Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

Tag: roads

Oct.
25th

TACOMA: Tax regressive and for the wrong purpose

I received a campaign brochure today on Tacoma Proposition 1 dedicating utility tax revenues for roads. Why? The City Council hasn’t done its job for a decade to maintain the city infrastructures. Prop. 1 is an inappropriate tax on the people’s company (Tacoma Public Utilities), which was created to produce the lowest cost energy and services possible for Tacoma households.

Would the council propose a ballot measure for a 25-cent-per-gallon gas tax to replace 18,000 utility poles, improve 46 substations and resurface dams? No, it wouldn’t, because vehicle users aren’t responsible to support a utility company with gas revenues. Neither

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Oct.
25th

TACOMA: Mailer seems to try to mislead voters

I have just received the slick, glossy and endorsement-filled mailer from the “Fix Tacoma Streets” campaign. The convenient placement of News Tribune quotes and logo led me to believe that this too was an endorsement of Proposition 1.

In reviewing past issues of the newspaper I have in fact found that The News Tribune has not endorsed this proposition but in fact editorialized that voters should reject Prop. 1. Tacomans who received this campaign mailing should be aware that the implied endorsement is misleading and does not represent the stance of the newspaper.

Oct.
24th

TACOMA: Unfair to force non-Tacomans to pay for city streets

Re: “Non-residents pay for poor leadership?” (letter, 10-24).

On behalf of the Puyallup letter writer and all other residents outside of the City of Tacoma who may be forced to incur increased costs without the ability to vote either way on those increases, I’m voting no on Proposition 1.

It’s not fair at all that our city leadership’s failures to take care of our roads be passed on to those outside the city, especially when they can’t vote on it. That is taxation without representation, and I’m using my one vote to send a message.

Let’s be fair and wait

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Oct.
23rd

TACOMA: Dedicated fund for roads is important

It’s true that Tacoma’s pothole problem has been decades in the making. We’ve kicked the can down the road long enough, and now it’s going to take some serious effort to fix our streets.

The argument that previous city councils or city administrations haven’t put forward a responsible, comprehensive, sustainable solution to fix our streets in the past is not a valid reason to not fix them now. That’s backwards thinking and will only hold Tacoma back, make our streets worse and only make it more expensive the longer we wait.

This City Council created a dedicated Street Repair Fund,

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Oct.
23rd

TACOMA: Proposition 1 is all about safety

As a 20-year-plus member of a local fire department, I probably know better than most people about the importance of traffic and road safety. And as a nearly lifelong resident of Tacoma currently living in the Central District, I’ve witnessed our streets go from nuisance to embarrassment to what is now a real hazard.

From our potholes, which are on the verge of being classified as natural wonders, to our poorly marked crosswalks that could qualify as legs in an adventure race, navigating our city has become dangerous.

Tacoma is also Pierce County’s economic, educational and social hub. The safe,

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Oct.
23rd

TACOMA: Prop. 1 provides a sustainable solution to fix streets

I live on Tacoma’s East Side. I’m a retired teacher. My husband is a retired mechanic. We’ve worked hard all our lives for the money we’ve earned, and I know you can’t have something for nothing. That’s why I support Proposition 1 to fix Tacoma’s streets.

I’m tired of dodging potholes on my way to the grocery store, doctor or a community meeting. I can either say yes on Prop. 1 to finally fix our streets or worry about my next flat tire or losing control of the steering rumbling down our crumbling streets.

For less than the cost of

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Oct.
23rd

TACOMA: Non-residents pay for city’s poor leadership?

I live in Puyallup and get my power from Tacoma Public Utilities. I can’t vote on Tacoma’s Proposition 1, but highly suspect my power rate will, in time, increase if it is approved.

I think it is negligent that the leadership in Tacoma didn’t properly take care of their roads and now have to demand a handout from folks who don’t live there. I’m quite irritated by possibly having to participate in the bailout for the City of Tacoma’s Streets & Road Fix-It Program.

This reminds me of “taxation without representation.” Tacoma voters, please don’t approve this flawed plan.

Oct.
18th

TACOMA: City officials still don’t get it

We received a shiny, multi-fold mailer touting the merits of Proposition 1 and all the projects it will help complete in Tacoma. Unfortunately, it does little to repair streets.

Streets are what we drive on, and Prop. 1 is specifically being promoted to repair streets. At least that is what every politician looking for my vote has told me.

Take time to read the mailer, and you’ll see 70 projects to synchronize intersections, 46 for handicapped accessibility and school traffic beacons, and 510 blocks resurfaced.

I have no problem insuring pedestrian safety, but many of these projects do nothing to

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