"Having been born and raised in Tacoma, I learned long ago that the only things that ever really change are the dates on the calendar and the names of the people in power. In the long run they do nothing but make noise, and nothing really changes."
JON FORSETH, HOME
"The more government tries to prevent unqualified people from pushing their way to highly paid government positions, the more it costs the taxpayer. There is always a point where the cost of additional governmental effort exceeds the potential benefit, and the taxpayer is thereby made poorer."
MICHAEL G. NELSON, PARKLAND
"You will always have domestic violence. Laws and punishment will not stop it. The same goes for governing the city. Any time there is power and/or money, there will be corruption, without fail. Tacoma still has a lot of covering up in city government, and until there is a clean sweep, improvement cannot happen."
NORMA PLUMLEY, PACKWOOD
"Why should the citizens of Tacoma have to pay such a high retirement salary to Corpuz and Woodard when they were most likely into illegal activities or who knows what they had on someone there who holds the purse strings. They should have both been let go without pay. Something smells rotten about the whole situation."
BETTY WATTS, TACOMA
"Not enough has not been done. The people who hired Ray Corpuz and/or David Brame should be gone."
JACQUIE HACKETT, TACOMA
"Tacoma is a city dirty with cronyism and has been for as long as I can remember. Nothing will be improved until personal integrity is expected and practiced up and down the chain of authority. That won't happen until the grass roots demand it."
BARBARA WILLIAMS, GIG HARBOR
"In my opinion, the Tacoma City Council must be held accountable. After all, we elect the City Council, we do not elect the city manager or police chief."
GLENN A. BURDEN, TACOMA
"I am troubled that the city manager could be involved in something so destructive to life and still retire with a fat income. The assistant chief also retired and she, too, receives a large retirement. Why is it all right for those in power to abuse the power and retire in wealth?"
CAROLINE MERRYWEATHER, GIG HARBOR
"No matter how big of a witch hunt and no matter how many others went down in the ensuing domino game, I am not sure anyone could have foreseen the events that added up to the tragedy of one year ago. Has enough been done? I doubt it, but I also doubt enough can ever be done, because we live in a world so full of litigation and rules enacted to prevent, constrain or promote that everyone has become immune to the most important rule - common sense."
RON GORE, TACOMA
"Even with all of the investigations, there has been no accountability accepted by those that allowed Brame to rise to the position that he held, and that is still unacceptable."
SUSAN CORNWALL, PUYALLUP