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Sound Transit, rescue mission must both prevail

This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

Tacoma needs two outcomes from the dispute between Sound Transit and Tacoma Rescue Mission.

One: Sound Transit must get on with building its 8.2-mile Tacoma Dome-to-Lakewood commuter rail extension.

Two: The rescue mission must ensure that 140 homeless men can continue to sleep at the South Tacoma Way shelter that sits 55 feet from Sound Transit’s tracks.

Both can happen – and should – if Sound Transit is to fulfill its obligations to this community.

The three-county transit authority took the rescue mission to court this month to force the condemnation of land it needs to get Sounder trains to Lakewood.

The agency is rightly anxious to secure the land it needs to get Sounder trains to Lakewood. The agency initially promised to extend Sounder service to that city by 2001; Lakewood residents have been paying taxes for nearly 14 years on the promise of commuter rail service.

But the Tacoma Rescue Mission’s plight is similarly sympathetic.

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Tent cities: There’s got to be a better way

Why would a guy who cares about the homeless be against a tent city for the
homeless? Let us count the reasons.

David Curry, who runs the Tacoma Rescue Mission and finds room for a whole lot of homeless people at his inn, came by yesterday to update us on what the mission’s doing. He said he was glad the Puyallup City Council recently opted not to let homeless advocates erect a 40-tent city in the community.

Here’s his take:

“I’ve never been a fan of tent cities. I don’t think it’s humanitarian.”

“What we do is we put somebody in a tent and say, ‘Now you have a tent.’ It’s a little condescending.” It just “maintains people in misery.”

“I understand the argument.” Tent cities might make sense in a place like Lima, which has 5 million people below the poverty line. In Pierce County, though, roughly 1,800 people are homeless. “That’s is a manageable problem.”
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