Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Pierce County

July
16th

COUNTY: Citizens will be heard on expensive building

Re: “Pierce County building will go on the ballot” (TNT, 7-11).

I am certainly glad that Jerry Gibbs and his committee have succeeded in getting the necessary signatures to place his referendum on the ballot this November. That vote will be mandatory, and the county will not be able to ignore the results.

The people of Pierce County must have a voice in a project as expensive as the proposed office building. The whole project needs to be reexamined; there are serious flaws, not the least of which is the lack of public parking.

It is hard to believe

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June
30th

COUNTY: Bad decision on Anderson Island ferry

I’m trying to understand how bureaucrats can make decisions they believe to be logical, but to the rest of us make no sense at all.

Why would you drydock a ferry boat at the most crucial, busiest weekend of the year? Even with two ferries in service it can be quite a wait getting to Anderson Island on the Fourth of July weekend. This year the annual salmon bake, a major community event on the island, coincides with very heavy midday Saturday holiday traffic to and from Anderson Island.

I can’t wait to see the traffic back-ups. If the ferry

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June
29th

FIREWORKS: Time for county to ban personal use

Well here we are again, folks. It’s the time of the year when a few of our irresponsible citizens circumvent the rights of their neighbors and launch banned rockets into the sky.

Let me make myself clear: I don’t want limit their right to have fun, I just want my right to have a peaceful existence. I don’t want my home burned to the ground, I don’t want my pet to be cowering in fear, I don’t want any of our brave military heroes that may be suffering from PTSD to be adversely affected and I surely do not want our

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June
26th

LINDQUIST: Prosecutor being blackballed by media

Re: “Lindquist opponents file recall petition” (TNT, 6-25).

I don’t know Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist personally. I met him at a Roy City Council meeting and spoke with him briefly.

My impression of him was that he was driven to prosecute the worst of the worst offenders among us. He appeared to be a no-nonsense type of guy who expects the same from his employees.

It appears to me there are those within his office that do not appreciate his hard-nosed approach and the work it takes to achieve these high standards. Of course, the liberal media react accordingly by

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June
25th

FIREWORKS: It’s too dry to allow them this year

We now have a ban on fire burning in Pierce County. Can someone tell me why fireworks are still allowed? They cause fires every year, especially in close neighborhoods like ours.

While our neighbors are enjoying setting off the fireworks, particularly those purchased from the Indian reservations, the rest of us are keeping watch that nothing begins to burn.

With all the information in the newspapers and on television about what a dangerous year this will be, with record heat and dry land, it seems obvious that an extra step of care is warranted.

June
25th

COUNTY: Information is there for citizens

Re: “Landlords fighting ‘tax palace’” (TNT, 6-25).

The promoter of the campaign against Pierce County’s construction of a general services building clearly indicates that he isn’t concerned about whether the building gets built but rather that voters should not be committed to anything financially without a vote.

So why do we vote for and handsomely pay our County Council members for full-time work with the benefit of support staff?

At best, it sounds like some voters aren’t connected to the county’s own information system that sends out information every day that may get covered later by public media outlets. If

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June
25th

LINDQUIST: Is recall decision tainted by endorsements?

Re: “Lindquist opponents file recall petition” (TNT, 6-25).

In October 2014, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist emailed many Pierce County voters with a list of his recommendations of candidates in judicial races. I objected strongly to Lindquist and informed him that I believed this to be unethical behavior.

He responded that it was not unethical and that he was providing a valuable service to voters. Now we learn that a Pierce County Superior Court judge must rule on petition to recall Lindquist.

In a 2014 letter to the editor (TNT, 10-20), I wrote: “I don’t believe justice can be impartial

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June
24th

LINDQUIST: Prosecutor should step aside

Recent articles about actions taken and allegedly taken by Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist make it clear he should stand down. The allegations include charges of prosecutorial misconduct, unethical behavior, abusive treatment of staff and using government funds for private purposes.

There are too many cases of verified prosecutorial misconduct by his office, especially withholding exculpatory evidence, to believe that they are merely errors. His actions have damaged the credibility of his office. Lindquist should take a leave of absence until investigations by the Washington Bar Association and the Pierce County Human Resources Department are completed.

Lindquist is not alone.

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