Letters To The Editor

In four years, we can judge Trump efficiency

There was an irony in recent letters to the editor (Feb. 8) that was not lost on me. One was appalled at the apparently foregone conclusion that there would soon be 10 million uninsured people in our country (repealing Obamacare), while the other seemed to suggest we continue to indiscriminately let hundreds of thousands of uninsured people into our country?

  • Feb 22nd, 2017

 

Black Diamond should pay for council defense

The city is supposed to insure and indemnify and protect employees and officers for any act performed while doing their duty. We need this protection for our council members.

  • Feb 16th, 2017

 

We are what remains of American treasure

There is a small restaurant on 6th Avenue in Tacoma called the Southern Kitchen. It is African-American owned and been there for decades.

  • Feb 22nd, 2017

 

Stay on the side of the morally upright

By writing this letter, I am speaking up to encourage an examination of two recent immigration decisions either being considered or already made by President Trump.

  • Feb 9th, 2017

Next HHS Secretary Must Continue Progress in Alzheimer’s Battle

The Senate will soon hold hearings to determine if Georgia Congressman Tom Price will be our country’s next Secretary of Health and Human Services. As HHS Secretary, this cabinet position has a direct impact on how the Trump Administration prioritizes the fight to end Alzheimer’s, a cause close to my heart.

  • Jan 20th, 2017

RE: the ongoing Black Diamond controversy

Not having been in attendance at any of the meetings but having seen similar situations play out, I’d like to offer a couple of comments on what I have read in your columns and letters to the editor.

  • Jan 5th, 2017

Mass media must stop leaning to the left

I got a kick out of Rich Elfers’ column of Nov. 23 trying to explain to a Seattle Times columnist why Black Diamond and Enumclaw were pro-Trump in contrast to the rest of King County.

  • Dec 15th, 2016

Mayor is the real problem in Black Diamond

Recently Yarrow Bay/Oak Pointe spent money on a favor for the Mayor to file a lawsuit against the city of Black Diamond, which she was glad about. Since when does a mayor welcome a lawsuit against her own city?

  • Dec 13th, 2016

Holiday shopping etiquette…

…or anyday etiquette.

  • Dec 7th, 2016

Pet owners grateful for prompt police response

The wonderful thing to come out of all this is a profoundly new appreciation for the helpfulness and kindness of our police.

  • Nov 30th, 2016

Trump much more moral, honest than Clinton | Letter to the Editor

I don’t believe in PolitiFacts, fact finding groups or any polls.

  • Nov 21st, 2016

Dissing the Black Diamond Police Department

Council members Pepper, Weber and Morgan are at it again, this time…

  • Nov 11th, 2016

Legal marijuana a step back

Generally, though I may not always like to, I can accept when…

  • Nov 11th, 2016

Americans will never back Obamacare

Like most Americans, I want to live in a society that takes…

  • Nov 11th, 2016

More reasons to vote no on Sound Transit | Letter to the Editor

A previous letter (Courier-Herald, Sept. 21) gave us an overview of the tax environment in the Washington State mentioning the upcoming ballot wherein Sound Transit is floating a $54 billion initiative to extend their train and transit system.

  • Oct 14th, 2016

Defining evil in this presidential election | Letter to the Editor

In a well-known book, "People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil" (1983), psychiatrist M. Scott Peck explored the nature of evil from his distinctly religious as well as psychological perspective.

  • Oct 13th, 2016

Every election at every level is important | Letter to the Editor

This election cycle, the state Senate, Legislature and gubernatorial election is vital to your pocketbook.

  • Sep 16th, 2016

Will vote for Clinton with no heaviness of heart | Letter to the Editor

Your letter moved me. Especially your heavy heart.

  • Aug 26th, 2016

GPD may be high but poverty levels still rising | Letter to the Editor

As Benjamin Disraeli or Mark Twain stated, "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics." The following statistics may cause more glazed eyes than doughnuts at the local bakery, but here goes.

  • Aug 23rd, 2016

Letting my moral compass point the way in this presidential election | Letter to the Editor

Like the author of last week's column, I too am frustrated with the political realm and the choices we face for presidential candidates. Unlike the author, I decided weeks ago to avoid watching the many regional and statewide appearances of the remaining competitors, especially given the hate-filled vitriol that permeates the press and televised proceedings.

