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NEWS: The real world doesn’t look so hopeful

Re: “The real world offers reason for hope” (letter, 11-14).

Huh? The market is so high because the Federal Reserve injects $85 billion of borrowed money into the market every month. When the Fed even mentions that it is “thinking” about tapering, the market drops like a stone instead of floating like the balloon that it is. Can you say $17 trillion debt?

The job numbers are “encouraging” because the government doesn’t count the millions who have had their benefits end. Somehow they know how many “disenchanted” workers are out there, but they don’t count. How does that figure?

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CONGRESS: Enjoy summer and fear the fall

With the housing market, jobs, retail sales and construction on the rise; mortgage rates holding steady; and the annual deficit decreasing, I see reason for optimism.

On the other side of the coin, I see the conservative fringe of the Republican Party threatening some very bad behavior in the fall session of congress. If we can believe their summer recess threats, we face a possible government shutdown and lower taxes for the rich, with all the benefits that trickle down to the working class.

Their proposed social agenda is equally as destructive: Further attacks on women’s reproductive rights, suppression of

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HOUSING: New rules don’t seem realistic

Re: “Housing vouchers no longer for a lifetime” (TNT, 6-30).

I am skeptical of the Tacoma Housing Authority’s new rules that assume people who are on the program will be self-sufficient in a five-year period. I have my doubts that the availability of jobs these people qualify for will automatically make them self-sufficient.

The typical job a low-income person gets is a minimum-wage position that is not always full time and pay enough to cover all expenses. Others, such as a parent with a child with a disability, may make the decision not to work because the specialized care

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TACOMA: Offenders need places to live, too

Re: “Program could boost housing for offenders” (TNT, 4-17).

Offenders being released have served their time in prison, whether it may be two years or 10. For whatever reason they were imprisoned, they received their punishment.

Offenders will always be released from prison sooner or later. So what if their family doesn’t take them in? What if they have nowhere else to stay? Wouldn’t this result in increased rates of homelessness?

Tacoma’s 18-month pilot project to house offenders is a wonderful opportunity for offenders to show they are like anyone else, they just made mistakes in their past. This

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BUDGET: Senate plan would hurt needy people

The state Senate operating and capital budgets proposed in the past two weeks would cut housing, health care and child care for vulnerable citizens in these ways:

• Eliminating the Aged, Blind and Disabled program.

• Cutting state homelessness programs by 52 percent.

• Increasing the number of people experiencing homelessness during the 2013-2015 biennium by 20,400 more people.

• Drastically cutting a variety of safety net programs like Temporary Assistance to Needy Families and Working Connections Child Care.

• Significantly cutting the Housing Trust Fund

While an education-focused budget for K-12 and higher education will help solve many of

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MORTGAGES: Customers now treated like crooks

What did we, the consumers, do to deserve the treatment we now receive from mortgage companies? How is it that they can now require us to prove where every deposit greater than $100 came from? How can they use words “money laundering” when asking about deposits?

Unless I have lost my mind or my memory is gone, it seems to me it was the banks and the mortgage companies that came up with off-the-wall loans whereby anyone with any sign of life could qualify. We, as consumers, didn’t do this. We went to apply for a mortgage and all was

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BANKS: Lenders making out like bandits

Re: “Profits soar at 2 largest mortgage lenders” (TNT, 10-13).

This article was tempered with information about the big banks’ tax write-offs, considering their predatory behavior led to the collapse of the housing market.

The bankers knew the risk involved with ARM loans, questionable second mortgages and easily available equity credit. To protect themselves, the banks bundled the loans and sold them to unsuspecting investors, making a profit on top of the home loans.

When the economy collapsed, the banks claimed they were on the brink of insolvency and turned to the federal government for help. The taxpayers were

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ELECTION: McKenna looks good on jobs

The News Tribune reports that Washington’s unemployment rate is one of the highest in the country, and Pierce County continues to experience a decline in the numbers of jobs. We simply need a fresh approach.

As the president of the Tacoma–Pierce County Association of Realtors, I am keenly aware of the need for more jobs. Once people feel sure about jobs they think more confidently about buying a home. As a small business owner, I understand that we need to create a better business climate in our state so that more jobs are generated. I believe these are the reasons

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