteran and retired chief officer from the Auburn Fire Department. I am also a resident in King County Fire District 44, where I served as a commissioner for six years.

I urge my fellow citizens to approve Fire District 44 Proposition 1 in the upcoming election. Like ourselves, our fire district has been a victim of the recession. It is important to remember that we are a volunteer fire department, supported by a small professional staff. The current fiscal situation is dire, and support staff have already been laid off.

The reduction in what

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Jan.
8th

ROADS: Commit to completing state Route 167

Those of us who live and work in the connected valleys from Renton to Fife have long awaited a 30-year promise – that the last six miles of state Route 167 be completed.

As the 2013 legislative session approaches, the City of Auburn and a coalition of cities, chambers, ports and dozens of freight-related businesses ask the Legislature to actively pursue a plan for future funding cycles and appropriations needed to complete SR 167. We cannot wait another 30 years to finish this “last six-mile” project.

SR 167 is a major corridor that moves freight to and from the Port

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