Letters To The Editor

Tukwila needs to take care of business | Letter to the editor

Tukwila city government needs to take care of business, such as water…

  • Jul 21st, 2017


No to RFA taxing authority; keep our Fire Department | Letter to the editor

Tukwila residents want a full up city where we have control over its future, its destiny and its taxes.

  • Feb 16th, 2016


The difference between mayoral candidates becoming clear | Letter to the editor

It is now clear than one candidate has chosen deception and obfuscation while the other has chosen to stress his qualifications and vision.

  • Oct 27th, 2015


With separate pool board, more options to serve city | Letter to the editor

There are individuals running for the five elected positions on the ballot, too; but the winners won't become commissioners unless Proposition 1 passes. If it does pass, and you are interested in the oversight of the pool, you can consider running for a commissioner's seat in the future.

  • Oct 23rd, 2015

Pool proposition encourages leadership diversity | Letter to the editor

A Yes vote for Proposition 1 will give the Tukwila Pool Metropolitan Park District the additional attention it not only deserves but quite frankly needs.

  • Oct 23rd, 2015

Quinn is right choice for citizens of Tukwila | Letter to the editor

Our city needs someone who has proved business savvy to work with small business owners and attract new commerce to Tukwila. We need someone who knows how to make the tough decisions that will bring change as well as foster productivity.

  • Oct 23rd, 2015

Campaign finances shouldn’t decide outcome | Letter to the editor

The issues matter. Voting records, experience, and local advocacy matter. Campaign finances should not be a deciding factor in Tukwila.

  • Oct 20th, 2015

Is word ‘supports’ fire, police ethical on campaign sign? | Letter to the editor

But something I saw yesterday made me a little confused. I saw that his opponent had similar stickers on his signs. Driving by, I pulled over my car to get a closer look.

  • Oct 20th, 2015

Give Tukwila opportunity for separately elected pool commission | Letter to the editor

The time is now to allow citizens who have volunteered many hours of their time to sustaining the Tukwila Pool, marketing the Tukwila Pool, volunteering at monthly Tukwila Pool events and to help put Tukwila on the map in a good light by getting involved.

  • Apr 16th, 2015

It’s time to talk about own commission for Tukwila Pool | Letter to the editor

I would like to start a community conversation regarding electing our Tukwila Pool Metropolitan Park District commissioners. Because the MPD is its own separate taxing district, I believe Tukwila residents should be given the opportunity to elect their board of commissioners. That is not the case currently with the City Council acting in ex-offico capacity as the MPD board.

  • Apr 16th, 2015

City discriminating at Tukwila Pool | Letter to the editor

The City of Tukwila crossed over a line it should not have when it converted a program for a group that was renting the pool, excluding men due to a combination of cultural and religious restrictions, from a private program to a public one.

  • Dec 17th, 2013

What a great Fourth of July at Fort Dent | Letter to the editor

People of all ages gathered Thursday, July 4, at Fort Dent for Tukwila’s annual Independence Day fireworks show. Our family arrived at 8 p.m. and found the park filled with families having a wonderful time.

  • Jul 9th, 2013

Joe Duffie brings wisdom to Tukwila City Council | Letter to the editor

Joe Duffie has been a fixture in our community for a long time and he is someone who should be a model for all citizens in our community.

  • Jan 25th, 2013

Tukwila firefighters back Steve Bergquist in the 11th District | Letter to the editor

As president of Tukwila Firefighters IAFF Local 2088, I write on behalf of your local firefighters to endorse and support 11th District candidate Steve Bergquist.

  • Sep 21st, 2012

Put smelly idea in garbage | Letter to the editor

Mandates on garbage collection? Are you serious? (Chuck Parrish, March Tukwila Reporter, “Mandatory garbage collection is best for all.”) The cost of garbage collection will certainly go up when Tukwila citizens have no choice and require every resident to pay for a service whether they use it or not.

  • Apr 26th, 2012

Vote ‘yes’ for the Tukwila School District Levy

Soon you will receive your ballot for the Feb. 14 special election.

  • Jan 17th, 2012

Separating fact from fiction on casinos in Tukwila | Letter

Can Money Buy Elections? Tukwila will find out as it votes on Advisory Measure No. 1 asking residents if they support casinos in Tukwila.

  • Nov 4th, 2011

Legislating morality a road full of danger | Letter

Just before we left on vacation, I read Jenny McCoy’s letter about the casino jobs in the online version of the Tukwila Reporter. She dismissed the jobs as low paying and sometimes just part time.

  • Nov 1st, 2011

Vote no on Initiative 1183 | Letter

Why do we need to get the state out of the liquor business? Why does Costco need to get into the business (other than profit)?

  • Oct 29th, 2011

The truth about 450 family wage jobs in Tukwila social card rooms | Letter

The casino supporters allege that if social card rooms are banned, 450 family wage jobs will be lost. According to the city of Tukwila Finance Department, the actual number of full time jobs for the three casinos still operating in Tukwila is 316, with an additional 98 which are part-time.

  • Oct 20th, 2011

Vote yes on Advisory Measure No. 1 | Letter

Last night, Oct. 13, at the candidate forum, much attention was given to the idea that public safety should not be compromised as we look at additional budget cuts. This is what one expects to hear. Much attention was given to the increase in crime on Tukwila International Boulevard after the Neighborhood Resource Center was shutdown.

  • Oct 20th, 2011

An answer to the $2 million casino closing question | Letter

Where will the money come from? That’s the two million dollar question Tukwila voters are asking as they decide whether casinos should stay or go. While the loss of almost $2 million annually is nothing to sneeze at, it is actually a very manageable problem with acceptable solutions.

