Letters to the Editor

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Tag: John Knutsen

Jan.
13th

PUYALLUP: Mayor ignorant about shelter program

Re: “Assault causes security worries at library” (TNT, 1-8).

Recent violence at Puyallup’s library is inexcusable. However, Mayor John Knutsen’s irrational, misleading remarks reveal ignorance of a shelter program as well as problem-solving skills.

Freezing Nights churches, the sole east Pierce County shelter resource, has quietly pursued its mission for 10 years. Enduring considerable stonewalling, they complied with any city and community operating requests. Freezing Nights does not serve nor is responsible for all Puyallup’s homeless population.

Good Samaritan Hospital and Puyallup police frequently bring indigent outpatients and at-risk street people to church shelters. This community service provides shelter, food,

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July
17th

PUYALLUP: Mayor doesn’t realize he isn’t funny

Hats off to those Puyallup City Council members who stood up in public and made Mayor John Knutsen take responsibility for derogatory comments made to a city employee (TNT, 7-17).

As usual, Knutsen shrugged it off as just a joke, or an attempt at humor like that once used by Jerry Seinfeld. What is the difference between Mayor Knutsen and Jerry Seinfeld? Seinfeld is funny. Oh, and it was television, not real life. Wake up, mayor. The reruns are over.

Having sat through many Tuesday nights on the dais listening to then Councilman Knutsen try his best at being

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Oct.
18th

PUYALLUP: City Council needs fresh voices

The News Tribune editorial board got it right when it endorsed Heather Shadko and Julie Door for Puyallup City Council (editorial, 10-17).

I would have liked to see Corry Glucoft endorsed as well for the District 1 council position.

The editorial did note that her opponent consistently aligns himself with council members Rick Hansen, John Knutsen and Steve Vermillion. This foursome has created a troublesome majority, a lot of dissension and uncivilized behavior on the council.

Glucoft would bring a fresh voice to the council, with new ideas and vision for the city. The TNT referred to Glucoft as

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Aug.
30th

PUYALLUP: Ex-council member educates the public?

Re: “City Council meeting soured by email debate” (letter, 8-20).

My attention was drawn to an online comment by Nicole Hilton-Martineau, a former council member.

She began by stating that “we tried to pass rules of decorum” and continued with “Knutsen and Hansen wouldn’t support it.” She admitted that she also voted against the measure. By her attempt to place blame on John Knutsen and Rick Hansen, she ignored the fact that six of seven council members voted against defining rules of decorum for citizens comment during council meetings.

Apparently still upset over her loss of the at-large council

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July
15th

PUYALLUP: Officials shouldn’t meet privately

Re: “Daffodil land’s future sparks political fire” (TNT, 7-14).

Here in Puyallup we keep hearing, from a quorum of four City Council members, about open government. The article shows another example of not practicing what you preach. Mayor Rick Hansen states he saw” nothing wrong” with the private meeting of two Planning Commission members and a developer, a land-use applicant. But he did not see anything wrong with most of what he does either. He did go to some special training.

We remember the big brouhaha about the three City Council members meeting with the former city manager. Councilman John

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April
3rd

PUYALLUP: City parks now on the right path

Now that the Puyallup Parks Department saga seems to be complete, I would like to take the time to thank those involved who contributed to its positive outcome.

Puyallup now has two major assets on its hands thanks to this process: a thorough, transparent study of the Parks and Recreation Department done by city staff and a strong, knowledgeable parks director in Sarah Harris.

This process that was undertaken was not easy. Rumors about the demise of the department and city parks only increased its difficulty. That is why I would like to thank City Manager Bill McDonald for undertaking

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Feb.
20th

PUYALLUP: Heed the public on parks

Re: “Puyallup leaders bristle over parks ‘hysteria’” (TNT, 2-20).

Puyallup leaders’ response in regard to the parks study reveals a disdain that has overshadowed this process from the onset. City Manager Bill McDonald’s appointed team of six have conducted their analysis without transparency and input from the public or the Parks, Recreation and Senior Advisory Board.

This closed process is emblematic of someone who started with a conclusion and seeks the information with which to support his findings and doesn’t intend to brook any interference. McDonald fired the parks and recreation director, divided the parks division from the recreation

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Oct.
24th

PUYALLUP ELECTION: Vermillion’s the best choice

At the last council meeting, Nicole Martineau voted to pass the first reading of a comp. plan that calls for cluster housing and five- to six-story buildings in downtown River Road area. At a campaign forum she stated it is time for Puyallup to change direction.

Steve Vermillion won the Silver Star in Vietnam for flying his medical evacuation helicopter into enemy fire to save injured and dying soldiers. Now it is time for him to drive his car to a seat on the Puyallup City Council and help save the City from those who would change it into Bellevue.

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