Letters to the Editor

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Tag: government

Aug.
1st

GOVERNMENT: Once upon a time . . .

I’m sitting here sorrowful – and angry. Seems like our government of the people, by the people, and for the people is a USTABE – that is, it used to be something different.

Never before in my 80-some years have I witnessed the bickering, partisan ugliness over vital issues that the current bunch in our nation’s capital have been displaying. I’m a proud ex-federal employee with more than 30 years in honest service to the Air Force and Veteran’s Administration. As such, my service was often defined by what the politicians would allow, but I seldom, if ever, doubted that

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July
26th

GOVERNMENT: Greed is bringing our nation down

Our dysfunctional government and the people we’ve elected – both Democrat and Republican – can’t lead or work together. This country is in big trouble.

But wait, there’s some good news: The billionaire and millionaire playboys of the NFL have come to an agreement on how to split up their loot, and there will be football this year. Don’t mention that most of us can only afford to watch it on TV, if then.

What’s wrong with this picture? There’s a pervasive greed at the top that’s bringing this once great nation down. Where are the human values that were

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July
28th

GOVERNMENT: Flaws reflect the larger society

Richard S. Davis’ column (TNT, 7-28) about the importance of carefully scrutinizing government activity was, for a change, very well done.

A functioning society operates best when we can expect good faith on the part of all members. The failure of government to sometimes meet that standard is not surprising when we look at the larger society.

While many businesses are good citizens, the news often makes it clear that big business shows no remorse in not disclosing the truth about its products or their defects. Pitting states or municipalities against each other to leverage the biggest tax breaks is

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July
26th

GOVERNMENT: Establish secretary for efficiency

Every department of the federal government is burdened and stifled with fraud, waste, abuse and useless practices. Each has an inspector general who has been unable or unwilling to attack the debilitating malpractices.

In addition to the waste and ineffectiveness of the cabinet functions, there are many bureaucracies which are probably more wasteful than the cabinet departments. The new “czarships” are even more wasteful and useless.

To begin to correct these obvious and growing detrimental practices, I urge all candidates to commit themselves to establish a new cabinet position – secretary for efficiency – to singularly attack and reduce all

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July
16th

GOVERNMENT: Lack of accountability baffling

Two articles on Friday (“Report details costly SR16 error” and “City, EPA agree on $525,000 in penalties”) address wrongdoing by governmental agencies: the state Department of Transportation for the botched job on the Sprague Avenue offramp and the City of Tacoma Waste Management division for emissions from recycled refrigerators over a three-year period.

The former example will cost taxpayers approximately $900,000 in repair funds. The latter will cost not only the $525,000 in fines exacted by Environmental Protection Agency but an “atonement” for the city’s errors in the amount of $300,000 for improvements to reduce air pollution from its operations.

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July
1st

GOVERNMENT: Where is the stewardship?

Stewardship: The careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.

Consider these examples of the opposite:

• Misplacement of an offramp requiring an enormous cost overrun, with no one held accountable

• Building a park below the level of surrounding ground with a drain above the park level, resulting in a park under water several times a year requiring repaving and cleanup after each heavy rain. No one is held accountable.

• Salaries of college coaches that extremely exceed those of academia; irresponsible use of funds and inane planning for the future of our children.

• Special interest

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