Letters to the Editor

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Tag: fircrest

Jan.
26th

FIRCREST: Let voters decide on liquor sales

It is disheartening to see state Sen. Steve O’Ban and other Pierce County legislators propose to take power from Fircrest voters (TNT, 1-26). Under his proposal, voters could no longer decide whether Fircrest should be wet or dry.

Personally, I would probably favor allowing citywide sale of liquor by the glass. However, state legislators and City Council members should not team up to strip the vote from Fircrest citizens. Legislators should not accommodate the chronic difficulties some Fircrest officials have in convincing Fircrest’s citizens of good policy.

Not long ago, the Fircrest City Council attempted special treatment so Wal-Mart

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Aug.
13th

FIRCREST: City Council right on fluoridation

Re: “Fircrest water will continue to be fluoridated” (TNT, 8-13).

I have been following this “debate” on eliminating fluoridation in the Fircrest water supply since it started. The members of the Fircrest City Council who voted to keep the Fircrest fluoridation policy in place deserve our continued support on this issue.

I am old enough to remember the original pseudo-arguments against fluoridation when water suppliers began to add fluoride to drinking water. Not much has changed in all of these decades.

The science and policy are clear, and the results are in: Fluoridation works. After nearly 70 years of

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Aug.
11th

FIRCREST: Stop tearing down our history

As a Fircrest resident and teacher, I was happy to read about the adjustments by the Tacoma School District to the schools in Fircrest. However, I was shocked to read that Wainwright, “constructed in 1924, needs to be replaced due to its age” (TNT, 7-25).

I am saddened by how often schools are torn down and replaced, especially by the Tacoma School District. I am a fan of mid-century architecture; I am always sad when schools from the 1950s and 1960s are torn down because they are not deemed attractive, as Hunt Middle School will be.

Wainwright, with its

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July
30th

FIRCREST: Don’t force fluoride on residents

Re: “It would be foolish to end water fluoridation in Fircrest” (Viewpoint, 7-27).

I live in Fircrest and want fluoride-free water in my home. There is nothing foolish or radical about expecting clean water from my own tap. My family uses fluoride every day. But we should determine if we want to drink it; the City Council should not decide for us.

Fluoride-free water does not cause tooth decay; too much sugar and poor dental hygiene does. Compared to 1957, fluoride is available everywhere. Drinking water is not the only source of fluoride, nor is fluoridated water the only

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Nov.
11th

FIRCREST: Council inaction one reason for ousters

Re: “Fircrest council loses 2 longtime members” (TNT, 11-10).

The mayor of Fircrest said that he couldn’t pinpoint a single divisive issue that might have prompted voters to oust two longstanding incumbents. May I suggest to him the divisive issue of the groundwater problem on property between Ramsdell Street and Whittier Elementary School?

In early spring of this year, more than 50 people turned out for a council meeting, the largest gathering of people for a council meeting that the mayor had seen. The group was asking the council for help in organizing a plan to find out why

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Oct.
30th

FIRCEST: Medley will bring fresh perspective

We had the opportunity recently to speak with Jason Medley, a very energetic and conscientious candidate for Fircrest City Council. We talked at length about his priorities and vision for the city: keeping the sewer project moving forward in a financially sound manner, the flooding issue behind Whittier school, the maintenance of our parks and the importance of our police department.

Medley told us that his motivation for running for council was that he grew up in Fircrest and wants to give back to the city as well as preserve the quality of the city for his children and the

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Oct.
29th

FIRCREST: Jolibois has vision that city needs

Fircrest City Councilman Matthew Jolibois’ vision is a breath of fresh air amongst the repetitious blinders of do-nothing politicians. He listens to citizens and meets regularly with them. He is actively going door-to-door meeting with residents and earning their vote. He is using only local vendors for his campaign materials to ensure he is supporting local business owners.

Jolibois doesn’t play follow-the-leader on council, and his common-sense approach has led to millions of dollars of savings for taxpayers. He has proven time and time again that he gets the job done, whether it’s introducing a nontraditional means of installing sewer

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Oct.
24th

ELECTION: Fircrest needs Owens on City Council

After attending more City Council meetings than I can count, one thing is evident: Fircrest needs change. Kathy Owens represents the kind of change we need.

I served with Owens during her tenure on the Fircrest Community Center Advisory Committee. Her passion and dedication to making Fircrest better for every resident was ever present and tireless. Her efforts on the committee ultimately led to the long overdue comprehensive plan rewrite currently in process. Once complete, that plan will pave the way for much-needed improvements to our parks and recreation facilities.

Owens is consistently professional, practical, and level-headed. These qualities will

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