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TACOMA: Union Station story brings back memories for its roofer

I’m sitting here on Easter Sunday in my new Arizona home, looking out at palm trees and various cacti and staring at a picture of the waterproofing work being done in 1989 on Union Station thanks to The News Tribune website: Life is good!

As a young man growing up in Tacoma, I was the son of one of the most well-known roofers in town. A native of Arkansas who was dropped off on the doorstep of the Puget Sound by the U.S. Army, he met his wife at the fair and settled down.

In 1988, I was all of

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BUDGET: Arts fuel economies, communities

Clearly, easy budget cuts are history and we are looking at painful cuts to vital services at every level – federal, state and local. But before we dismiss cultural programs like public radio and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) – what The News Tribune agrees are “nice-to-haves” (We agree, 3-3), let’s take a little closer look at two local examples of the ramifications of NEA support.

Small grants from the NEA Folk Arts Program led to the opening of the Commencement Bay Maritime Center in 1995. The once-deserted warehouse is now the highly successful Foss Waterway Seaport and

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