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PUYALLUP: Library director’s dismissal is ill-considered

I heard, with shock and disbelief, that Tim Wadham has been summarily dismissed from his role as director of library services for the Puyallup Public Library. Speaking as a citizen, library patron and volunteer, this decision is just plain wrong.

Wadham came with knowledge, enthusiasm and the ability to inspire. His vision for the library became the vision for many of us: to be the best library in America, to serve the public to the best of our abilities and to become a centerpiece for the citizens of Puyallup.

During his tenure, the quality of library programming skyrocketed, advanced technology

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PUYALLUP: Library director’s firing was a hasty mistake

I continue to be shocked at the shortsightedness of Puyallup’s new city manager, Kevin Yamamoto, regarding his firing of Puyallup Public Library’s fine director, Tim Wadham. Unfortunately a city manager is autonomous and answers to no one.

It’s unconscionable that an individual with the vision and enthusiasm that Wadham has should be fired over such petty issues: calling a reporter on a sensationalized article, suggesting an interim solution for security at the library and joking with an overreacting employee.

During his time in Puyallup, Wadham has brought to Puyallup nationally known artists and authors, Santana drummer Michael Shrieve and juvenile sci-fi author

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OIL: There are too many unanswered questions

The concern about safer oil tanker trains and inspection costs are a few of many concerns which must be addressed before we have more oil tankers rolling through our neighborhoods and cities.

Who will inspect the bridges for safety? Railroads don’t have to permit any inspections on bridges or tracks. What protection will people have if there is an accident and spill or explosion?

In the 2013 Quebec explosion, which killed 47 people, damages ran to almost $2 billion. The railroad company had $25 million in insurance and declared bankruptcy.

In the recent West Virginia explosion and fire, people living

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PUYALLUP: District hasn’t been looking long-term

Re: “Cramped Puyallup elementary school” (TNT, 2-4).

Doesn’t the Puyallup School Board or the public remember they closed a couple of grade schools within recent memory? Even if the schools aren’t in the areas of growth, surely there is a way to rearrange attendance areas so those buildings can be utilized again.

The Puyallup School District is short-sighted and can’t project its needs for the future. Besides closing older schools, new schools that have been built immediately bring in portable classrooms, and existing schools that are really not all that old have plans for demolition and replacement.

Before asking taxpayers to

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FAIR: Greed has brought dark days to Puyallup

Re: “Extending the state fair’s run makes fiscal sense” (editorial, 1-23).

Last year will probably be my last trip to the fair. It has become so expensive I can’t afford to take my family.

Calling the fair nonprofit is an oxymoron. Meeker Days is a small-town community celebration; the fair is nothing but a good-old-boys-club shakedown. Who pays $3 for a bottle of water?

I wrote the fair management team last year expressing my concern that they were pricing themselves out of existence. I didn’t receive one response. Seeing how the fair chose not to release attendance figures, I’m probably

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PUYALLUP: Mayor ignorant about shelter program

Re: “Assault causes security worries at library” (TNT, 1-8).

Recent violence at Puyallup’s library is inexcusable. However, Mayor John Knutsen’s irrational, misleading remarks reveal ignorance of a shelter program as well as problem-solving skills.

Freezing Nights churches, the sole east Pierce County shelter resource, has quietly pursued its mission for 10 years. Enduring considerable stonewalling, they complied with any city and community operating requests. Freezing Nights does not serve nor is responsible for all Puyallup’s homeless population.

Good Samaritan Hospital and Puyallup police frequently bring indigent outpatients and at-risk street people to church shelters. This community service provides shelter, food,

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PUYALLUP: Library no longer a place for families

Re: “Assault causes security worries at library” (TNT, 1-8).

I have three young children who love visiting the Puyallup Library. Unfortunately, we no longer feel safe or comfortable there. We feel the same way about the brand new play system at the park right outside.

Our last and final visit was over winter break. Something needs to be done in order to protect staff and visitors both inside and outside of the library.


ERIC RENZ: His death leaves a huge vacuum

Re: “Renz helped those in need, and they helped him” (TNT, 12-11).

Eric Renz had an unassuming nature. Yet when he spoke, people listened because he operated from the position of the collective good.

I initially met Eric during the recall effort (of former Pierce County Assessor Dale Washam). A week before his accident, I reconnected with him over coffee to talk about his work with Puyallup homeless citizens.

While he didn’t mention his volunteerism, I knew that he spent most afternoons at the New Hope Center and heavily supported Freezing Nights. He believed all people have value, regardless

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