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Tag: Jay Inslee


COAL: Lummis right to oppose coal terminal

Re: “Lummi Nation’s stance could stop proposed coal terminal” (thenewstribune.com, 8-1).

I applaud the Lummi Nation for voicing its opposition to the proposed coal export terminal at Cherry Point. I also applaud Gov. Jay Inslee and the Department of Ecology for looking at the wide-ranging impacts of coal-export proposals.

Not only would these dirty projects disrupt important native cultural sites and damage the shoreline, they would disrupt our life here in Tacoma with 18 more mile-long coal trains running every day along the Ruston Way waterfront.

Traffic congestion, health impacts of coal dust and train exhaust, climate pollution from

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RECORDS: Lawmakers try to reduce public access

Well, there they go again. State and local lawmakers continue to attack our Public Records Act, which helps ensure the public’s right to know what our governments are doing.

For example, in our state House, a sizable number of representatives – let’s say the Gang of 26 – sponsored House Bill 1128. Five notable culprits of that gang are state Reps. Dawn Morrell, D-Puyallup; Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard; Larry Seaquist, D-Gig Harbor; Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma; and Tami Green, D-Lakewood.

I’m tired of people reaching into my wallet without my knowledge and permission, and then preventing taxpayers from knowing about the

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BUDGET: Shutdown would disrupt critical services

Re: “Governor plans in case budget talks fail” (TNT, 6-12).

Among those feeling anxious about a possible state government shutdown, are people who may lose access to life-saving health-care coverage while the Legislature still works on passing a budget. The needs of the patients we see at Community Health Care in Tacoma will not pause on July 1, nor will our need for critical resources to provide for our patients.

There is no time like the present for legislators to come to an agreement. I urge them to pass a reasonable budget that not only keeps critical services running,

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PARKS: State funding vital for improvements

The biking trail in Swan Creek Park (TNT, 5-3) is off to a great start, but future trails and other improvements to the park hang in the balance of budget negotiations in the state Legislature.

Metro Parks Tacoma has applied for a Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program grant that would increase park access, expand existing trail networks, provide amenities that would attract new visitors and expand the community garden program. We thank Gov. Jay Inslee for recommending $75 million for the WWRP grant program, funding Swan Creek Park. Unfortunately, the House and Senate budgets fall short of this level.

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STALKING: New law will help protect victims

This Saturday ends a three-year pursuit for a better way to protect those who are stranger stalked, like my daughter Jennifer Paulson. Gov. Jay Inslee will be in Tacoma at Birney Elementary School at 11:30 a.m. to sign the Jennifer Paulson Stalking Protection Order Act. All are welcome to attend.

When this bill goes into effect, it will separate stalking from anti-harassment orders; therefore, the criminal justice system hopefully will place the importance all the state legislators placed on protecting the stranger-stalked. This may require extra effort on the “systems” part to learn about and know the perpetrator in order

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INSLEE: New governor steps up on education

Our new governor may have taken some by surprise. Jay Inslee is showing himself to be a hands-on kind of guy for all of the three months that he has been in office.

I applaud him for coming out swinging on multiple fronts, but specifically on education. Intransigent opposition, denial and excuses have left the children of Washington twisting in the wind, neglected by our elected representatives, through good economic times and bad. It would appear that never is always the best time for some.

Inslee is correct: Now is the time, and we can do hard things. He has

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ENERGY: Envision a solar-powered future

Washington leaders should acknowledge and prioritize the clear environmental and economic benefits of cultivating the solar industry in Washington. A new report by Environment Washington, Solar Works for Washington, illustrates a variety of ways to utilize solar energy in Washington, while also highlighting the environmental and economic benefits of encouraging solar development.

Environment Washington’s report shows how we can get 5.5 percent of our electricity needs through solar by 2025 by utilizing rooftop solar, solar hot water heaters and utility scale solar. Fostering a thriving solar industry in Washington could create thousands of installation, maintenance and manufacturing jobs, and

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POT: Inslee’s focus on marijuana is misdirected

Re: “Inslee wants to put end to pot smoking in bars” (TNT, 4-1).

If I could say a few things to the new governor, I would remind him that firehouses are closing,
nuclear waste is leaking and people are shooting each other at an ever-escalating rate. These are just a few of the hundreds of very serious issues facing our state.

What’s not a serious issue is who is smoking pot in private rooms. He needs to focus his time on the serious issues.