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NARROWS: Rising toll takes a toll on seniors

I’m an 88-year-old Gig Harbor resident who visits my husband daily in a Tacoma care home. The bridge toll is $4.50 with the Good To Go pass. In July, rates will rise to $5 and then rise again in 2016 and 2017. My toll at $5 will total $1,825 per year.

Many senior citizens cannot afford that. The higher the toll, the fewer people will cross the bridge, if they have a choice. Isn’t that “pricing yourself out of the market”?

To prove my point, due to the toll increase:

• A friend’s daughter on Fox Island never goes to Tacoma

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GIG HARBOR: Where’s transparency about taxes?

The majority of the Gig Harbor City Council has asked the state Legislature in Olympia to increase Gig Harbor property taxes above the normal increase.

If property taxes need to be increased, wouldn’t it be better to have this need and discussion on the agenda, in a publicized meeting, instead of making this request on the sly? This request appeared on one of those consent agendas, under Intergovernmental Affairs Committee minutes as part of the council’s 2015 Legislative Agenda.

Also in the council’s agenda is a request to the Legislature to limit access to public information. Perhaps some council members think residents don’t need

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ELECTION: Derek Young knows District 7

Pierce County Council District 7 is diverse with large rural areas (Key Peninsula, Fox Island and Raft Island); miles of saltwater shoreline; and cities and towns like Tacoma, Gig Harbor and Ruston. It takes a special leader to serve all the needs of this diverse constituency.

The residents of District 7 have a great opportunity to elect a person to the County Council who is dedicated and will be on the job full time. This person is Derek Young.

Young defeated the incumbent in the August primary and has doubled his efforts to reach out to residents. He is the only

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TRAFFIC: Olympic exit long has frustrated drivers

Re: “Backed-up Gig Harbor traffic could get worse” (TNT, 8-23).

Joseph Perez, Olympic region assistant traffic design engineer, needs to leave his Olympia ivory tower and do some field research.

“Based on our analysis, we don’t show backups on the state facilities,” Perez said.

I don’t know where “state facilities” end and local facilities begin at freeway exits, but backups in both directions at the Olympic exit were a daily occurrence before the repair project began. The Olympic exit from state Route 16 has been an F-rated intersection for year.

An F rating means that on at least one

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PENINSULA: Passing school measures the right thing to do

I spent more than 40 years as a teacher and head of private schools, including Charles Wright Academy in University Place. My wife and I and all three of our children attended exclusively private schools and colleges. But we will vote for the Peninsula School District’s levy and bonds. Why?

• In civilized countries, adults assume responsibility for all children – not just their own. They want all children and young adults to have the education which is essential for the community’s long-term well-being. Parents can’t do it all.

• Today’s children are tomorrow’s workers and leaders. The health of

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GIG HARBOR: Questions for Mayor Guernsey

Mayor Jill Guernsey is pleading for a new city position: economic development manager/deputy city administrator. But the budgeted amount for this position is $15,000 per month.

Gig Harbor is a town of 7,126 population. The City of Lakewood is also looking to fill a similar assistant position. It is offering between $4,300 and $5,500 per month – for a city with a population of 58,800.

There are people in Gig Harbor already doing these jobs. Who is Guernsey going to fire?

Other questions: Just how many more areas are there in Gig Harbor for major development? Did anyone in the

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SMOKING: Lakewood council should be ashamed

Re: “Lakewood backs off ban on tobacco in parks” (TNT, 1-19).

It’s 2014, and despite volumes of evidence against tobacco, the Lakewood City Council is suggesting it may not support a smoking ban in Lakewood’s parks. With the City of Tacoma passing a similar ban in 2009, Gig Harbor in 2007 and Puyallup in 2005, I thought this was a no-brainer.

The council suggested that education would be the way to go. However, today everyone over the age of 3 already knows smoking is incredibly unhealthy for everyone. It’s been documented in previous TNT articles and elsewhere that the

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PARKS: Peninsula owes debt to Vernon Young

Re: “Gig Harbor man’s legacy can be found outdoors” (TNT, 1-12).

The entire Gig Harbor Peninsula owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to Vernon Young’s tireless efforts to build parks and trails.

The article was a nice tribute to Young’s legacy, but didn’t stress just how important his impact was. Without Young, there might not be a PenMet Parks District, and without his hard work, many of our lands wouldn’t be in our possession. His legacy won’t be just the parks, trails and lands he helped acquire, build and maintain, but also a shining example how one man’s dedication

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