  • Aug 23rd, 2016

With a heavy heart, a vote for Donald Trump | Letter to the Editor

I watched as much of the political conventions of both parties that I could stomach. I wish Ted Cruz received the Republican nomination; he is a smart, pro-Constitution candidate that loves this country. But that is politics.

  • Aug 11th, 2016

We can’t open the door for discrimination | Letter to the Editor

Although I have agreed with Mr. Elfers on several topics, I have to take issue with his stance on discrimination against gays based on religious liberty ("Same Sex Marriage Act before Supreme Court" published July 27).

  • Aug 2nd, 2016

Vote Fortunado for State House seat | Letter to the Editor

My name is Dr. Holly Dickson. I have lived and practiced in Enumclaw for over 14 years and I love our little town. Our family has known Phil Fortunato for many years and consider him the best choice for 31st District state representative.

  • Jul 27th, 2016

Considering what America is about | Letter to the Editor

In a recent letter (July 6, 2016 edition of the Courier-Herald), Jon Buss has offered us an attempted but failed effort at character assassination of Hillary Clinton and collaterally of Barack Obama, focusing on the tragic events in Benghazi, Libya.

  • Jul 14th, 2016

Elfers’ column wrong on the rich | Letter to the Editor

Richard Elfers' last column maintained the mantras the liberals chant about the terrible rich 1 percent and their ways. Of course his laser focus pinpointed Donald Trump and his supposed inheritance of $100 million to $300 million, a figure disputed by Trump and his siblings.

  • Jul 12th, 2016

World is too dangerous to have Hillary in the White House | Letter to the Editor

After an eventful primary presidential election, it appears the presidential candidates have been chosen: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. I must say that the Democrats choosing Hillary Clinton is very depressing to me. Despite the history that Hillary has provided to voters, Democrats still chose her to represent them in the presidential race.

  • Jul 7th, 2016

Chris Hurst thanks community and clarifies his wife is not retiring

I really appreciate the kind messages I have received from folks after the Courier-Herald story announcing my decision not to run this year for re-election to the Washington State House of Representatives. It has been my honor to serve you in Olympia.

New changing room rules a safety concern | Letter to the Editor

The YMCA and more recently the Target Corporation have announced their locker rooms, dressing rooms and restrooms will now be gender neutral to accommodate transgender individuals. I am firmly for tolerance and inclusivity, but this approach creates a loophole for predators. A man does not have to be dressed as a female, but simply "identify" as female to have unquestioned access to the locker room or bathroom of his choice.

  • May 5th, 2016

Fire chief makes case for support of ballot measure | Letter to the Editor

Ballots for the April 26 special election will be mailed on April 8. Inside, you will see a ballot issue for East Pierce Fire and Rescue asking voters to consider re-setting (or lifting) the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) levy lid to the originally-approved 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value.

  • Apr 7th, 2016

Obama active like king, not like a U.S. president | Letter to the Editor

Rich Elfers is needlessly confused and completely wrong in his analysis and question “why the Republican party has antipathy toward the President” (March 30, editorial).

  • Apr 5th, 2016

Bonney Lake council considers creating transportation district

In an effort to raise revenues for maintaining and improving roads amid falling gas taxes and traffic impact fees, Bonney Lake is considering creating a transportation benefit district, much like dozens of other cities like Buckley and Enumclaw. The city held a public hearing to let city residents give their input on the idea during the regular council meeting March 29.

Sumner musical enchanting | Letter to the Editor

It was my privilege to attend the Saturday night performance of this absolutely enchanting musical at Sumner’s Performing Arts Center. The cast was impressive. The audience was told that only three of the cast of some forty some members were “dancers” – one would never have guessed given the variety, complexity and number of dancers involved.

  • Mar 29th, 2016

Fire District 28 levy funds will improve emergency response times | Mayor Liz Reynolds

The people of Enumclaw Fire District 28 have an opportunity to vote and approve a six-year operations levy that would strengthen the fire andEMT safety of our community.

  • Mar 18th, 2016

Levy lid lift of Fire District No. 28 will allow staffing at safe levels

I am writing this letter as a resident of King County Fire District 28 and a citizen, not as a fire district commissioner.

