Letters to the Editor

Wealth is created when government provides the proper conditions | Letter to the Editor

I was saddened to read the “almost amused” attack on Rich Elfers and his recent column on business and government. It was typical of the extreme conservative view that wealth is the end all and be all of this country or our existence. It was saddening to see a defense of child labor and 14- to 16-hour work days.

  • Aug 13, 2015

Disagrees with take on government, business | Letter to the Editor

I read with almost amusement the writings of Richard Elfers and his analysis of big government vs. big business. If Mr. Elfers would do us all the favor of developing a basic understanding of economics, we would all be better served. Perhaps his first lesson should be the teachings of Adam Smith and a reading of the “Wealth of Nations.”

Disagrees with take on government, business | Letter to the Editor

I read with almost amusement the writings of Richard Elfers and his analysis of big government vs. big business. If Mr. Elfers would do us all the favor of developing a basic understanding of economics, we would all be better served. Perhaps his first lesson should be the teachings of Adam Smith and a reading of the “Wealth of Nations.”

  • Jul 30, 2015

Expanding trail would better serve Tait legacy | Letter to the Editor

I read the story (Courier-Herald, July 7) about Dr. Tait and his legacy, which is the Foothills Trail. I think it is admirable that the group wants to honor him; the trail is a fantastic way to get exercise and spend some time in nature.

  • Jul 23, 2015

Disappointed that papers haven’t joined in fight | Letter to the Editor

Rich Elfers nailed the I.S. problem by citing the historical facts about the World War 1-created nation states. In “Future Jihad,” Walid Phares warned us about the rise of a caliphate and Osama skillfully snookered the U.S. into his hands with the 9/11 attacks. (The first World Trade Towers attack didn’t “take” but now we’re in our longest war ever with the “GWOT.”)

  • Jul 18, 2015

Disappointed that papers haven’t joined in fight | Letter to the Editor

Rich Elfers nailed the I.S. problem by citing the historical facts about the World War 1-created nation states. In “Future Jihad,” Walid Phares warned us about the rise of a caliphate and Osama skillfully snookered the U.S. into his hands with the 9/11 attacks. (The first World Trade Towers attack didn’t “take” but now we’re in our longest war ever with the “GWOT.”)

Enumclaw will not experience a flood of new houses | Letter to the Editor

On June 23, 2015, there was an article in The Courier-Herald indicating that approximately 400 homes were approved to be built in Enumclaw. The recent Courier-Herald article could be misunderstood by our community to believe that there is immediate major growth coming to Enumclaw in the near future.

  • Jul 17, 2015

Questions surround debate over farm land | Letter to the Editor

Some thoughts after reading the City Council workshop meeting notes of May 2, 2015. Notes regarding the Thomas farm property located next to state Route 410 on the outskirts of Enumclaw. There was another meeting on July 6 regarding this same purpose. People could attend the meeting but there was no opportunity to comment, hence this letter to the editor.

  • Jul 16, 2015

Fireworks put both lives and property at risk | Letter to the Editor

I’d like to advise our neighbors that their illegal aerial fireworks on July 4th were dangerous.

  • Jul 15, 2015

Rich aren’t paying fair share – they pay more | Letters to the Editor

Rich Elfers’ recent column bemoaned the wealthy not paying enough taxes which is the “scoop du jour” for the liberal media on a too-frequent basis. This constant mantra of taxing the rich borders on a near maniacal envy. A jealousy likened to “if I can’t keep up with the Jones, I’ll incessantly trash them for their fancy cars, boats and palatial palaces.”

  • Jul 4, 2015

Rich aren’t paying fair share – they pay more | Letters to the Editor

Rich Elfers’ recent column bemoaned the wealthy not paying enough taxes which is the “scoop du jour” for the liberal media on a too-frequent basis. This constant mantra of taxing the rich borders on a near maniacal envy. A jealousy likened to “if I can’t keep up with the Jones, I’ll incessantly trash them for their fancy cars, boats and palatial palaces.”

Buckley City Hall issues response to criticism of cemetery operation | Letter to the Editor

The following is in response to a “letter to the editor” appearing in the June 17 edition of The Courier-Herald. The original letter lodged complaints about operations at Buckley City Cemetery. The city first issued the letter below to the involved citizens and has provided it for publication here.

  • Jun 24, 2015

Congressman’s plan is harmful to those on Medicare

Washington’s 8th Congressional District U.S. Rep. David Reichert is a traitor to his senior constituents and their family members. He has introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives the Trade Adjustment Assistance Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1892) that would pay for the funding of the TAA through what amounts to a $700 million cut to Medicare over 10 years.

  • Jun 19, 2015

Upset by actions taken at Buckley cemetery | Letter to the Editor

As a resident of east Pierce County and a person with my infant son buried in the city of Buckley cemetery, I feel it is my responsibility to express my frustration – or, better yet, disdain and disgust – for the care our cemetery is receiving.

  • Jun 17, 2015

Hope the Cowboy Gathering stays an annual event | Letter to the Editor

Having grown up in Enumclaw it was a great pleasure to attend the first and second Plateau Cowboy Gathering.

  • Jun 12, 2015

Cartoonist aiming at limited audience | Letters to the Editor

I would like to address the satire illustrator, Shiers Jr., who has been gracing the Courier-Herald with his satire art in past months.

  • Jun 12, 2015

Audience was rude to performers | Letters to the Editor

I have attended Cowboy Gathering since Enumclaw started having this event. I think it is rude and insulting to the performers that volunteer to perform. The venues are very noisy making it difficult to hear. People continue to talk during the performance.

  • Jun 12, 2015

Bond approval will have far-reaching benefits | Letter to the Editor

The passage of the Enumclaw School District’s capital bond means that our facilities will finally be on par with the surrounding districts’ buildings. But the real value will be the improved learning and teaching environment, giving teachers and students the core facility and resource components they need to prepare for college, career and life.

  • Jun 4, 2015

City didn’t follow advice to support local business | Letters to the Editor

I am writing to tell the powers that be at Enumclaw City Hall how disappointed I am that they chose to give the contract for the city hanging baskets to a nursery out of our area. The contract was given to Windmill Gardens in Sumner, which as everyone knows is in a different county. They do not pay taxes to our schools, library or fire department.

  • May 16, 2015

Disappointed with city’s business decision | Letters to the Editor

If you are a business owner in Enumclaw and a vendor for the city of Enumclaw and its current mayor, for over 30 years, to find out (after the fact) that you are summarily dismissed without notice – how would you feel?

  • May 16, 2015