Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Marilyn Strickland

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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Oct.
3rd

TACOMA: Proposal looks like smoke and mirrors

Re: “Tacoma plan cuts 217 jobs” (TNT, 10-3).

City Manager T.C. Broadnax just hired three people from Texas at very expensive salaries with moving costs and benefits. I suggest those jobs be eliminated. Those jobs should have been filled by qualified local individuals, not out-of-staters.

I do not support “a good old boys club” of Broadnax’s Texas friends. Mayor Marilyn Strickland and the City Council were not doing their jobs to benefit Tacoma and Pierce County by hiring out-of-staters for local jobs. Our unemployment rate is high, and I am sure there were local individuals qualified for those positions,

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July
16th

TACOMA: Mayor should be held for treason

On the front page of the News Tribune Saturday was a picture of the Gay Pride Flag flying on top of the city hall building. Tacoma’s mayor was the one who led the countdown to raise it.

The only flag that should fly on top of any government building should be the American flag. What Mayor Marilyn Strickland did was an act of treason against the United States, and she should be arrested and tried for her her crime.

What other flag is she going to raise? She needs to be held accountable for her actions and apologize to

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July
14th

TACOMA: Council made right decision on manager

Congratulations to Tacoma Mayor Strickland and the City Council for a good decision to move forward with a new city manager. This time, look for someone who is not dominant.

This mayor and council are very bright, policy- oriented and talented. They do not need a leader in the new manager; they need a follower, someone to follow their lead, their direction, their policy, their ordinances, their collective wisdom and decisions.

They represent the people. The city charter is clear. The City Council sets the policy. The city manager implements the policy.

Sounds simple, but it is not simple day

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June
20th

TACOMA: Ban all digital billboards

Tacoma is poised at a crossroads in its renaissance and economic development. Will Tacoma soar with its unique vistas of Mount Rainier and charming, sometimes quirky historic architecture? Or will Tacoma be marred with urban blight from digital billboards?

The decision that the City Council will be making to ban or allow digital billboards will affect Tacoma for years. If Clear Channel Outdoors, a nonlocal sign company, has its way digital billboards will denigrate Tacoma’s beauty and reverse its economic progress.

I urge the mayor and the City Council to listen to the people who elected them. Digital billboards are

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May
23rd

TACOMA: Mayor deserves praise, not criticism

Re: “Ethics panel says mayor violated code” (TNT, 5-20).

As an elected official, I understand the need to have a citizens Board of Ethics oversee the actions of governing bodies. I thank this group, as I believe it opened the eyes of many of us who strive to serve the public to the best of our ability, yet acknowledge we have much to learn.

Your headline would lead the reader to believe that Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland did something terribly wrong, when in fact if you read the details it clearly explains

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May
10th

TPD: Ramsdell has a history of integrity

The recent articles about Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell seem sensationalized and one-sided. Each new story contains bits and pieces of information that try to paint a picture and plant a seed of doubt about Ramsdell’s character.

I could see this type of scrutiny if Ramsdell had a history of his integrity being called into question, but that is not the case. He has worked tirelessly to improve the standing of the TPD.

Ramsdell was with and supported Zina Linnik’s family every step of the way. Zina’s case was the first Amber Alert for the TPD. Any problems that led

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March
14th

TACOMA: Mayor fails her constituents

Re: “Strickland shows common sense” (letter, 3-12).

The letter writer could not be more wrong about Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland. The most crucial point that people in Tacoma and Washington state need to know is that Strickland has put thousands of jobs in our region in jeopardy. She did this by meeting with the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, also known as Comac.

Ron Chow, one of her campaign contributors who also paid for her travel to China, set up a visit to Comac in China. Here are some facts about Comac I found in two minutes on the

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