Letters To The Editor

Notion of ‘privilege’ does nothing to help those who struggle

White Privilege. Where was it when my single mother trying to feed her four children got the windows of her car shot out as she crossed picket lines to work the night shift grading lumber in a sawmill full of men?

  • Sep 20th, 2017

 

Those who benefit from white privilege should help end it

I am compelled to respond to George Terhaar’s recent letter to the editor “Character, not skin color, leads to success” (Sept. 6, 2017).

  • Sep 14th, 2017

 

No need to feel guilt, but strive to understand differing points of view

In response to “Character, Not Skin Color” (Sept. 6) I, too, am a white male of middle age, and very grateful to have been born in the USA.

  • Sep 12th, 2017

 

Character, not skin color, leads to success

I find the statement and the people uttering “white privilege” tiresome.

  • Sep 6th, 2017

Black Diamond Mayor will not follow the rules

As a former Planning Commissioner for Black Diamond I believe in following the rules. But unfortunately our current Mayor does not.

  • Sep 5th, 2017

Still no good reason to have pot in Bonney Lake

I still have not heard a reason why it’s so important to have a recreational marijuana store in Bonney Lake.

  • Aug 31st, 2017

Hate has no home on the Plateau

The events that transpired during the weekend of Aug. 12-13 in Charlottesville, NC should serve as a wake up call and a call to action for us all.

  • Aug 25th, 2017

Questions increase in taxes for fire service

I read the same information twice in the newspaper so I assumed that just like the internet, it must be true. Twice in print it said East Pierce Fire and Rescue needed $1.3 million more money to hire nine new firefighters.

  • Aug 23rd, 2017

Keep marijuana out of Bonney Lake

The subject of recreational marijuana sale is once again at the forefront of discussion, and is going to be on the ballot for citizens of Bonney Lake to choose this fall.

  • Aug 16th, 2017

Personal responsibility is health-care answer

One of the issues with any health care in the U.S. is the fact that many of us want “the best” of care without being willing to personally invest what is required to take care of our own health.

  • Aug 11th, 2017

Hanrahan for Black Diamond City Council

In my opinion Ed Hanrahan will make an excellent Black Diamond City Council member and deserves your vote.

  • Aug 9th, 2017

National parks are an important economic output

Mayor Reynolds is correct we have a lot to lose if Mount Rainier’s trails, roads, sewage and water systems and historic buildings are not properly maintained.

  • Aug 2nd, 2017

Use election to rid BD of negative influence

Black Diamond residents, we are once again in the local election season and I’m writing to urge you to join me in voting for Erin Rose Stout for Black Diamond City Council, Position 4, in the primary election (Election Day deadline, Aug. 1).

  • Jul 24th, 2017

Proud to lend support to federal Caregivers Act

I am writing to proudly advocate for the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act, now moving through the U.S. Senate as S. 1028.

  • Jul 6th, 2017

Thank you, scholarship funders

Enumclaw High School would like to thank the following sponsors who generously contributed to 2017 local scholarships. Thank you for assisting our seniors in reaching their post-high school goals.

  • Jul 3rd, 2017

Thank you, attenders of Seattle Children’s Enumclaw Guild luncheon

Thank you to all for making this luncheon a success.

  • Jun 15th, 2017

Thank you, Enumclaw Schools Foundation

I am the teacher librarian at Sunrise Elementary and I wanted to…

  • Jun 9th, 2017

ALZ Participants Match Challenge

I’m pleased to announce a challenge match of $30,000 available this June to support our state’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s fundraising.

  • Jun 7th, 2017

Hope is around the corner

Is there hope for Black Diamond?

  • May 25th, 2017

Concerned about the Trump presidency

Trump can do whatever he wants.

  • May 23rd, 2017

Challenge to support Rainier Foothills

The Courier-Herald’s article about the Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation’s annual giving campaign has generated questions and concern from community members, especially within our senior population. We appreciate the editor letting us address these concerns.

  • Apr 13th, 2017

Fix our healthcare system before it explodes

Another left-wing progressive column from Elfers on March 22 compels me to write this letter.

  • Apr 6th, 2017

Reichert has lost my vote

I’m forced to conclude that Dave Reichert was stating a big fat lie when he said his goal remains to provide healthcare access for all Americans.

  • Apr 5th, 2017

To beat Alzheimer’s in the future, the fight must start now

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.

  • Mar 30th, 2017

Don’t mix business with religious beliefs

I am responding to Richard Elfers’ opinion column regarding whether or not people should be allowed to disobey the law based on their own religious beliefs.

  • Mar 16th, 2017

Urge adequate funding for our national parks

On March 2, 1899, President McKinley signed legislation creating a 365-square-mile national park, the fifth ever designated by Congress.

  • Mar 14th, 2017

Business owners must treat everyone equally

So Richard Elfers now wants us to go back to the days of separate-but-equal in regards to civil rights.

  • Mar 10th, 2017

Concerned with USPS mailbox regulations

Today I got a notice in the mailbox informing me my mailbox was out of compliance because it was 33 inches from the ground to the bottom of the mailbox (it is supposed to be at least 45 inches).

  • Mar 3rd, 2017

Doctor, people like you will make us great again

The last few weeks have been depressing with the direction our country is moving. However, we read a letter to the editor (Courier-Herald, Feb. 8) from Dr. David Schumer from Auburn.

  • Feb 24th, 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

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

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