  • Oct 13th, 2011

Vote yes on Advisory Measure No. 1 for fiscal responsibility for Tukwila | Letter

We believe in fiscal responsibility. We believe the city should not cut a revenue stream without a plan to replace that revenue or a plan to cut spending.

  • Oct 11th, 2011

The value of endorsements for political candidates | Chuck Parrish

Do endorsements of candidates for office in Tukwila really mean anything? Answer: Very little. Public officials often engage in mutual “back scratching.” You support me in my campaign and I will support you in yours. Or, we go way back and I have to support that person.

  • Sep 23rd, 2011

Busting myths about casinos | Letter

In a free society citizens are allowed to make their own decisions. Nobody wants a “Nanny State” regulating behavior. Americans from libertarians to progressives agree on this.

  • Sep 20th, 2011

Free Tukwila of casinos | Letter

Last February the Tukwila City Council passed Ordinance 2323, establishing Jan. 1, 2016 as the sunset date for casinos in Tukwila. Subsequent pressure from the pro-casino lobby caused some council members to vacillate on that decision. In August, public testimony by citizens prevented the council from rescinding 2323. The compromise, Advisory Measure No. 1, brings this issue to the voters in November, asking if they want to allow casinos in the city or to ban them.

  • Sep 18th, 2011

Collisions and collusion between political parties | Letter

Today’s conventional wisdom touts consensus as the ideal for a Congress or legislators to seek. However, conventional wisdom isn’t always right or wise, nor is consensus necessarily a noble goal. Consider this – consensus means average. Do you want our ambitions to be just average? In addition, the authors of our Constitution constructed federal law as a system of checks and balances on government — not as a consensus-building document. Our founder’s design for legislating dictated that concepts are to be brought before the separate chambers of Congress where discussion about elements described in bills occurs.

  • Aug 14th, 2011

Vote against Tukwila Pool measure | Letter to editor

At the election in August, we are being asked to vote the authority for Tukwila to create a new tax stream, collected every year, on our homes, not to exceed 15 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

  • Jul 19th, 2011

Tukwila Pool is valuable asset | Letter to editor

Our pool has been a valued asset to our community for the past 38 years. Besides recreational swimming there are programs for beginners learning to swim and for seniors maintaining their quality of life.

  • Jul 19th, 2011

Tukwila City Council made the tough choice on gambling | Letter

This past Feb. 22, the City Council of Tukwila banned gambling. As I understand the basis of the majority opinion, the undergirding rationale concerned the parallel principles of values and community, and ensuring decisions for the latter match the former.

  • Jun 13th, 2011

The importance of education and doing the right thing | Letter

The state is facing a $5 billion dollar plus shortage in the budget. There are many reasons why we have gotten to this place but sadly here we are and now we have to scramble to fix it.

  • Apr 14th, 2011

Tukwila City Council made the wrong call on casinos

On Feb. 22nd, in a thankfully rare regrettable decision, the Tukwila City Council voted to end gaming in Tukwila in five years. It was a 4-3 vote with council members Duffie, Hernandez, Robertson and Hougardy voting in the majority.

  • Mar 22nd, 2011

‘I am from Muqdisho…’ A story by local youth

Where I am from I am from Muqdisho, a city that kisses the ocean, where there is war every day. I am from the words trust and love, from my father Ali and my mom Fadumo. I am from the moon and the stars, from Qur’an, Ramadan and Eid, from sambusa and anjeira. Where I am from, the war goes on. The peace is gone. The green grass I remember is now covered by blood and bones. The gun sounds cry out in my old home and destroy my people and country. I am Somali. I hope for peace.

  • Feb 25th, 2011

About my memories: A poem from local youth

I remember my grandmother who lived far away from us. When I was 4 years old I used to visit her. She was an interesting person, a farmer who had a big garden of her own. She used to plant trees on her farm, she had a beautiful house with shade from her trees. I remember there were many different kinds of birds as green as the ground, their colors were as different as the world turns. There were blue shadows in many places and when the people looked at these places of beauty they saw beyond the sea.

  • Feb 25th, 2011

Be aware of hidden dangers in toys

Although there have been great improvements to product safety, an alarming number of children are the victims of toy-related injuries in the U.S. each year. As the holiday shopping season nears, toy safety needs to be considered as adults head out to buy gifts for small children.

  • Dec 23rd, 2010

Socialism: An experiment that failed

Socialism has failed. The bipartisan White House National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform titles their report "The Moment of Truth." Frankly I am glad but their "moment of truth" is four years overdue.

  • Dec 23rd, 2010

Right to Repair act protects small businesses, car owners: Letter

The Automotive Oil Change Association (AOCA) strongly supports the Motor Vehicle Owners Right to Repair Act (S 3181/HR 2057) and urges Congress to pass the pro-consumer, pro-small business legislation.

  • Dec 23rd, 2010

Democrats engineer election fraud

Why is it that Washington State still has so many flaws in the voter-registration rolls? Why have elected Democrats opposed Republican attempts to clean it up?

  • Dec 6th, 2010

Be a hero and help your community: Food bank director’s message

In today's reality, many are looking for a hero. Someone who will lift us out of our misery, take away the sting of today's headlines and get them through tomorrow; an individual with courage, willing to do the right thing, while so many others just talk.

  • Dec 6th, 2010

Tukwila City Council members doing best for community

Recently I noted a letter to the editor that exhibited a very negative attitude about our elected officials. I attend most Tukwila City Council meetings, many of the committee meetings and serve in a volunteer capacity. I know all of these people. I am proud to have them represent me and my fellow Tukwila residents.

  • Nov 6th, 2010