Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Port of Tacoma

Dec.
19th

PORT: Demand action at the federal level

Re: “Productivity decline cuts container numbers at ports” (TNT, 12-19).

Reporter John Gillie did an outstanding job of explaining the economic backlash that is being caused by the infighting between the International Longshore Workers Union and the Pacific Maritime Association.

I have written to Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray and to Rep. Adam Smith asking them to demand federal intervention to put a stop to this nonsense. Previous administrations would have stepped in long ago, as was demonstrated when President Reagan put a stop to the air traffic controller’s strike.

Washington is in serious danger of losing shippers to other ports

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Nov.
19th

PORT: There are two sides to this standoff

I am responding to the letter (TNT, 11-18) accusing longshoreman of being greedy and insensitive by slowing down production.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union is currently in negotiations with the Pacific Maritime Association on a new contract. Negotiation, by definition, assumes both sides are being forthcoming.

The union is operating under the old contract rather than shutting the coast down completely, and many of the issues have already been settled. Rather than cast all of the stones at the longshoremen, we should remember there are two sides to this issue.

(Pratt is a retired Longshore Local 23 worker.)

Nov.
17th

PORT: Selfish slowdown hurtful to many in community

The longshoremen’s slowdown at the Port of Tacoma is hurting people in addition to independent truckers, distant shipping companies and Eastern Washington farmers.

The “ripple through” consequences are hurting people in our community as retailers are unable to fully stock their shelves with seasonal merchandise. It’s not just small shops awaiting incoming inventory for their “make it or break it” months that are affected. Major retailers operating centralized warehouses are unable to keep their receiving docks fully operational because there’s not enough incoming merchandise.

It’s “peak season” for such work to be done; everyone from full-time workers hoping for overtime to temporary

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Oct.
8th

PORTS: Illegal meetings lead to bad deal

Re: “Ports of Tacoma, Seattle to form seaport alliance” (TNT, 10-8).

I find it arrogant and demeaning that our Port of Tacoma commissioners and CEO John Wolfe would resort to semantics to explain away their illegal meetings with the Port of Seattle to form a merger between the two ports. This is exactly what the state law on open meetings was designed to prevent.

I also do not believe that our port commissioners are representing the wishes of the people of Pierce County. We are all too aware of the likely results of a joint venture with King County.

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Oct.
8th

PORTS: Alliance isn’t enough to solve infrastructure woes

Re: “Ports of Tacoma, Seattle to form seaport alliance” (TNT, 10-8).

The “alliance” of the ports of Seattle and Tacoma may be a day late and a dollar short. Neither port, nor the state of Washington, nor Puget Sound have addressed the transportation stranglehold that clogs our infrastructure daily.

The efforts of Tim Eyman, gullible voters who support him and shortsighted Republicans have ensured that Washington’s Department of Transportation has not had the funding to move the region into the 21st century.

The new generation of super container ships and the alliance of industries that are ordering them will

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Oct.
24th

ELECTION: Holdeman can help mitigate port’s unavoidable decline

Before voting for Tacoma Port Commission, I urge everyone to check out Eric Holdeman’s qualifications. He is one of the best-qualified candidates in port history.

The port is buried in more than $500 million in debt, and realistic prospects for future revenue do not come close to paying off this debt. It will eventually have to be paid by a Pierce County, state or federal bailout.

Bonding capacity for investments that could help keep up with Canada, Los Angeles and the East Coast was used to make the port property rich. Tax revenue and jobs from owners that were forced

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Oct.
21st

TACOMA: Eric Holdeman would be a port leader

If there is one thing we have learned from the recent government shutdown it is that elected positions were never meant to be lifelong careers. The Port of Tacoma is in desperate need of new ideas and a new perspective. Eric Holdeman can provide the change the port needs.

He has proven his leadership skills as a former director of security at the port, former director of King County Emergency Management and as a retired U.S. Army infantry officer.

Holdeman will bring these leadership skills with him to the position of port commissioner. His plans for the port are to

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Oct.
14th

TACOMA: Re-elect Bacon for port commissioner

Connie Bacon is running for port commissioner and I think it very important that we re-elect her to this position. I view the Port of Tacoma from my residence, and the vastly increased traffic of large volume ships coming and going is a fascinating statement to the effect that things are going very well at the port.

Bacon’s service as an adviser to former Gov. Booth Gardner and her years at the helm of the World Trade Center Tacoma have given her a remarkable background. In this difficult and unpredictable economy, experience and knowledge in our elected officials is very

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