Letters to the Editor

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 19, 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 13, 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 13, 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 22, 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 25, 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 25, 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 23, 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 23, 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 23, 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 6, 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 6, 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 5, 2010

David Tracy is the best choice for judge

I am writing to encourage voters to vote for David Tracy for King County District Court S.E., No. 6. I have known David for nearly 20 years. I met him when he was a single parent raising his nephew and niece and my own children were in school with them. David was very involved with the school district for a long time. When I served as a director on the Kent School Board I could count on David for committee help and unbiased input.

  • Oct 18, 2010

Matt Williams: A cut above the rest for judge

Most voters are completely stumped when it comes to voting for judges. Unless you appear in court every day or have had a personal experience with a judge, you have no idea who to vote for. However, this time, the voters in the Southeast part of King County have a clear choice. Matt Williams is simply a cut above the rest.

  • Oct 18, 2010

Pour these booze initiatives down the sink

The two initiatives pertaining to the state Liquor Control Board, 1-1100 (Costco-supported) & I-1105 (supported by booze distributors), would cost the state and local governments as much as $730 million over the next five years — this according to the non-partisan OFM budget analysis.

  • Oct 15, 2010

Light rail benefits community

After reading Michael Ennis’s “analysis” of the cost of the light rail in the initial August edition, followed in September by Marilynn Van Hise’s short proclamation of approval, I’ve decided that I simply cannot let these two letters pass without comment. Ms. Van Hise, I am sorry, but I do not think that any of us who struggled for decades to bring clean, modern, efficient mass-transit solutions to the Seattle metropolitan area are bobbleheads.

  • Sep 29, 2010

Lax laws behind sexual attacks

I am so sorry to read about these two women who were raped. What a sad commentary on our society that we have so many women who are sexually attacked. The same can be said for all the children who are molested.

  • Aug 26, 2010

Rein in spendaholic Congressional members, including Murray

If we are ever to rein in runaway government spending, the place to start is to put the fat pig called "pork barrel" on a permanent diet. This means retiring the members in Congress who solicit their constituents' votes with promised earmarks, which are then attached to what might otherwise be a justifiable bill.

  • Aug 26, 2010

The Boondoggle Trolley

Thanks for the premiere edition of the Reporter! I think it is a great idea! I was pleasantly surprised to read the article by Michael Ennis about what I call the Boondoggle Trolley.

  • Aug 24, 2010

Sound Transit Light Rail: ‘Massive waste of taxpayers’ money’

As our first year with light rail comes to a close, Sound Transit officials are certain to declare the experiment an unqualified success. Yet, a closer look at the actual performance shows citizens are not getting what they are paying for.

  • Aug 17, 2010