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June
12th

Unhappy residents need action, not city threats

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

When some Tacomans painted impromptu crosswalks on St. Helens Avenue, they weren’t just trying to make their neighborhood a little safer. Whether it was their intent or not, they were also sending a message to the city.

That message is that they perceive their city government to be unresponsive to their needs. And that should be at least as much concern to officials as the “rogue” crosswalks that have cropped up.

The city has reacted to the makeshift markings by threatening prosecution — hardly a way to gain trust and convince residents

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Jan.
23rd

Finishing SR 167 should be high on delegation’s to-do list

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

When South Sound lawmakers talk about their legislative priorities, near the top is finishing state Route 167 – the six-mile Port of Tacoma bypass. But completing the SR 167 extension has been a priority for more than two decades. It’s time to stop talking about it and get moving on it.

With competition growing from Canadian ports and a widened Panama Canal threatening to take shipping business away, Washington lawmakers and local business interests recognize how important it is to get trucks quickly between the port and points east.

The Washington State Department of Transportation refers to the $1.5 billion SR 167 extension as “a critical missing link in the state’s highway network.” Besides moving trucks more efficiently, the freight corridor also would take a lot of big semis out of heavy Interstate 5 traffic, decreasing accidents and rush-hour gridlock. Read more »