Letters to the Editor

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Tag: puyallup

July
7th

FIREWORKS: Puyallup should pass a ban

As I stood in my yard on July 4, watering down my house and yard to prevent a fire from the fireworks being lit from drunken neighbors, it occurred to me why Puyallup did not ban fireworks even though the heat alone is dangerous.

It is all about the changing of money from hand to hand. That’s all.

You would be a fool to think people actually give one thought about independence. So what if my home caught fire? That’s my problem.

I wonder how long the fire department would have taken? I heard sirens all night long. It would be money

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June
30th

PUYALLUP: Van Lierop deserves equitable reimbursement

Re: “Judge slaps Puyallup in her ruling on land use” (TNT, 6-26).

The beautiful acreage of the former Van Lierop Bulb Farm has provided pleasure and beauty for generations. A rite of spring for our family was to make early trips (January and February) to spy the first blooming daffodils. Then in March and April appeared glorious fields of waving gold. We took joy in countless drive-bys.

Next came tulips; we were allowed to wander gardens freely. When among this array of beautiful colors, I never wanted to leave.

Photographic opportunities were plentiful; my husband made albums of these flowers, his

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April
3rd

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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April
2nd

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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March
5th

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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Feb.
4th

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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Jan.
26th

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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Jan.
13th

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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