Letters to the Editor

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Tag: county council

March
27th

COUNTY: Does anyone know what time it is?

Re: Pierce County Council member Connie Ladenburg’s proposal to move council meetings to a later start time of 5 p.m., allowing for more citizen participation (TNT, 3-26).

My former colleague on the University Place City Council, County Council member Stan Flemming, must be truly stressed about turning 60 at the end of this month. Always a clear thinker with an elephant’s memory, Flemming was quoted as saying that “we were lucky to get one person to show up” – referring to a 6 p.m. start time for University Place council meetings.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise, because our

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March
27th

COUNTY: Council needs to hold meetings later

Re: “Council puts off decision on later start for meetings” (TNT, 3-26).

The Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington says, “Public hearings . . . assure, at a minimum, the rights of interested citizen to attend and/or testify. . . . Scheduling convenient times and providing comfortable settings encourages participation.”

Public oversight of our representatives’ spending decisions keeps those representatives accountable and helps ensure taxpayers’ money is not wasted on things the public does not want or need. Only seven of 50 Pierce County Council meetings per year are held after 5 p.m., so most citizens are prevented

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July
2nd

FIREWORKS: Council members were derelict

As election time draws near, it is time to reflect on the Pierce County Council’s vote last February regarding restrictions on the use of fireworks.

The proposal as presented would have reduced the number of days to legally use fireworks. The only council member to vote for this measure was Dick Muri. Dan Roach was conveniently absent, and all the others voted to allow the unrestricted and uncontrolled use of fireworks. Roger Bush said that such a law would be “unenforceable.”

Muri is to be commended for his vote and his willingness to defy the financial interests that support the

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April
27th

PIERCE COUNTY: TNT missed the real story

The News Tribune and many of its readers have had some fun with one of the County Council members who took some wrong turns and got lost heading to a meeting on the Key Peninsula (TNT, 4-26).

That’s understandable. Elected officials are fair game for public criticism, and I’m sure she is getting some ribbing from family and friends as well.

The News Tribune got lost itself in reporting about this meeting. Here are just a couple examples of what your readers could have learned.

Greg Anglemyer, president of the Key Peninsula Park District, discussed the park and recreation

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June
7th

COUNTY COUNCIL: Your phones are ringing

I moved to Pierce county ten years ago. I was elected, by default, as the Water Commissioner in the Kapowsin area. This experience opened my eyes to a political world. The Pierce County Council has recently passed a resolution that suggests all county businesses use E-Verify. Does this affect us…..nope. It changes nothing.

I spent three hours listening to two basics stories. One, old white grouchy people that want the illegals to go home, and two, illegals claiming to be the victims of evil corporate America. Both are a load of crap!

The resolution carries the weight of

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