Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Legislature

Jan.
31st

LEGISLATURE: Why are we paying for office art, dry-cleaning?

Re: “State’s taxpayers pick up $5,600 dry-cleaning tab” (TNT, 1-30).

I’m really miffed. After Jan 1, I noted the tax deduction increase on my paycheck. Now it’s obvious why: The politicians want us to do their dirty laundry for them.

Our local “representatives” want us to pay for their tabs and they get a paycheck, too? If they have an office with a business phone line and artwork to make the office more “businesslike,” then they should claim it all on their own as a business expense, not expect us to pay for their tastes.

Will they sell the

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Dec.
20th

TACOMA: City joins others seeking campaign finance reform

On Tuesday, the Tacoma City Council joined more than 150 municipalities and counties throughout the United States by passing a resolution which states, in part, that corporations are not people with constitutional rights.

In this state, Tacoma joins Bellingham, Olympia, Port Townsend, Seattle, Jefferson County, Snohomish County and Island County in lobbying the state legislature to pass a memorial (formal request) to Congress requesting legislation to reverse the Citizens United Supreme Court decision of 2010. A change will most likely require an amendment to the Constitution.

The Tacoma City Council members spoke convincingly on their reasons for supporting or opposing

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Dec.
18th

POLITICS: Urban Democrats disrespect rural members

Pierce County Democrats have only themselves to blame for the one-vote leadership revolution in the state Senate.

Democrats failed to elect a Democrat in either the 2nd or 25th Legislative District. Many Tacoma Democrats thought former Sen. Jim Kastama was a Republican, but why was it so hard to elect a traditional Democrat in 2012? Just maybe Kastama was a more effective representative for his rural voters than recognized by Tacoma’s political activists. Now we can see how a real “R” senator looks and votes during the next four years.

In the 2nd, candidate Bruce Lachney was running an effective

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Dec.
18th

TNT: Disappointed in newspaper’s right turn

Re: “Two Democrats thwart will of Washington voters” (letter, 12-15).

The letter expresses my feelings about state Sens. Rodney Tom and Tim Sheldon. In the old days they would be labeled “turncoats.” And I am still in shock that The News Tribune supported Rob McKenna for governor considering the Associated Press reported his association with radical elements in the Tea Party and his meetings with and support from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

ALEC is an organization composed of tobacco, oil, NRA and big drug companies whose goal is to have many public services, such as schools, prisons,

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Dec.
12th

TNT: Two Democrats thwart will of state’s voters

Re: “A healthy check on Democratic power in Olympia” (editorial, 12-11).

It must be a constant source of annoyance for The News Tribune that all elections aren’t decided by newspaper editorial boards. That way Rob McKenna would be our next governor, Reagan Dunn would be our next attorney general, and the state Legislature would be full of Rodney Toms and Tim Sheldons – people who quicken the pulse of no one but elites who quest for “centrist politicians” – i.e., social libertarians and fiscal scolds.

Their necks must be sore from nodding in approval as Tom and Sheldon thwarted

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March
12th

LEGISLATURE: What happened to priorities?

I am totally dismayed that the Legislature is going into special session to spend more money that we don’t have.

In the original session, lawmakers had 60 days to hammer out a budget, but seemed to avoid it like the plague. They chose to tackle every issue that they could come up with, except the budget.

Am I the only one that sees the urgency of solving our huge financial deficit ? I blame Democrats and Republicans equally for this problem.

The special session should be limited to one subject: the budget. Then send them home before they spend any

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Jan.
12th

BUDGET: Legislature doesn’t seem to have a clue

I have gotten completely frustrated with the Washington Legislature this past year. These people have no clue as to what priorities should be this legislative session.

I mean they put forth bills on banning plastic bags, gay marriage and who knows what’s next? Banning mole-killing again? I know they’re small, furry, blind creatures (moles not legislators), but they’re pests much like our Legislature has been the last year or so.

When will they (legislators not moles) start to buckle down and solve our budget problems, like funding education? Any legislator who feels plastic bags and gay marriage are more important

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