Letters to the Editor

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Tag: public health


HEALTH CARE: Cuts threaten health interventions

I am a registered nurse working in Pierce County and also a student at the University of Washington Tacoma. I recently learned about the tremendous Medicaid cuts facing the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD) and about the proposed impacts these cuts will have on TPCHD services to low-income families and children.

I am writing to you to convey my perspectives as a nurse and to encourage TPCHD efforts to absorb cuts in a balanced manner that sustains evidence-based programs shown to be cost-effective in supporting the long-term physical, mental and social health of Pierce County.

Changes to Medicaid are expected

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EPA: Fend off attack on clean air and water

Next week, the U.S. House of Representatives will likely vote on a bill that would threaten the Puget Sound and the air Washingtonians breathe, the water we drink and the places we love. Not only does this appropriations bill block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from setting critical clean air, clean water and public health safeguards, but it also puts some of America’s most treasured places like the Grand Canyon at risk of destruction.

Specifically, the bill would put at risk the streams that feed the drinking water supplies of more than 2 million Washingtonians, allow uranium mining right next

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