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Tag: milton

Sep.
16th

MILTON: Candidate is pulling old election ploy

Milton challenger for mayor, Marty Lelli, has pulled out an old grandstanding election ploy of pledging, if elected, to donate his salary back to the city. He is challenging other candidates and elected officials to do the same.

The mayor and council members receive $1,500 and $400, respectively, each month. I think it is fair to say that for those of us who properly prepare and attend regular and special meetings, that pencils out to about minimum wage; in Mayor Debra Perry’s case, probably even less. There are no other benefits, and there have been no raises requested or received

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June
10th

TRANSIT: You don’t want me on the road with you

Re: “3 small Pierce cities protest transit cuts” (TNT, 6-10).

Do the people of Pierce County who rejected the transit tax increase last fall realize what that will do on all the major roadways? I can only visualize people, like myself, who have very poor vision, driving and being the cause of more accidents than we already have due to the fact that these people can’t distinguish colors such as traffic lights and have slower reflexes. These are the people who depend on public transportation or shuttle service to get them to doctor appointments or grocery shopping, amongst other

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May
6th

MULTICARE: Growing too big, too fast

Re: “Suit Against MultiCare says its liens were fraudulent” (TNT, 5-5).

I’m not surprised by this article. When companies grow too fast, it is impossible to fight the bureaucracy; most people don’t have the means or the time to look into all the inefficiencies.

A good example of this is the East Pierce Fire District. Ask anyone from Edgewood or Milton what happened to their hometown fire department, and I bet no one can tell you.

 

June
4th

HELMETS: Promote personal responsibility

The Milton City Council made the right call in deciding to do away with the helmet law (TNT, 5-28). This is supposed to be a free county. We send our troops to fight and bleed promoting freedom yet don’t let our own citizens have freedom right here at home?

Part of freedom is having personal responsibility. Wearing a helmet is common sense. I would not ride my motorcycle without a helmet even if I were to be so unfortunate as to be in Arizona. It has no helmet law, yet the laws of physics still apply. It seems one

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June
1st

HELMETS: Avoid possible tragic ending

Regardless whether you are for or against the Milton City Council’s decision to drop the city’s helmet law (TNT, 5-28), I have a couple of brief stories.

Several years ago I was mountain biking down Crystal Mountain and took a spill into a pile of very large rocks. I had many scratches and bruises but, more important to this story, I had a very large dent in my helmet and it really rang my bell. Without the helmet it would likely have been tragic.

A few years ago, a good friend bought a bike. We took a ride together.

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June
1st

MILTON: City Council shows irresponsibility

I read the bizarre logic in the article (TNT, 5-28) on the repeal of Milton’s helmet law and was shocked at the irresponsibility of this action by the City Council.

In a state that was the first to pass the Zachery Lystead law protecting youth from concussions and its impact nationwide, this action demonstrates a disregard of care and concern for our youth.

As a active participant in the education and awareness of concussions on our youth, this action tells the youth of Milton that its City Council has no regard for this public health issue that some would

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May
29th

MILTON: Helmet law shouldn’t be repealed

It greatly saddens me to see Milton repeal its helmet law based on suspect advice from its insurance provider (TNT, 5-28).

Each traumatic brain injury costs society millions of dollars even if the injured person has sufficient medical insurance. I know several mothers who have lost their sons to skateboard accidents. Helmet laws are a very wise public health measure.

I help out a traumatic brain injury victim. He went through a car window at age 21 while riding his bike without benefit of a helmet. He is now 48 year years old and will never recover, although he

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