Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Jake Fey

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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Feb.
13th

POINT RUSTON: Why is Legislature intervening?

After reading the first comprehensive article about the City of Ruston v. Point Ruston developers, I wrote a letter pointing out some of the facts of the matter which ought to concern all our citizens (TNT, 2-5)

The Feb. 11 article (“Lawmakers add pressure in Ruston”) startled and upset me. Why should the state Legislature be brought in to settle what is essentially a local government dispute about issuing permits to a big money developer which is pushing the process?

The most obvious answer (to me) is that someone with a lot of clout (read, Point Ruston

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Oct.
28th

ELECTION: Fey, a voice for all of Tacoma

In what is shaping up to be a close race for the open legislative seat in the 27th District, I can say with confidence that Jake Fey is my choice. I voted for Jake because I am certain that he will represent all of Tacoma in Olympia. Jake Fey has done an excellent job representing Tacoma on the City Council and has lead and achieved results on the issues that matter most to our city.

Tacoma deserves a delegation with a broad range of expertise and experiences. Jake knows how to navigate the tough road to building transit, he understands

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Oct.
27th

ELECTION: Fey supports the environment

I have had the pleasure to work with Jake Fey for a decade on environmental issues in our community. Jake is a nationally-recognized leader of on alternative energy and energy conservation, in his work through Washington State University. A a Tacoma Public Utilities Board member he worked to get a reluctant utility to conserve more energy.

During his time as a Tacoma City Council member he has established a Green Ribbon Task Force on Climate Change to reduce our carbon footprint beyond Kyoto standards. He established the Office of Sustainability and a Sustainable Tacoma Commission.

Olympia desperately needs environmental champions.

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Oct.
26th

ELECTION: Fey’s money, behavior demonstrate worst of ‘career politics’

As a major in politics and government at the University of Puget Sound, one of the first things I learned was the dangerous effects of special interest money in politics. Researching the local race here in the 27th District, I was disappointed to discover that two-thirds of Jake Fey’s contributions come from non-individual sources. Three-fourths of the money raised by his opponent, Laurie Jinkins, comes from individual donors. This is an incredible contrast.

Based on the News Tribune’s coverage of Mr. Fey’s pension “double-dipping,” this also raises other concerns. Mr. Fey seems to be unable to garner financial support from

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Oct.
26th

ELECTION: Fey a public servant?

At a recent forum Mr. Fey referred to himself as a public servant.

I was astounded when I read how Jake Fey is using the system to fill his wallet. Public servant? “Servants’ don’t get Fey’s WSU salary which has grown 49% in 6 years to over $137,500…while I pay increasing tuition costs for our college son’s education.

The hurting pension fund pays Mr.Fey $20,595. Our great city doesn’t have roads without potholes, but it does have $41,947 salary and $48,534 pension to pay Mr.Fey. While I pay higher tuition at a state school, pay for new suspension for my

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Oct.
26th

ELECTION: Fey’s jab at Jinkins is unethical and disingenuous

I’m pretty angry at Jake Fey. We need to be able to have folks from our public services run for office. That is where some of our best people are, and without that option, the only access point into elected office will be through a career working for a big corporation, or a life born into a rich family.

It is good to have limiting laws to prevent corruption, but the Hatch act was not intended to stop anyone working in the public sector from running, and having Fey, the direct election opponent, make that assertion is just obscene. As

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Oct.
26th

ELECTION: Recent articles on Jinkins and Fey unfair

I was dismayed by the quality of journalism in the News Tribune’s Oct. 23 articles on Jake Fey and Laurie Jinkins. (“Fey takes advantage of ‘retire-rehire’ system” and “Jinkins’ candidacy for state House may violate federal act, say critics.”)

The information in these articles has long been available, and the articles appear timed to simply harm both candidates. If these two stories were intended to inform voters, they should have appeared sooner – not a week after ballots were sent out and some 39,000 Pierce County voters had already returned them.

Worse, the articles were misleading. Despite the headline’s implication

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