Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Tacoma

July
16th

TACOMA: Businesses’ sob stories were pitiful

The Tacoma City Council meeting Tuesday where Mayor Marilyn Strickland presented her plan for a $12 minimum wage, as opposed to the $15 minimum wage that will be on the November ballot, drew quite a standing-room-only crowd.

In fact, many were from the Chamber of Commerce. They told their sad stories about how even the mayor’s proposal would totally bankrupt them and destroy their businesses.

Their stories were so pitiful and heart-rending, that the pro-$15 people even took up a collection for them.

July
13th

TACOMA: Mayor’s pay proposal is disappointing

Re: “City may ask voters to choose: $12 or $15″ (TNT, 7-12).

Mayor Marilyn Strickland’s advocacy of a $12 minimum wage should come as a great disappointment to Tacoma’s working families. She has disregarded the advice of her hand-picked commission’s majority and has adopted an even poorer alternative.

Surely, having read Barbara Ehrenreich’s “Nickled and Dimed,” she should have greater empathy for those who work for substandard wages. Instead, she has chosen to champion those employers whose business model is based on poverty wages.

July
10th

TACOMA: What a difference 50 years can make

I read with particular interest the Looking Back item of Tuesday (TNT, 7-7). Recounted was the rezone hearing in 1965 for my dad’s small business, the Park Avenue Tavern at 7203 S. Park Ave. in Tacoma.

And now the rest of the story. He did obtain his rezone for the new location. He closed the existing business at the end of his lease about a month later. A contractor was hired, permits were obtained, and the new building was completed in time for a mid-December opening, a little over four months after closing.

He operated the business for nearly 30 more years

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July
8th

TACOMA: How about some cheese with that whine?

Re: “Parking ticket ruined visitors’ dinner” (letter, 7-8).

What a whiner! The letter from the former resident visiting Tacoma who was ticketed for illegal parking brought no sympathy from me. He pulled in forward to a back-in spot. He was ticketed.

He said it doesn’t take much to distract two hard-working parents who are vacationing with their children, ages 3 and 6. Well, if pulling into a parking space is so hard under those conditions, maybe he shouldn’t even be driving.

Because he doesn’t see his parking as a “safety hazard,” that makes it OK to do it. I don’t seeing running a

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July
7th

FIREWORKS: Tacoma fails to enforce its ban

Another Fourth of July has gone by with no enforcement of the fireworks ban in the City of Tacoma. I understand our police have plenty to do, and realize the blame for this lies solely on administrators, the City Council, and the mayor’s office for failing to make it possible for the police to have the manpower to enforce a law.

How about a neighborhood snitch program? A clear picture of the offender, or video, with an address is evidence enough to issue a fine. The current fine is $257 for fireworks violation; why not kick back 10 percent to the “snitch” when

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July
3rd

TACOMA: Parking ticket ruined visitors’ dinner

I recently received a parking ticket in front of The Old Spaghetti Factory. My citation was written because I “front parked” rather than “backed in and angle parked.”

I was born in raised in Tacoma and was visiting with my family and two young children on vacation. It was unfortunate that my dining experience was ruined with this parking ticket on a street that had little to no traffic.

My kids are 3 and 6 years old. It doesn’t take much to distract two hard-working parents who are vacationing with their children.

I don’t buy that this is a “safety hazard.” It

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July
2nd

TACOMA: Fill potholes? Wait just a minute

Re: “Which is the more troublesome: Potholes or the taxes to fix them?” (Matt Driscoll column, 7-2).

Driscoll brings before us the question of who shall pay to repair Tacoma’s potholes. Unfortunately, he fails to inform us of the benefits that potholes bestow: They are de facto speed bumps that bring us safe neighborhoods.

We no longer need to worry about teenagers speeding along residential streets. Thirty miles an hour has become a thing of the past. By declining to pay for potholes, we are keeping wayward drivers down to 10 to 15 miles an hour. We all benefit.

July
1st

TACOMA: Let democracy work on wage issue

Matt Driscoll (column, 6-30) details the two options submitted by Tacoma’s Minimum Wage Task Force, points out the difficulty in choosing between the two and asks, “What now?”

I have a simple answer: Let the 15 Now Tacoma initiative go to a vote. In getting the necessary signatures to get the measure on the ballot, initiative backers have shown that there is significant support for their proposal. I believe that support should be respected and that the City Council should put any near-term action on hold and give democracy a chance to work.