Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Tacoma Police Department

July
19th

TACOMA: Make cuts where most is spent

Re: “Tacoma may drop pothole project” (TNT, 7-12).

Given Tacoma’s budget, it seems unjust that libraries, human rights, community development and public works have endured cuts while police and fire departments consume the bulk of our budget, 61 percent, and “other services” take 20 percent.

Could money be saved if taken from where most is spent? We admire police and fire workers because they offer their lives in the line of duty; in this spirit, they should sacrifice financially. Despite their unions, they should show solidarity.

Also, the city needs to modernize its personnel policies. Employees who earn disproportionate

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Jan.
11th

TACOMA: Police helpful in cooling ‘hot spot’

Re: “Police layoffs may force Hilltop ‘hot spots’ to see fewer officers” (TNT, 12-26).

This article, about reducing the police presence on South Eighth Street and two other targeted crime areas – is disconcerting. We feel that the police presence has been helpful.

Having lived one block away from this area for more than 25 years, we and many of our neighbors know that the many problems created by absentee landlords continue to make South Eighth Street be a hot spot for well into its third decade.

A long-term solution requires joint police, neighborhood and city government intervention.

Jan.
10th

SHOOTING: Community can be proud of response

Tuesday, the Anderson family, the National Park Service and this community memorialized Mount Rainier National Park Ranger Margaret Anderson. She was doing her job, pursuing her mission – a mission which often involves risk – when her life was taken from her.

The response to the call by personnel from the park service, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, the FBI and the Tacoma Police Department showed tremendous skill, courage and compassion. The community can be proud of the talent, the heart and the close working relationship shown by deputies, police officers and federal law enforcement personnel.

We honor Anderson for

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Jan.
3rd

TPD: Car stolen from and then ticketed

My car never ran well, but it did its job. It was parked on a side street in Tacoma’s Proctor District. First it was broken into, ransacked and the gas siphoned. Next it was broken into by someone enterprising enough to pop the hood and steal the battery from my now-immobile car.

A few weeks later, a license plate was stolen. I called the police. I got a case number and was told to take the front plate off, too. I did.

My car was tagged on Dec. 29 for missing license plates and being parked without moving for too

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May
10th

TPD: Turn pressure off embattled chief

We Americans love to build up people, then tear them down. It’s happening with Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell. Apparently many have forgotten the turmoil in which Tacoma was embroiled when he assumed command.

Ramsdell was a topnotch officer, a cop’s cop and a public servant who has shown great respect for Tacoma’s citizens. Under his leadership, a bruised and shaken agency regained its identity and sense of mission, as well as its reputation and standing in the community.

My heart goes out to Zina Linnik and her family. They have suffered so much from the actions of a killer.

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May
10th

TPD: Ramsdell has a history of integrity

The recent articles about Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell seem sensationalized and one-sided. Each new story contains bits and pieces of information that try to paint a picture and plant a seed of doubt about Ramsdell’s character.

I could see this type of scrutiny if Ramsdell had a history of his integrity being called into question, but that is not the case. He has worked tirelessly to improve the standing of the TPD.

Ramsdell was with and supported Zina Linnik’s family every step of the way. Zina’s case was the first Amber Alert for the TPD. Any problems that led

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May
9th

TPD: Police aren’t the ones whose credibility was marred

Re: “Zina flub mars cops’ credibility” (TNT, 5-8).

What’s the matter? Did you get a high-priced citation from a Tacoma police officer? Is that why you splatter the front pages with the harsh stuff about the police so long after the Zina Linnik murder? Not enough true journalists on your staff to find real news to put on the front page, so you resort to checkstand sensationalism.

My seventh-grade teacher called it yellow journalism. Tacky. Pathetic. You are following the path of your TV compatriots.

Your bottom line will increase temporarily because of this tabloid-type rubbish. But real readers of

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May
9th

TPD: Why focus on one person’s opinion?

Re: “Police chieflied to citizens,’ review board member says” (TNT, 5-6).

I’ve known Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell for 20 years, and I’ve personally seen what high standards he holds for himself and for his family. I also know he was up more than 36 hours working on Zina Linnik’s abduction case in 2007 and was personally so distraught when they found her.

I realize this is a report on the review board meeting and how member Trisha King Stargel was so outspoken in saying she hated “to be lied to.”

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