Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Pierce County

June
17th

HUNGER: Budget impasse would hurt relief efforts

The deadline for avoiding a government shutdown on July 1 is fast approaching, yet the state Legislature still cannot agree on a budget.

The Emergency Food Network and other hunger-relief programs received notices this week telling us that if there is no budget, we will not get the funds from the state that we rely on to make sure no one in Pierce County goes hungry.

We serve 66 hunger-relief programs in Pierce County. Without funding from the state many of the programs we serve could face closed doors due to lack of rent, unable to buy supplement food and/or

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June
15th

LINDQUIST: Prosecutor’s problems keep growing

Pierce County has expended more than $280,000 to prevent the production of Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist’s private phone records, which we now know he long ago deleted. He concedes the calls were business calls, but claims they are not subject to public disclosure laws because he used his personal phone.

Public records are created for the agency by their employees. Just as an inventor’s work belongs to the company that employs the inventor, the records belong to the agency. The prosecutor can keep his phone, but the data is the county’s.

The Washington Supreme Court may disagree with this simple analogy

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June
4th

PROSECUTOR: Investigation should begin now

The allegations against the Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist and his management team are merely allegations and not proof of misconduct, but they are serious allegations. If proven, they could lead to findings of abuse of power, Washington Bar Association sanctions for ethical violations up to and including disbarment, civil liability, or criminal prosecution for the misuse of funds and diversion of governmental resources.

Some of the allegations in the whistleblower complaints, if true, could result in criminal convictions. But it will be a slow process. More than 40 witnesses have been named, and more may be identified.

Even if a whistleblower

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May
29th

COUNTY: Proposed building an ill-conceived misadventure

Re: “Pierce County general service building can’t be saved” (Matt Driscoll column, 5-28).

If only we common folk were as enlightened as Driscoll and our county potentate and executive, Pat McCarthy. If so, we taxpayers would see the grand plan and future for our county if only we would go along with plans to build the glass and plastic square box on the hill known as “the general service building.”

Why would we be against it, for heavens sake? Originally at a cost of $60 million, or was it $90? Jumping to $130 million. Now it is a “$230

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May
20th

TNT: Find better topics for the front page

The News Tribune continues to amaze me with its choice of stories to run on the front page.

Larry LaRue’s column (5-20) about a 15-year resident of Tacoma being a big fan of David Letterman makes the front page when we have a nation and world that is in turmoil. If you want to run a human interest story, why not pick one concerning a longtime successful Tacoma or Pierce County resident who has many positive accomplishments?

Tom Names recently passed away, and he and the Names family donated $55,000 to the Tacoma Athletic Commission benefiting some of the deserving high

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May
19th

PROSECUTOR: Accuser’s reputation for integrity is topnotch

If one were to rank the staff of the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office by their reputation for integrity and honesty, Steven Merrival would be at or near the top. Mark Lindquist, who knows? He doesn’t carry a caseload and only appears in court if there are news cameras present.

The Latin phrase is “esse quam videri” – to be rather than to appear to be. Lindquist spends inordinate amounts of time and taxpayer money to give the appearance of an ideal prosecutor. His office’s performance, however, has been one scandal after another of hidden evidence, unethical courtroom behavior, coverups, and

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May
18th

POLICE: Why not practice de-escalation?

Whatever happened to community policing and cops who had a clue about things like mental illness and homeless folks, and not an itchy finger?

The Lakewood officers just killed a guy because they thought a cellphone in his hand was a gun. Really?

This is not the first time a Pierce County based law officer has executed a mentally ill member of our community for no reason at all, and I fear it will not be the last.

Is this the quality of police we have now? What ever happened to de-escalation? Today, it seems that “deescalation” means pumping a few rounds

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May
18th

COUNTY: Council member shouldn’t review charter

It’s noteworthy that so many have signed up to run for the Pierce County Charter Review Commission (TNT, 5-17). Former elected officials of both political stripes, once again as private citizens, provide a wealth of experience or protection of the status quo, depending on your viewpoint. Newcomers offer a fresh perspective on governance and should be considered by voters as well. That was the charter’s intent.

What is troubling are the filings of a sitting County Council member and his immediate staff.

The candidacy of Jim McCune and his administrative aide creates an immediate conflict of interest between the legislative

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