  • Mar 18th, 2016

Fire District No. 28 levy passing would result in better insurance rates

I’d like to encourage support by April 26 when Enumclaw voters will be asked to vote on the 2016 levy lid increase.

  • Mar 18th, 2016

District shouldn’t have promoted ‘yes’ votes | Letter to the Editor

During the 2015 Enumclaw school bond campaign the school district arranged private meetings with 22 businesses and organizations within the district to do sales pitches for the upcoming election (District officials told me that these organizations asked for Mike to come and give the pitch for the bond. This sounded highly unlikely). When I went to the organizations the superintendent spoke with, I asked the people there: “Was Mike Nelson here to get a yes vote?” They all said yes.

  • Feb 17th, 2016

Black Diamond should lose its outside influence | Letter to the Editor

Some points from the last Feb. 4 Black Diamond Council meeting. While having a quorum on a council committee may not be illegal if properly noticed per RCW 42.30, there are still serious conflicts of interest if this were to actually occur in the small town of Black Diamond. Having three members of a five member board on a standing committee makes no sense.

  • Feb 16th, 2016

District needs to be held accountable for errors | Letters to the Editor

I am writing about the Jan. 20 article, “School bond won’t pay for all high school upgrades.”

  • Feb 16th, 2016

It was election, not rule changes, that split council | Letter to the Editor

The rule changes didn’t split the Black Diamond City Council, as you reported; the election did.

  • Feb 12th, 2016

New council members doing the right thing | Letter to the Editor

Black Diamond’s new council members are doing all the right things, but their opponents from the election are wasting time and taxpayer money trying to disrupt them. With sour grapes after their endorsed candidates lost last fall, in a landslide election, some are trying to keep doing business the old way.

  • Feb 12th, 2016

White River bond makes sense to district teachers | Letter to the Editor

Teachers have a unique perspective when it comes to bonds and asking the community to stretch their budget. Teachers – specifically White River School District teachers – want the community to have the very best for our students, your children.

  • Jan 29th, 2016

Approve White River School District bond | Letter to the Editor

We are parents to four children who have successfully completed their elementary and secondary education at White River, continued on to higher education and have become successful members of their communities. Currently we have five grandchildren who are students in this district.

  • Jan 29th, 2016

White River student urges public support for coming school bond | Letter

I am a senior at White River High School and have lived in this community my whole life; although I attended Carbonado School K-8th grade.

  • Jan 19th, 2016

Inappropriate use of taps during musical | Letter to the Editor

My mother came to Washington for a pre-holiday visit. She was the kind of mom who decorated the entire house at Christmas. Putting ornaments on the tree, singing carols, making and decorating sugar cookies are a few of things she did with us when we were children that made this time of year magical for us. Four years ago, our holidays took a different spin.

  • Jan 13th, 2016

New legislation does not restrict gun rights | Letter to the Editor

I find myself unable to resist the necessity to rebut the talking points of the anti-Obama right parroted by J. Buss ("With current president, our country is less safe," Jan. 6).

  • Jan 15th, 2016

Inappropriate use of taps during musical | Letter to the Editor

My mother came to Washington for a pre-holiday visit. She was the kind of mom who decorated the entire house at Christmas. Putting ornaments on the tree, singing carols, making and decorating sugar cookies are a few of things she did with us when we were children that made this time of year magical for us. Four years ago, our holidays took a different spin.

  • Jan 13th, 2016

New legislation does not restrict gun rights | Letter to the Editor

I find myself unable to resist the necessity to rebut the talking points of the anti-Obama right parroted by J. Buss.

  • Jan 13th, 2016

With current president, our country is less safe | Letter to the Editor

I think I have finally figured out President Obama’s strategy to deal with ISIS. It is a three-pronged approach.

  • Jan 8th, 2016

With current president, our country is less safe | Letter to the Editor

I think I have finally figured out President Obama’s strategy to deal with ISIS. It is a three-pronged approach.

  • Jan 8th, 2016

Columnist doesn’t understand the conservative position | Letter to the Editor

The nursery rhyme that opines that boys are made from snails and puppy dogs tails and girls from sugar and spice is cute.

  • Dec 4th, 2015