Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Tillicum

Feb.
25th

TILLICUM: Keep garden growing where it is

Re: “Tillicum garden gets the boot” (TNT, 2-24).

You have to be kidding! The reason that was given for the TREE Program to no longer continue at the Tillicum Community Center is ridiculous.

It would be one thing if this garden had a weedy, messy appearance, but obviously from the photo of this garden this is not the case. In fact it looks so clean compared to the appearance of many other community gardens this time of the year.

The TREE garden seems to have everything a community garden started in a low-income area should have: education for its young

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Jan.
16th

TRAFFIC: Lakewood-Tillicum bike lane would help

Re: “Officials have plan but no funds for I-5″ (TNT, 1-14).

A significant issue which was overlooked in the article about chronic Interstate 5 traffic congestion in the Joint Base Lewis-McChord area is the absence of any connecting link (other than I-5 itself) between Lakewood and Tillicum.

A new frontage road between the Gravelly Lake and Thorn Lane exits should be an important part of the long-range I-5 rebuilding plan. In the meantime, and at only modest expense, a simple, fence-separated bicycle and pedestrian path could be built alongside the noise-reduction walls south of the freeway.

This would allow well-separated and safer travel

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June
30th

AMTRAK: Lakewood residents’ concerns ignored

Re: “New station plans more popular at hearing” (TNT, 6-27).

It’s nice that Tacoma officials are finally happy about their new proposed station. It’s nice that the Washington State Department of Transportation is working with the City of Tacoma to come up with a viable solution for their station. But the article about the new Amtrak station talks as if South Tacoma is the only community Amtrak is going through on its new Point Defiance bypass route.

What about the residents and businesses in Lakewood and Tillicum, some no more than 20 or 30 feet from the railroad right

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March
7th

LAKEWOOD: Where’s city’s loyalty to residents?

In a smaller city such as Lakewood, residents should expect loyalty from its municipal staff, this loyalty being reflected in decisions that contribute to the best interests of residents.

Loyalty has been sadly absent in regard to a long series of actions in regards to the plan to move Camp Murray’s main gate access into the residential area of Lakewood’s Tillicum neighborhood.

The camp and city planning officials were involved in discussions for several months, unbeknownst to the Tillicum residents. Instead, their decision was presented by Camp Murray officers in two informational (done deal) meetings. Both audiences expressed complete opposition

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Aug.
1st

TILLICUM: Good idea was summarily dismissed

We agree with Lakewood City Manager Andrew Neiditz (Viewpoint, 7-31). Tillicum has benefited over the last few years with improved policing and upgraded infrastructure. Money, time and energy have been spent; let’s not undo the good that’s been done.

Improvements to Portland Avenue were completed last year, and work is continuing on some residential streets. Why now tear up Portland to accommodate a new Camp Murray gate? The $5.9 million federal and unspecified local tax dollars earmarked for this project should be used more effectively.

A solution has been previously suggested and summarily dismissed, but should be investigated: Using

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July
25th

TILLICUM: Boondoggle over Camp Murray gate

After a failed attempt last year, Camp Murray again plans to relocate its main gate to a position buried in a residential area of Lakewood’s Tillicum neighborhood.

The proposed location would not fit a basic requirement for a military gate: ease of accessibility and egress. Vehicles attempting to access the Camp would be forced to use streets that are narrow and even now difficult to traverse. The streets are lined with power poles and, in case of a severe disaster, could be rendered impassable.

To mitigate increased traffic, the city requests that Camp Murray pay for five speed bumps to

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Sep.
16th

MURRAY GATE: Use community momentum to plan for future

The boat sank. Only the very-taught stern line kept it from going to bottom. It took several hours, ropes, beams and near-swear-words to raise and pump it out, only to return to find it ready to go under again.

It occurred to me that I could keep the pump going and the water leaving faster than it was entering, or I could fix the leak.

A friend of mine, in hearing of my plight, suggested that my boat problem was not unlike the Camp Murray gate problem.

We fought, and will hopefully win, this battle which, for the Tillicum community,

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Sep.
13th

TILLICUM: Leave well enough alone

The entrance into Camp Murray has been as it is for many many years. What is the purpose of spending our tax dollars now, to make changes?

Hasn’t the government already spent way more than it needs to? Tillicum is really a small village, happy to live with the quiet streets that they have. Making one of the main streets a thoroughfare is not necessary and waste of our money.

Please powers that be, reconsider your actions.