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MILITARY: Sacrifice finally getting spread around

Re: “500 make case against troop cuts” (TNT, 1-22).

Wait a minute!

The military drawdown we are experiencing nationwide is a good thing for all the usual reasons. We are mostly out of Iraq and Afghanistan. The major risks worldwide are few, and we still will have the most powerful military in the world.

The methods being employed may not be the best, but that is where we are right now. Thousands of men and women sacrificed their lives and bodies in two wars over the last 12 years while the rest of the population carried on with little or

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JBLM: Pierce County gets left behind again

Re: “500 make case against troop cuts” (TNT, 1-22).

I attended the public forum Wednesday at Clover Park Technical College on the Army proposal to cut back 11,000 civilian and military jobs at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. It struck me that once again Pierce County is being left behind by our state and national representatives.

If Boeing were proposing to cut 11,000 jobs in King and Snohomish counties, I am sure that the state and national political leaders would respond loud and clear in opposition, as well as finding tax incentives for the jobs to stay.

At the forum, we heard

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TRAFFIC: Lakewood-Tillicum bike lane would help

Re: “Officials have plan but no funds for I-5″ (TNT, 1-14).

A significant issue which was overlooked in the article about chronic Interstate 5 traffic congestion in the Joint Base Lewis-McChord area is the absence of any connecting link (other than I-5 itself) between Lakewood and Tillicum.

A new frontage road between the Gravelly Lake and Thorn Lane exits should be an important part of the long-range I-5 rebuilding plan. In the meantime, and at only modest expense, a simple, fence-separated bicycle and pedestrian path could be built alongside the noise-reduction walls south of the freeway.

This would allow well-separated and safer travel

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ROADS: Talk, half-measures won’t solve I-5 mess

The new I-405. That was the graffiti on the overpass describing the congested Interstate 5 corridor around Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Yes, it is a mess and getting worse, but nothing happens but talk and half-measures. Legislators have ideas for improvement but no money, so they are thinking of raising the gas tax by 12 cents.

The last gas tax increase in 2005 was supposed to be the end all and be all for better roads. What happened?

What about the half-measure of spending two years and millions to put metering lights at on-ramps and computerized signs that tell you how

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ELECTION: Reichert has worked for veterans

An online letter writer (TNT, 9-30) objected to The News Tribune editorial board’s endorsement (editorial, 9-30) of Congressman Dave Reichert in the 8th District. I vehemently disagree with the writer’s reasoning and can only conclude that he is insulting this 30-year Air Force veteran, my veteran friends (including Reichert) and the voters of the 8th District by calling us anti-veteran.

Reichert has stood up for us. For example, his “Housing for Heroes” legislation, which combats veteran homelessness, was included in “The Honoring America’s Veteran’s Act” signed into law in 2012. Reichert has also been a leading advocate for not

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JBLM: New system isn’t secure enough

Despite significant concern by the federal government regarding terrorist activity, there seems to be no concern at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

An automated system has been implemented allowing a vehicle’s driver to scan his or her identification card, open the gate and proceed onto the base. There is no concern about any of the passengers’ eligibility to access the base or the possibility that the driver’s identification card may have been stolen and is being misused to obtain entrance to the base.

Utilizing the previous “hands-on check” of each person’s eligibility to enter the base is the only way to avoid

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JBLM: Community wants military, sort of

Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield wrote about the negative impact reductions at Joint Base Lewis-McChord would have on local communities (Viewpoint, 8-3). On Aug. 7, concerned leaders and Congressman Denny Heck met with business owners and concerned citizens (TNT, 8-8).

All concerns seem to be are about the loss of money, not people. Write letters, were the instructions. But I and many other veterans still have stinging ears from years of complaints.

The message has always been that yes, they love the military, but can you do your

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JBLM: Military personnel present an easy target

Re: “Public input crucial about proposed JBLM cuts” (Viewpoint, 8-3).

Major cuts coming down the pike for the Defense Department are a forgone conclusion. Personnel no longer needed to support a high tempo of combat deployments become an easy (and fairly large) target for these major cuts (and we are talking the use of a chainsaw, not a surgical scalpel) – plus personnel cuts are less painful to all those large corporations selling high-priced military hardware (after all, their pain is also heartfelt by those members of Congress who depend upon their campaign donations).

Pink slips have already gone

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