Letters to the Editor

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Tag: mount rainier

Jan.
11th

SHOOTING: Take pride in National Park Service

I attended the moving memorial for Margaret Anderson, the Mount Rainier National Park ranger who was slain on New Year’s Day. As a professor at Pacific Lutheran University and a daughter of a retired law enforcement park ranger, I find myself reflecting on their noble profession and how it affects us all.

At the memorial, leaders offered remembrances of a woman whose passion was to care for nature and keep it safe for us and for generations to come. Many people do not realize how dangerous the job of a park ranger can be.

I remember nights wondering about my

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Jan.
10th

SHOOTING: Community can be proud of response

Tuesday, the Anderson family, the National Park Service and this community memorialized Mount Rainier National Park Ranger Margaret Anderson. She was doing her job, pursuing her mission – a mission which often involves risk – when her life was taken from her.

The response to the call by personnel from the park service, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, the FBI and the Tacoma Police Department showed tremendous skill, courage and compassion. The community can be proud of the talent, the heart and the close working relationship shown by deputies, police officers and federal law enforcement personnel.

We honor Anderson for

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Jan.
9th

SHOOTING: Gun critics wrong to exploit tragedy

Re: “Rainier killing unlikely to prompt changes in law” (TNT, 1-8).

It is truly sad how the anti-gun lobby uses any firearm tragedy to stigmatize private firearm ownership.

The common thread between shootings at Mount Rainier and in Tucson, Ariz., should be the suspect’s mental health, not firearms. If the former soldier and the college student had gotten treatment for their problems, we may not be discussing firearms now. In both cases there were more than enough red flags to warrant intervention and treatment.

Our government’s quest to fund unsustainable budget projections has let our most vulnerable citizens slip

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Jan.
9th

SHOOTING: Article reflects anti-military bias

The News Tribune’s front-page article (1-6) about Mount Rainier National Park Ranger Margaret Anderson’s horrific murder seems to draw a direct connection between her murderer being “an Iraq War veteran” and her shooting. Since that phrase was the only description used about Benjamin C. Barnes, I see no other conclusion that could be drawn.

I found it interesting that on the same day, The Nose pointed out that MSNBC had backtracked from earlier statements implying that Barnes’ posting at Joint Base Lewis-McChord somehow contributed to the murder after discovering he “had big time trouble before he joined the Army.”

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Jan.
9th

GUNS: Why was congressman’s quote ‘quoteworthy’?

I’m not sure why you thought Congressman Norm Dicks’ quote about the NRA’s influence in Congress was “quoteworthy” (TNT, 1-8). I suspect it was used in light of the tragedy at Mount Rainier last weekend. However, that tragedy would have unfolded regardless of the gun laws at our national parks.

Jan.
6th

SHOOTING: Writer’s Voice touched a chord

I am a daily reader of The News Tribune, including the editorial pages. Generally I am disappointed by the predictability of left/right-of-center political columnists, the continual vapidity of Charles Krauthammer and the often flat articles of guest writers.

But the morning of Jan. 6 I found myself reading J. Michael Wall’s Your Voice contribution on the recent Mount Rainier tragedy more than once. His ability to discover grace and caring amidst the background of senseless violence and communicate it so articulately made me hope for two things: that he is as skilled a fourth-grade teacher as he is a

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Jan.
3rd

SHOOTING: Making sure no one’s safe from guns anywhere

Since hunting is not allowed in national parks, why on earth would anybody want or need to take a gun into one, unless it was to shoot at people?

Of course, using the insane, circular logic of the confirmed gun lover, the law allowing firearms into national parks now makes perfect sense. After all, we must protect ourselves from the possibility of another gun-toting lunatic deciding it’s a lovely day for target practice in the Longmire parking lot.

Because any average John Wayne wannabe packing heat could have easily taken out the guy who shot that ranger, of course –

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Jan.
3rd

TNT: Killer’s photo was overplayed

Re: “Suspect in ranger slaying found dead on Mount Rainier” (TNT, 1-3).

I think it’s horrible that you put such a big picture of the killer on the front page. You make him out to be a hero when you do this.

The big picture should have been of the officer who was killed. Putting the small picture of her next to the full shot of him is a slam to the family in my opinion.