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Tag: Joint Base Lewis-McChord


TERRORISM: We helped create Islamic extremism

I was entering the main gate at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Friday, and several security people were conducting a random search on one of the vehicles entering the base.

The unarmed lady who was the car’s driver was about 5 feet tall and a bit elderly. It took three security guys with M-16s to search her car to ensure she and the vehicle were not a threat to national security. A bit of an overkill, in my view.

The biggest threat to national security is not Islamic terrorism but our government and its policies. The reason we have Islamic terrorism is because we can’t stop meddling

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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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OBAMA: Some suggestions for presidential visits

The president recently visited Seattle primarily for fundraisers and rallies. SeaTac flights were interrupted. Freeways closed in all directions. Our traffic became a nightmare when it is normally only a bad dream. The monorail was interrupted.

Of course, the president is welcome to join us any time, but while reasonable security is required, we all realize that the Secret Service cannot fully protect him from an industrious kook or group wanting to do harm. So here are some suggestions:

• Land and park Air Force One at the secure Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

• Any of our military bases would be

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JBLM: Another war, another noise complaint

Re: “Flying low, loud, late and illegal near JBLM” (TNT, 8-4).

Oh, the poor things! The article on Joint Base Lewis-McChord helicopter noise brought back memories to this old retired Air Force pilot.

It was during our “forgotten war” in Korea that this young pilot was sent to Palm Beach Air Force Base, Fla., to complete transition into a new aircraft. After completing ground school we eagerly started learning to fly the new machines and were somewhat surprised and dismayed to be told that takeoffs were to be after 9 a.m. and all landings before 5 p.m.

After all,

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AIRCRAFT: Greener skies for Seattle, noisier for us

The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing a plan to shift aircraft approaches to Sea-Tac airport. The main reason for this change is: fewer flights over North Seattle homes and lower emissions.

That’s nice, but the revised plans call for flights arriving from the southwest, rather than dog-legging over Olympia, to be replaced by more direct routings over Joint Base Lewis-McChord and the neighborhoods north of state Route 16.

At least the cacophonous noise of those 100 to 150 daily overflights should add joy to the residents who for the past 12 years have been subjected to extreme noise levels of

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JBLM: 9th Infantry would be a better fit

It was great news to read (TNT, 4-27) that a division headquarters will once again be assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Veterans of the 7th Infantry Division should be pleased.

However, I think a better fit for JBLM would have been the 9th Infantry Division. The 9th ID shares 20 years of history with Fort Lewis and was the senior unit on post prior to the reactivation of I Corps.

Further, in the 1980s, the division – serving as the Army’s High Technology Test Bed and evolving into the Army’s only motorized infantry division – laid the foundation for the

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