The Tacoma News Tribune had printed the word “shit” only 19 times in nearly three decades. Then President Trump reportedly called other countries “shitholes,” and all bets were off. Don’t expect such language to be the new TNT normal.
The functions of Washington’s criminal justice system are carried out by counties, including providing defense attorneys for the poor. But the state doesn’t pay the freight, and that’s unacceptable, writes Pierce County Councilman Derek Young.
Our global dependency has grown to define our existence, like it did for the pencil my graduate school TA held in his hand nearly 10 years ago, writes columnist Mario Penalver of Gig Harbor. And here is where President Trump goes wrong.
Seventy percent of young adults in Washington state won’t have chance to serve because they can’t pass the entrance exam, or because they have been in trouble with the law, or are too physically unfit. A retired Pierce County military leader wants to see that trend reversed.
Young immigrants need Congress to resolve the approaching deadline facing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program – or DACA – that has allowed them to live and work in the U.S. without fear, writes Congressman Dave Reichert.
Safety was clearly a secondary consideration in developing the Point Defiance Bypass, writes Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson, and that’s a raw deal for cities like his along the new passenger rail line where a deadly derailment occurred Dec. 18.
Without concrete action by the city to create additional housing and provide rent support, Tacoma is likely to find itself with newfound services funneling the homeless into housing that simply doesn’t exist, according to a local doctor.
The Puyallup Tribe of Indians opposes the location of the proposed liquefied natural gas plant on the Tacoma Tideflats. The LNG plant would be sited within feet of the Puyallup Tribe’s Reservation, schools and residences.