Letters to the Editor

Your views in 250 words or less

Tag: buses

Nov.
15th

BUSES: Investigate agency’s management

Re: “Pierce Transit loses bid to raise sales tax” (TNT, 11-15).

I totally understand voters not wanting a tax hike to fund Pierce Transit. I don’t use Pierce Transit often, but I have a daughter who has to use the shuttle and a granddaughter who’s a student and has a part-time job at the Tacoma Mall and has no car.

I realize they are just two people out of thousands who depend on Pierce Transit to get to classes, their job, doctor’s appointments, etc. In this economy no one wants an increase in taxes.

What needs to happen here

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Nov.
14th

BUSES: Prop. 1 rejection shows Pierce County’s ugly side

With the apparent defeat of Pierce Transit Proposition 1, we have now witnessed the true bad side of the majority of Pierce County voters.

Yes, we have heard all the arguments against Pierce Transit and its riders. The bottom line: It was a vote against human decency.

We were put on this Earth to help each other. The unfortunate in life are trying their best in a bad economy, and they especially need our help. Before, during and now, we see the worst part of humanity: a Boeing worker calling Pierce Transit “criminals”; car dealerships ensuring the rejection of the

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Nov.
12th

BUSES: Rejecting Prop. 1 sends the wrong message

To those who have rejected Pierce Transit Proposition 1: Your call to stop “wasting” tax funds has been heard. I wonder though, at what cost?

I couldn’t agree more that Pierce Transit has not done enough to win our trust, but the vote against Proposition 1 sends that message to the wrong people. Strangely, opponents have told the elderly, the disabled and those who otherwise cannot rely on the luxury of their own vehicle that they are “wasting” precious tax dollars.

Better transit is the key to a stronger economy and a stronger community. I’m very disappointed that so many

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Nov.
2nd

BUSES: Voting yes is the right thing to do

I agree with the Rev. John Koehler in his letter on Pierce Transit Proposition 1 (TNT, 10-28) that we have a social commitment and moral obligation to vote yes on this issue.

It would be unconscionable for me to vote otherwise knowing that so many people are dependent upon the bus system for their social, economic, medical and overall well-being and success. The sacrifice is very small for the taxable and huge for those who will not have access to this critical lifeline. The failure of this proposition would also negatively impact our local socioeconomic infrastructure.

It might be

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Nov.
1st

BUSES: Pierce Transit doesn’t care what voters want

By putting Proposition 1 on the ballot again just 22 months after voters soundly rejected it, Pierce Transit is telling the community that it doesn’t care what voters have to say. Pierce Transit is pushing forward with its own wasteful agenda in spite of voters.

Voters clearly indicated in 2011 that they want a more responsible transit agency, more realistic compensation packages, fewer empty buses and to finally get rid of CEO Lynne Griffith. Instead, they got cut out of the process so Pierce Transit could forge ahead with its own self-serving agenda, despite the will of the voters.

The

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Oct.
31st

BUSES: Pierce Transit using deceit to get tax

Pierce Transit is showing how deceitful it can be by offering Pierce County Proposition 1 to only certain Pierce County voters.

After voters rejected a sales tax increase for Pierce Transit in 2011, the agency defined a very narrow “service” area along its routes and along the very narrow retail corridors in parts of Pierce County. Only those individuals who reside within these arbitrarily defined areas are allowed to vote on the sales tax increase of Prop. 1.

Many people who use the retailers within those narrow boundaries do not reside within them and are therefore disqualified from voting on

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Oct.
31st

BUSES: Transit reduces our carbon footprint

As if the reasons Pierce Transit is requesting more funds are not enough, superstorm Sandy’s devastation clearly signals another factor: the absolute necessity of increasing our mass transit resources as a means of assisting in reducing global warming.

Our planet has already changed, the hour is late, yet we can literally help turn the tide. The increase in funds now to support Pierce Transit’s expansion of bus ridership will help all of us to lessen our collective ecological footprint and expand our collective quality of living. Vote yes on Proposition 1.

Oct.
31st

BUSES: Service is a lifeline to many

As a student at the School of the Arts (S.O.T.A) in Tacoma, I regularly ride the bus down Pacific Avenue each day from Spanaway. Many of my fellow students arrive at S.O.T.A in a similar manner from all parts of Pierce County (and beyond). A bus is more than a transportation device, it is a lifeline for our school, as well as many others. Without bus service, our growing community of artists is threatened.

Many other citizens are also left vulnerable by the dramatic cuts in service that would ensue if this proposition goes down to defeat. Many that work

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