Opinion

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 This Week's Paper
Our view: Déjà vu all over again

The idea of term limits for elected officials has been around for generations. The concept is actually not a bad idea since not only does a cap on public service keep seats for elected bodies from becoming “old guard” networks of life-time council members; it also allows people at least a paper’s chance to land a council seat by not having to battle against an incumbent.
The Tacoma City Charter limits council members and the mayor to 10 consecutive years either on the council or as mayor before they have to take a “break in service,” a period that is not defined in the charter itself.
Save Tacoma Water wants to change that. The local water-watching… Continue Reading

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Editorials

Guest Editorial: America’s life-saving work in Africa

Imagine your family members and friends begin to die for unknown reasons. When HIV/AIDS is revealed as the cause, the deaths continue. Even when medicines come out, they are too expensive, and the deaths continue. Tuberculosis complicates the problems and often brings death to people with weakened immune systems caused by AIDS. This is the story of many countries during the 1990’s and early 2000’s, Zambia being… Read More

Guest Editorial: Trumpcare: An International Embarrassment

Paul Ryan justifies the current Trumpcare bill as promoting freedom – the right not to have to buy health insurance and thus be “free” to be unhealthy. It’s a revolting position to take, not to mention inhumane and short-sighted, reminiscent of Marie Antoinette’s infamous advice to the starving French masses: “let them eat cake.” A large, unhealthy population – 52 million by 2026,… Read More

Letter to the Editor: Patricia Le Roy

Dear Editor,

The Alzheimer’s Association’s 2017 Facts and Figures report found a soaring prevalence, lack of effective treatment and enormous costs for Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
In Washington State, with over 110,000 people living with Alzheimer’s, it is the third leading cause of death in our state. The 5.5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s will grow… Read More

Letter to the Editor: Michael Ball

Dear Editor,

(Re: “An immigrant's road to Tacoma, family, a Chinese restaurant and home” by Larry LaRue, TW 3/10/17)
Thank you for the article on Sam Fong. We ate at his restaurant for many years and my wife, son and I have often wondered what became of him and his family.
Sam started calling my son “won ton soup boy” since that is what he always… Read More

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