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Tag: Steilacoom


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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OIL TRAINS: Steilacoom vulnerable to derailment

Re: “Derailed train burns for hours” (TNT, 2-18).

What are we doing in Steilacoom to mitigate the same thing happening here on our waterfront? We and our neighbors have counted between 100 and 150 oil tankers on the trains that pass through our town.

We have been concerned about the oil and coal trains coming through our beautiful and historic town for many years. The coal trains are filthy, spewing their coal dust and fumes all over the town, affecting anyone with asthma or breathing problems. Even those who don’t have breathing problems now will have them after a few years of the

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AMTRAK: 10 minutes gained, great views lost

Re: “Feds OK Amtrak rerouting; courts may be next” (TNT, 3-5).

Amtrak claims the change in rail configuration with the Point Defiance Bypass project would save 10 minutes. Maybe. But how is this “saving” accomplished?

The time is primarily gained by eliminating the line running adjacent to Puget Sound between Point Defiance and Nisqually. This includes spectacular views of the Narrows, the Olympics, University Place, Steilacoom and the Chambers Bay Golf Course.

How many train riders really care about a potential 10-minute saving? How many would rather enjoy the view and may factor that in when taking the train?

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ELECTION: Heck’s goals are strongly middle class

The recent letter, “Muri shows middle-class values” (TNT, 8-16) caught my attention for its unfair and untrue implications about Denny Heck.

Heck is most certainly defending middle-class values. He wants to stimulate jobs that would bolster the middle class in America. He knows that investing in roads, bridges, schools and other public facilities would create the jobs that allow people to live a middle-class life.

Just ask some of the people who are working on street-improvement jobs in Steilacoom or who upgraded parts of Steilacoom Boulevard in Lakewood last year. These improvements were funded by state and federal government

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BUDGET: Many districts would lose all LEA funds

Re: “Tacoma schools fear state cuts” (TNT, 11-22).

The article notes that Gov. Chris Gregoire “proposed a cut of 50 percent of levy equalization (LEA) dollars . . . a reduction of more than $3.1 million for Tacoma.”

However, the 50 percent proposal has a “tier approach,” in which 96 school district would lose 100 percent of their LEA funding. The following Pierce County districts are among those that would lose all of their levy equalization: Puyallup, Steilacoom, Sumner, Tacoma, University Place and White River.

Other districts that would lose 50 percent are Bethel, Clover Park and Franklin Pierce. Tax

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STEILACOOM: City ignores toxic ruins

In Steilacoom, there was a marina that burned down. The city posted a small sign saying that it would not clean up the burned marina because “it was not harmful to the environment.”

Clearly it is harmful to the environment. There are batteries with acid all over, and piles of trash such as nets, clothes, plastic and scrap metal. It will cost more for the city to wait to clean up this mess when it falls into the ocean. Instead it is taking the chance of animals getting harmed and the environment being harmed.

What next? Will the city not

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