Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Public Records Act


LINDQUIST: Don’t deny public access to records

Re: “Justices wrestle with phone privacy” (TNT, 6-12)

Mark Lindquist was elected by the people to be Pierce County’s prosecutor. It is a public position and subject to the Public Records Act. To allow an official to conduct business on his private phone and tell the public it cannot access those records based on privacy is ludicrous. Those who run for public office are aware that the position is just that: “public.”

Can we think about this logically? If you worked for a company and conducted business on your private phone and there were allegations of bad conduct, wouldn’t you want

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RECORDS: TNT advocates a dangerous position

Re: “Embarassed strippers not exempt from open records” (editorial, 10-30).

I usually do not agree with News Tribune editorials because I find them devoid of thought or reasoning, but with this one you have stepped beyond common sense. You are advocating a pointless application of a poorly administered law putting innocent women in danger.

The state has used Pierce County as a dumping ground for most of the sex offenders released from its so-called treatment programs. I would suggest anyone wanting the release of such personal information does not just have “obnoxious tendencies” but mental health problems.

I assume The News

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RECORDS: Lawmakers try to reduce public access

Well, there they go again. State and local lawmakers continue to attack our Public Records Act, which helps ensure the public’s right to know what our governments are doing.

For example, in our state House, a sizable number of representatives – let’s say the Gang of 26 – sponsored House Bill 1128. Five notable culprits of that gang are state Reps. Dawn Morrell, D-Puyallup; Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard; Larry Seaquist, D-Gig Harbor; Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma; and Tami Green, D-Lakewood.

I’m tired of people reaching into my wallet without my knowledge and permission, and then preventing taxpayers from knowing about the

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