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TRAFFIC: County remiss in installing sidewalks

Re: “Woman killed in hit-and-run identified” (TNT, 1-8).

It was bound to happen. My heart goes out to Rebecca Marteny, her family and the other adults in the assisted living home where she lived.

I lived in Parkland and personally spent more than 20 years trying to get someone in the county to listen to me about the need for sidewalks on Golden Given Road. I discussed this very issue with Pat McCarthy when she first ran for office. I spoke at a town hall meeting with Pierce County Councilwoman Barbara Gelman. I spoke with current Councilman Rick Talbot about this

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ELECTION: Fire district serves more than Graham

Over the last 20 years, Pierce County Fire District 21 has become better known as Graham Fire & Rescue. The title has unintentionally confused voters in the fire district.

Graham Fire & Rescue serves people from many communities, including parts of Graham, Spanaway, Puyallup, Frederickson and Kapowsin and large neighborhoods including Gem Heights, Silver Creek, The Country, Grand Firs and Fir Meadows.

In August, a maintenance and operations levy failed by less than 1.5 percent. One reason given by voters: Graham Fire doesn’t serve me; I don’t live there.

The same measure will be on the ballot in November. The

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TRUCKS: Rigs aren’t creating a safety issue

Re: “Pierce County may ban parking big trucks overnight” (TNT, 6-29).

My family was in the trucking business for more than 30 years, and I relate to the problems of these truckers. I have lived in Spanaway 70 years, seen changes in our neighborhoods – some good, some bad, depending on one’s interpretation. It’s called progress, and you can’t make everyone happy all the time.

County officials state that truckers are storing equipment or dumping their trucks all over the neighborhoods. Who did they talk to? There is no influx of trucks; these drivers live here. Where are the

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COUNTY: Mitigate obnoxious odor from roads facility

I live in “Spana-Graham” near the Pierce County road works maintenance facility. When I went out to get the paper this morning, I was greeted with the nose-numbing, sneeze-producing stench of the tar (or whatever it is) from that facility that was so thick in the air that you could actually taste it.

People who live in that area are subjected to this stink for most of the spring/summer; even if we have a nice sunny day, you still can’t be outside without having to gag on the stench in the air.

Even with the downpour of rain this morning,

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SCHOOLS: Improvement strategy needs buy-in

Re: “This school accepts No Excuses” (TNT, 12-12).

Thanks for the inspiring article on Evergreen Elementary School in Spanaway. The article attests to the potential for upgrading public schools in a short time (in this case, within a single year), provided that the school has: a capable and dedicated principal, a realistic scheme for attaining high scholastic standards and buy-in by the teaching staff.

The scheme selected for scholastic upgrading was an existing one, “No Excuses University,” which requires that any school wishing to join the program “must send a principal and teachers to a training institute to

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