Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Zina Linnik

June
1st

TPD: Police not required to tell media anything

Re: “Chief once fired cop for lying” (TNT, 6-1).

The News Tribune been shilling for plaintiff’s counsel in this absurd matter of the Zina Linnik Amber Alert notification, but things have now reached pathetic levels. Let’s be clear about a few things:

• Nobody at the Tacoma Police Department was under any obligation to reveal anything to either The News Tribune or other media outlets about the case or any other active investigation. You are a private, for-profit businesses and not telling you things or not telling you the truth is no offense, criminal or otherwise.

• Sadly, Zina Linnick

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May
10th

TPD: Turn pressure off embattled chief

We Americans love to build up people, then tear them down. It’s happening with Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell. Apparently many have forgotten the turmoil in which Tacoma was embroiled when he assumed command.

Ramsdell was a topnotch officer, a cop’s cop and a public servant who has shown great respect for Tacoma’s citizens. Under his leadership, a bruised and shaken agency regained its identity and sense of mission, as well as its reputation and standing in the community.

My heart goes out to Zina Linnik and her family. They have suffered so much from the actions of a killer.

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May
10th

TPD: Ramsdell has a history of integrity

The recent articles about Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell seem sensationalized and one-sided. Each new story contains bits and pieces of information that try to paint a picture and plant a seed of doubt about Ramsdell’s character.

I could see this type of scrutiny if Ramsdell had a history of his integrity being called into question, but that is not the case. He has worked tirelessly to improve the standing of the TPD.

Ramsdell was with and supported Zina Linnik’s family every step of the way. Zina’s case was the first Amber Alert for the TPD. Any problems that led

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May
9th

TPD: Police aren’t the ones whose credibility was marred

Re: “Zina flub mars cops’ credibility” (TNT, 5-8).

What’s the matter? Did you get a high-priced citation from a Tacoma police officer? Is that why you splatter the front pages with the harsh stuff about the police so long after the Zina Linnik murder? Not enough true journalists on your staff to find real news to put on the front page, so you resort to checkstand sensationalism.

My seventh-grade teacher called it yellow journalism. Tacky. Pathetic. You are following the path of your TV compatriots.

Your bottom line will increase temporarily because of this tabloid-type rubbish. But real readers of

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May
9th

TPD: Why focus on one person’s opinion?

Re: “Police chieflied to citizens,’ review board member says” (TNT, 5-6).

I’ve known Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell for 20 years, and I’ve personally seen what high standards he holds for himself and for his family. I also know he was up more than 36 hours working on Zina Linnik’s abduction case in 2007 and was personally so distraught when they found her.

I realize this is a report on the review board meeting and how member Trisha King Stargel was so outspoken in saying she hated “to be lied to.”

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May
3rd

TPD: These ‘good guys’ fell down on the job

Re: “TNT foments public’s distrust” (letter, 5-3).

The writer tells your newspaper to lay off the Tacoma Police Department on the Zina Linnick abduction and murder simply because they’re “good guys.” She has to be out of her mind.

Good guys don’t fail to do their job when it comes to issuing an Amber Alert that could save a kid’s life. Nor do they cover up a failed Amer Alert for four long years.

April
28th

TACOMA: Public pays the consequences

Re: “Lies hurt, says city” (TNT, 4-27).

Our young mayor, fresh from ethics orientation, has now weighed in on the deeper subject of police conduct. It’s a pity the holder of what is essentially a ceremonial position has to be trotted out to run interference for the serial incompetence of such career bureaucrats.

The slight comfort I get from having learned that little Zina Linnik’s life ended relatively quickly and the ill-launched Amber Alert might not have availed in no way relieves our marginally competent police management from responsibility.

It galls us taxpayers that we will now be presented a

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April
27th

TACOMA: Commit to safer community

Re: “Lies hurt, says city” (TNT, 4-27).

This tragedy will only heal and move forward by each of us committing to decide what we can do on a recurring daily basis to make our workplace, community or recreation area safer, better places, as each of our elected, employed or volunteer officials do during each day.

I am grateful to the Tacoma mayor and each council member physically standing behind her stating the real culprit in this issue is Terapon Adhahn. I personally know each public servant in this issue. I know their commitment to making our city a safer, better

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