Gateway: Opinion

Letters to the Editor, April 8

Rising bridge toll a heavy burden for seniors

I am an 88-year-old senior citizen who crosses the Narrows Bridge daily to visit my husband who is living in an adult family care home in Tacoma. I never thought I would see the day that it would cost $4.50 to cross the Narrows Bridge, and now the toll is rising to $5, then $5.50, then ???? Let's see now.

In July this year that will total $1,825 per year. That amount out of Social Security is more than many senior citizens can afford. Hotels, restaurants, etc., offer a senior citizens’ rate, so why not introduce the same for the Narrows Bridge toll? There are stores in Tacoma that we don't have in Gig Harbor and I'm sure many seniors refrain from crossing the bridge to shop because of the toll charge. In fact, I personally have been in conversations with other seniors who have admitted to that fact. A reduced rate for seniors would surely make a difference.

I suppose an answer to my problem would be NOT to visit my husband every day. Don't even suggest it. It's one of the few things we have to look forward to each day.

Betti Niedermeier

Gig Harbor

What is Council Chair Dan Roach afraid of?

Looking at those who have commented and blogged on various sites, the majority of those who are requesting the voters to decide the outcome of the new Pierce County office building via a referendum are Republicans. And most of those are tea party folks with a sprinkling of “Democrats” so they can call it bipartisan.

But all politics aside, why not let the court system decided the validity of the referendum? This is the checks and balances system that keeps things in order. Why are the referendum folks and Pierce County Council Chair Dan Roach afraid to let the courts look at the validity of the referendum? Look at the weed law that got voted in ... what a mess. Before they got too far down the path, let the courts look at it so it does not cost taxpayers millions to defend it. Just because the voters decide does not make it right. It is about who dumps money into the campaign when the referendum is on the ballot. Many of us believe this is politically motivated, especially by Roach for a future run for county executive.

Angie Elliot

Gig Harbor

Charm, quaintness of Millville will be wiped out with zoning change

Gig Harbor citizens participated in open houses to create the Harbor Vision Statement, and now the majority of the City Council intends to ignore this vision. The Council proposes to dispense with regulations in the Comprehensive Plan, created to protect and celebrate historic Millville.

The City Council promised Millville residents there would be no businesses interfering with their family way of life. This promise guaranteed and assured residents there would be limited sizing for cafe restaurants, reduced operational hours, less noise, parking availability and no grills or deep fat fryers. Presently, the existing restaurants fit in well with their neighbors.

Stan Stearns intends to move a commercial restaurant into one of his existing buildings.

Additionally, he is building two new buildings. For him to rent to the commercial restaurant, he requested a zoning change. This zoning change allows commercial and fast food restaurants in every waterfront property from Skansie Park thru Suzanne’s Bakery. Mr. Stearns has done this against the wishes of his neighbors (69 say no to zoning changes, 5 in favor).

The charm and quaintness of Millville will be wiped out by such a zoning change. This is the very thing we all said made our town unique and needed to protected. City Council has an obligation to value the lives of citizens who voted them in, above developers. Promises must be kept to all to preserve this historic neighborhood. This zoning change must be denied.

Jeni Woock

Gig Harbor