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ECONOMY: Northwest can thrive without Boeing

Re: “Don’t think a Northwest presence is a sure thing with Boeing” (Bill Virgin column, 4-21).

Boeing’s recent and continuing decisions to divide its operations abroad will put it among many multinational corporations that have done the same.

This brings to light a key feature of how the global economy works. It is based upon the reciprocal benefit of businesses and citizens to attract global capital and essentially build the city around the workers and consumers those large businesses bring.

This theory of urban development was adopted by some large cities – Chicago, for example, which faced a severe

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TACOMA: No risk in gifting site for cultural center

Re: “City says it can’t donate downtown land” (TNT, 12-18).

It would be in the City of Tacoma’s best interest to not make a single penny on the former brewery district site.

Despite our terrible start to Asian-American relations in the late 19th century, we now enjoy a vibrant and healthy Asian-Pacific population here in the city of Tacoma. The best use of the former brewery site, situated so perfectly close to a burgeoning downtown, also would serve as clear indicator of the city’s commitment to its diverse culture.

Take a look at Seattle’s International District;

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AIRCRAFT: Greener skies for Seattle, noisier for us

The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing a plan to shift aircraft approaches to Sea-Tac airport. The main reason for this change is: fewer flights over North Seattle homes and lower emissions.

That’s nice, but the revised plans call for flights arriving from the southwest, rather than dog-legging over Olympia, to be replaced by more direct routings over Joint Base Lewis-McChord and the neighborhoods north of state Route 16.

At least the cacophonous noise of those 100 to 150 daily overflights should add joy to the residents who for the past 12 years have been subjected to extreme noise levels of

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MAY DAY: Seattle police woefully unprepared

Occupy (name the city) has been so emboldened this last year that it loudly announced its intentions to disrupt and destroy in the name of the “oppressed” 99 percent. Obviously it intention was to hijack another peaceful march set to observe May Day and immigrant labor.

So how could Seattle cops look so woefully and inadequately prepared to protect an area they are charged to serve? Total mayhem reigned, and businesses and taxpayers are again on the hook to pick up the pieces.



TACOMA: Leaders should be having a fit over park

We need to ask Seattle how they get city leaders and a mayor who care about open space.

In this day and age, saving green space in the middle of town is a no-brainier. If Pugnetti Park were in Seattle, the move by the Washington State Department of Transportation to close and sell it would be unheard of. But not in doormat Tacoma.

Tacoma leaders should be on the phone to the governor asking why billions of taxpayers’ dollars go to Seattle transportation projects and a small park at the entrance to the City of Tacoma is closed without a

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TACOMA: We’re not tooting our own horn enough

The Tacoma Art Museum’s “Hide/Seek” exhibit is “Playing on a level with Washington D.C., and New York,” writes Rosemary Ponnekanti (TNT, 3-18). Cool. But just a few days earlier, in The New York Times’ 40-page section on museums, TAM’s show was nowhere to be seen. Not hidden; absent. Same for the LeMay-America’s Car Museum June 1 opening, anticipated around the world.

Instead, the Times featured the Seattle Art Museum (showing Paul Gaughin art), the Denver Art Museum (Yves St. Laurent couture) and the Getty (an altar from Warsaw). All excellent shows, no doubt. But why are our cultural assets

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ARENA: Taxpayers will end up paying

You have a very bright editorial staff, who endorsed the latest Seattle arena proposal, asking, “What’s not to like?” (TNT, 2-21).

You say: “Taxpayers wouldn’t be asked to come up with a dime for any of it.” And “The remainder of the $500 million cost would be paid by team rent and taxes generated by the arena.”

Moreover, you quote King County Executive Dow Constantine as saying, “Only two other pro-sports arenas in the country would have more private investment.”

If taxpayers won’t be asked to come up with a dime, how could any sports arena have “more” private

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NBA: Can’t Portland and Seattle share a team?

Pro basketball is a passionate sport to a minority of folks. I suggest supporting and sharing an established team like Portland’s for example. Could even have a few games played in Seattle, providing the locals a team to identify with and cheer for at much less expense.