Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Dick Muri

Feb.
17th

TAXES: Pay attention to school funding bill

Re: “County property taxes climb by 7.7%” (TNT, 2-16).

Thanks for explaining why our property taxes are increasing at a rapid rate. It’s important for Pierce County residents to know there are costly consequences, even for renters, to approving levies and bonds for many public services.

Property tax increases have reached a level of taxpayer generosity resulting in less support of levies and bonds in parts of Pierce County and the state. The Feb. 10 special election in 35 counties had 131 levies and bonds on the ballot. Some important school bonds and maintenance and operation levies failed because voters are

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Oct.
22nd

ELECTION: Dick Muri’s best on JBLM issues

There are significant contrasts between Denny Heck and Dick Muri, the candidates for the new 10th Congressional District. Heck did not bother to participate personally in the first three public forums held in Graham, West Olympia and Steilacoom. Muri participated in all three to give maximum personal interface opportunities to voters.

Muri joined Heck in the fourth public forum held in downtown Olympia that was organized in part by the Olympian newspaper. The TNT gave extensive coverage on some of the the issues, but rightfully did not include many that were Washington state issues in current referendums.

But the TNT

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Oct.
19th

ELECTION: Kilmer hypocritical about wealth

Re: “Denny Heck collects more than Dick Muri” (TNT, 10-16).

Why not hold everyone to the same standards? In this article, Democrat Derek Kilmer’s quote against his Republican opponent in the 6th District, Bill Driscoll, stood out: “There are 253 millionaires in our Congress, and he would like your vote to make him No. 254.”

His argument can be used against his fellow Democrat running in the new 10th District, Denny Heck, as well. Heck is a millionaire, as is Bill Driscoll; however, Kilmer has endorsed Heck, despite the fact that if elected, he would add to the numbers

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Oct.
18th

ELECTION: 10th District needs Dick Muri

Dick Muri has represented his district and the citizens of Pierce County well while serving on the County Council. His accomplishments during his tenure include a balanced county budget and a “rainy day” reserve fund, cutting waste and inefficiencies within county government, promoting local jobs by easing rules for employers, and preservation of hundreds of acres of wilderness so as to provide for habitat protection and recreational uses.

Being a 22-year Air Force veteran, Muri understands veterans issues and is committed to protecting veterans and their families. He is also very aware of the significance of Joint Base Lewis-McChord and

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Aug.
21st

ELECTION: Heck supports common-sense legislation

Re: “Muri shows middle-class values” (letter, 8-16).

I was struck by the many false claims and half-truths in this letter supporting Pierce County Councilman Dick Muri for U.S. Congress, mostly about the Affordable Care Act signed into law by President Obama – a law which I strongly support, and so does Denny Heck.

Heck will be a solid voice for middle-class residents of the 10th Congressional District by supporting laws such as the Affordable Care Act which introduce common-sense reforms into the health insurance market, prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions, and slow the

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Aug.
17th

ELECTION: Heck’s goals are strongly middle class

The recent letter, “Muri shows middle-class values” (TNT, 8-16) caught my attention for its unfair and untrue implications about Denny Heck.

Heck is most certainly defending middle-class values. He wants to stimulate jobs that would bolster the middle class in America. He knows that investing in roads, bridges, schools and other public facilities would create the jobs that allow people to live a middle-class life.

Just ask some of the people who are working on street-improvement jobs in Steilacoom or who upgraded parts of Steilacoom Boulevard in Lakewood last year. These improvements were funded by state and federal government

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Aug.
15th

ELECTION: Muri reflects middle-class values

Tenth Congressional District candidate Denny Heck states that he supports the policies of President Obama; that he and the president are defending “America’s middle-class values.”

To what values is he referring? Are they the values of an unemployment rate of over 8 percent, with an estimated 23 million Americans either unemployed or no longer looking for employment?

Are they the values of Obamacare, which promised that medical insurance rates for the middle class would be reduced but have instead, increased?

Are they the values of the Obamacare that defunds Medicare by $716 billion so that senior citizens will ultimately be

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July
30th

ELECTION: Candidates’ actions are telling

Re: “Candidates clash over study session” (TNT, 7-29).

The article gave me great insight into the motivation of congressional candidates Stan Flemming and Dick Muri. Flemming criticized Muri, saying he “chose to blow off the constituents of the 10th District so he could sit and dine on a bbq chicken luncheon which he felt was more important.”

That luncheon was a Pierce County Council study session. As I see it, Flemming’s priorities were politics over doing his job as a County Council member. Muri chose doing the job he was elected for over campaigning for election. Flemming “blew off”

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