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US OPEN: Restrictions are all about money

Re: “Plan would ban boats near Open” (TNT, 4-8).

Every time I read of another restriction placed on the taxpaying citizens of University Place, I have to wonder who is pulling the strings of the City Council.

From the removal of the dog park and the ban on parking on private property to no food trucks or vendors and now a 1,000-yard restriction on the water, it would seem that unless the U.S. Open organization makes money from it, all activities are being banned.

To my way of thinking, this last ploy was meant on ensuring that no one could watch anything without paying,

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UPLACE: PTA likely won’t get restitution

Re: “Ex-treasurer of UP PTA charged with felonies” (TNT, 10-28).

Some years back, I became treasurer to a Lakewood elementary school PTA that had $20,000 stolen by its previous treasurer. That individual was prosecuted and sent to prison for 18 months. This was not that individual’s first offense for theft of this nature.

The other part of the sentencing required restitution of the stolen funds. In all, only $60 was repaid. Then the Department of Corrections turned the account over to a collection agency. That is all that is required in administering the court’s sentencing.

No further legal action can be

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UPLACE: Common-sense solution to parking problem

There is a fair, common-sense solution to the parking problems revealed by the recent University Place Council’s plans for the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.

Streets and highways are (and should be) constructed and maintained with public gas tax revenues to expedite safe vehicular travel only, certainly not for private parking (of cars, boats, RVs or trailers – at any time, day or night). Our gas tax money is solely for public roads – not for private parking in residential, commercial or industrial neighborhoods.

Business and residential owners should provide off-street parking for themselves, their friends and customers on

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UPLACE: Tax increase for police isn’t needed

Re: “Voters should support public safety ballot measures” (editorial, 10-17).

Unfortunately, the editorial failed to tell the whole story about the proposed University Place police tax increase. For example, it never addresses whether or not increased police services are warranted. Numbers supplied by the city police argue against the need for additional officers since crime has actually been decreasing in the city since 2005 (1,372 crimes in 2005 compared to 882 crimes in 2013).

The article did note that the city police department’s “mission is to respond to every call, even ones many other departments don’t bother with.” Responding to a barking

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UPLACE: Voters shouldn’t pass misleading tax

Re: “Police force staffing tied to vote on utility taxes” (TNT, 10-13).

This is just another reason to justify my no vote on almost all funding issues. Hidden taxes are disingenuous, tacky and should be against the law.

Elected officials should be straightforward, honest and open. One should not have to sift through all sorts of regulations and laws to find “hidden” fees that are unrelated to the original funding intent, such as sewer fees to build a golf course, utility taxes to fund police, etc.

There are laws against deceptive advertising, I believe. Do they not wonder why the polls

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UPLACE: Grassi’s comment self-serving

Re: “New Grassi’s sets sights on April opening dates” (TNT, 3-26).

I find Ken Grassi’s comment that “the community is starving,” in reference to the lack of restaurants in University Place, to be rather self-serving. He was one of the City Council members who threw out Mama Stortini’s to make room for the disaster now known as the Town Center.


UPLACE: 2015 U.S. Open will be a financial windfall

Re: “Study history to avoid a huge loss” (letter, 9-17).

The writer obviously does not understand the U.S. Open, coming to University Place in 2015. The U.S. Open is not an event put on by University Place or even Pierce County. It is put on by the United States Golf Association.

The USGA has the experience of having put on 113 successful opens all over the United States. Before we were considered for the 2015 U.S. Open, Pierce County presented the USGA with thousands of pages of planning documents for everything from transportation, housing, security, medical, car rental, player

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TACOMA: Utilities will hike rates if taxed more

Re: “Tacomans support utility tax for road repair” (TNT, 7-30).

The article on taxing utilities shows some very misleading survey questions. It almost appears that this 2 percent tax is free money.

Here are some facts. Tacoma Public Utilities’ rate model is “cost of service.” If its cost increases 2 percent, so will the rates.

More than half of Tacoma Public Utilities’ customers are outside the Tacoma city limits, and these folks don’t even get to vote on this measure. Is that even constitutional? Taxed but not represented. Seems we once fought a revolution over that.

My rates may

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