Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Tacoma

July
21st

TACOMA: The truth about plastic bags

Re: “Support ban of single-use plastic bags,” (letter, 7-16).

The letter expressed commonly misguided rationale for banning plastic bags. While the author admirably supports our environment, the issues raised are largely based on misinformation.

In 2011, the City of Tacoma adopted a resolution supporting life-cycle thinking in its decisions. The truth is, plastic retail bags are the most environmental option at the checkout, particularly when looked at from a life-cycle perspective.

Banning plastic bags forces consumers to choose options that increase greenhouse gas levels in our atmosphere. The process required to manufacture and distribute oil-based

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July
21st

TACOMA: Indecency tolerated by TPD?

On July 12 at about 5 p.m., I was driving eastbound down Sixth Avenue in Tacoma. Just before Lawrence Street, I noticed that a topless woman was walking down the street protesting something. I called 911.

Two Tacoma police officers arrived in less than five minutes. They stood there and talked to her for a while and then left without arresting the topless woman. She just adjusted her signs and started walking again.

Why did the officers not arrest her? Do we not have laws on the books against public indecency? There are still some of us left in the

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July
16th

TACOMAS: Let voters choose form of government

The Tacoma City Council appointed citizens to suggest improvements in Tacoma’s governance by charter amendments. Twelve proposals of the committee will be on the November ballot.

But the council refused to put the most important issue before the people. That is a recommendation, not to change the government form, but to let the voters decide to retain the status quo or install a government with an elected chief executive (mayor), a stronger council and a chief administrative officer (CAO) who would perform the duties of a city manager.

The committee vote was 9-5 to put that on the ballot. A

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July
15th

TACOMA: Focus on sex diminishes movement

The headline writers were much more attuned to the Out in the Park festivities Saturday, seemingly more so than the writer sent to cover it for The News Tribune (TNT, 7-13)

I don’t doubt that the writer saw what he reported about: “sex,” “hormones,” “loincloths,” “sweaty mass of bare skin.” It’s what all straight people see when they encounter a pride celebration. There’s nothing wrong with those things, but to lead the article with the report of the “Relax. It’s just sex” banner diminishes the entire gay rights movement to something that prizes sex above all else.

I wish

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July
14th

TACOMA: Focus on potholes, not gay pride

Apparently Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland does not have enough city business to keep her busy as evidenced by her involvement in the Pride and Out in the Park activities for 10 days.

Pride celebrations are now part of the mainstream, so why is she so intent on headlining an event that is occurring with regularity across the country? More importantly, why is the rainbow flag the symbol of the LGBT community  allowed to be flown on a City of Tacoma building? This clearly opens the door for other groups to claim the same rights to announce their special interest events.

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July
11th

TACOMA: Cyclists should use those bike lanes

As a driver throughout Tacoma, I am all for bike lanes for everyone’s safety. However, when bike riders don’t use them it is very frustrating and unsafe.

While driving down the hill on Sixth Avenue recently, there were two bike riders; one was barely in the bike lane, the other one more in my lane. I hesitated to honk for fear of startling them, but I did honk gently but enough for them to hear.

They didn’t move over, so I honked again since the one rider got in my lane completely. Again, neither moved over. I honked a third

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July
8th

TACOMA: Support ban of single-use plastic bags

The White House recently released studies detailing the widespread and immediate effects of climate change. The release of carbon emissions into our atmosphere is directly causing sea level rise, ocean acidification and extreme weather patterns.

We must act to reduce our energy use and minimize, to the extent possible, our consumption levels. In Tacoma we have an opportunity to launch a policy change that will reduce consumption: We can transition from single-use disposable plastic bags and adopt the use of reusable bags.

You may think that the plastic bags with which you carry home your groceries cannot possibly have a

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July
8th

TACOMA: Why is section of bike lane closed?

Is Tacoma a bike-friendly city?

On North Yakima Avenue and other sections of the city, work is underway to fashion a piece of the “bike boulevard” that eventually will stretch from South 96th Street on South  Park Avenue, across downtown, past Wright Park to North 26th Street and all the way west to Pearl Street, mostly on North Yakima and 24th streets.

Bike boulevards are low-speed streets that are optimized for bicycle traffic. Tacoma’s Mobility Master Plan includes transportation options that are designed to allow for reduced risk of conflict between fast-moving cars and slower and smaller bicycles and pedestrians.

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