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UWT: Planned statue forgets Tacoma’s roots

Re: “It’s time to come to terms with Tacoma’s shrinking grit” (Matt Driscoll column, 4-21).

The University of Washington Tacoma’s decision to make its new “W” statue from steel clearly forgets Tacoma’s past.

Any material, other than aluminum or timber, is an obvious oversight and perhaps even a slight.


UWT: Keep enthusiasm level up for Prairie Line Trail

Re: “Newly dedicated trail pays homage to city’s rail history” (TNT, 9-26).

Even the light drizzle of rain on Thursday (Sept. 24) could not dampen the enthusiasm and excitement of dedicating the trail whose iron tracks from the Northern Pacific Railroad run through the central part of the University of Washington Tacoma campus.

Although the project is not fully completed, sections of grass, gravel and brick have replaced the unsightly old rusting iron tracks. This capital projects improvement is part of the continuing commitment by the University of Washington to make its branch campuses more community-friendly and a place

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TACOMA: Billboard blight threatens civic projects

Tacomans should be excited about two great civic projects that are being built in downtown Tacoma. The $2.6 million Prairie Line Trail project will run through the University of Washington Tacoma, cross Pacific Avenue and pass adjacent to the Tacoma Art Museum.

The museum itself is undergoing a $15.5 expansion and will soon house the Haub Family Collection of Western American art.

Unfortunately, a single rusty dilapidated billboard threatens to squander much of the potential benefit of these civic projects. Sitting right in the middle of the proposed Prairie Line Trail, the billboard with absurdly force the pedestrian path to

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TACOMA: Seeds planted for UWT law school

As the legislative session ended, I was pleased to see the state budget include $400,000 to help further develop the idea of a law school at the University of Washington Tacoma. This is welcomed news, and I thank our Pierce County legislators for pushing for this funding and to the many vocal proponents in our city and region for supporting the concept.

I am committed to UWT doubling its size within the next decade, and a law school will provide tremendous opportunities for students and for continued growth of UWT as a regional education force. We all must row in

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EDUCATION: Federal program has shown its value

Re: “Efforts boost college success for low-income and minority students” (Katie Baird column, 5-23).

While complimenting worthy programs like the College Success Foundation and Palmer Scholars, Baird’s column unfortunately is misleading when discussing the effectiveness of federal college-access programs like TRIO and GEAR UP.

Baird refers to a recent policy brief, “Time for a Change: A New Federal Strategy to Prepare Disadvantaged Students for College,” which cites a Mathematica Policy study that has been disavowed as “seriously flawed” by the very Department of Education staff assigned to monitor it.

TRIO has been a vital part of college access and

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HEALTH: Retain funding for nurse-family program

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and Board of Health are faced with a loss of revenue from federal Title XIX administrative match funds, a loss that affects services to vulnerable families in our community.

One of the programs affected is the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP). This program has the potential to transform generations of children and families by improving birth outcomes for first-time mothers and their children. The program also has long-term effects, including reduced crime and substance abuse.

A 2013 study, “Societal Return on Investment in NFP Services,” demonstrated that for youth served by the NFP, there was a 53

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UWT: Campus should go tobacco-free

Great news that the University of Washington Tacoma and the YMCA plan to build a fitness center on the UWT campus (TNT, 1-17). May the wise decision-makers (students and staff) at UWT utilize this opportunity to also embrace a tobacco-free UWT campus like Pacific Lutheran University.

Having a tobacco-free campus and a fitness center would demonstrate that UWT values student and staff health and, more importantly, walks the talk. Imagine many students graduating fit and free from addiction.


BUSES: Transit connects people to jobs, education

When I was 14, I got a youth bus pass for my birthday. I got to see parts of Tacoma that I had never seen before, like Proctor and Old Town. I was free to go to the local library at will, without needing to ask my parents for a ride.

When I was a little older, I did Running Start at Tacoma Community College, where I took college classes for free. Thanks to frequent midday bus service, I was able to attend both high school and college classes each day. I wasn’t the only young person doing this. After

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