Letter: Lakewood Spends Gambling Treatment Grant on Sea-doos

Part of Lakewood’s $55,503 grant to treat problem gamblers was used to buy one or more Sea-Doo’s to patrol Lake Steilacoom.

Public Disclosure Request (PDR) documents [(2012-2013) and (2013-2014)] recently obtained from the City of Lakewood reveal this and other less-than-admirable outcomes of a unanimous vote by the Lakewood City Council on August 6, 2012 to authorize the expenditure of $55K in federal grant money to treat problem gamblers. [Read more…]

Letter: Don’t get burned this burn ban season


If you are the Deputy Mayor of Puyallup and your tenant conducts an illegal marijuana grow operation, are you liable? No.

If you receive a photo-enforcement notice of a traffic infraction in Lakewood and you, as the registered owner of the offending vehicle, allege you were not the driver, must you identify who was behind the wheel at the time of the photograph? No. [Read more…]

Letter: Leaks (and Lotteries)

A crack in a roof and a leaky government in which your money is used in the latter case to plug holes – holes mostly imagined, many holes government-created – are similar in both the damage done and the costliness of repairs and that only if you can find, after repeated and frustrated attempts, the infernal source. [Read more…]

Letter: Why we row

HOTL, 2012, picture 6

Because, quite simply, we’re not multitaskers.

In the days when service stations actually serviced customers by pumping their gas, I worked at one while attending college. Just not for very long – neither service station nor college. Too much going on at the same time for my simple mind to handle. [Read more…]