Letter: What has happened to our favorite restaurant?

By Bev Bills

We have enjoyed occasional dinners or breakfasts at Denny’s in Lakewood (100th st.) for years! My husband likes the hotcakes and I like the waffles. There is a friendly, family ambiance that is welcoming. Last Saturday evening (August 29) we decided to visit for dinner and had a HORRIBLE evening…and will probably never go back there again!

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Letter: A crime to be black and Latina in University Place

By Michelle Galaz

In the middle of the afternoon in broad daylight on September 8, 2014, two young ladies volunteer for a congressional campaign. The reason they are walking down a street is they believe in the democratic process–vote, ask questions, read, and volunteer. One lady is a junior at the University of Washington as a Law and Policy major. She has been passionate about politics ever since visiting Washington, DC in 5th grade when she attended Drum Intermediate School in University Place, Washington, where she also graduated from Curtis High School. The other lady is an incoming freshman at Pierce College, new to the area but wanting to learn. [Read more...]



Her eyesight shut down as she was rounding the curve, returning – thankfully – nearly as quickly as it had gone and just in time to avoid the bridge abutment. The ophthalmologist told her she needed glasses. The optometrist – who would have fitted her with corrective lenses except for what he saw – said she needed surgery. He was right. A Ping-Pong-ball-sized tumor had impinged upon her optic nerve and one of the best neurologists in the country performed eight-hour surgery just days later. [Read more...]

Letter: Feds, Not Fathers, On How to Roast Marshmallows

Reminiscing about my dad on this National Marshmallow Toasting Day, August 30.

If there was one thing my dad and I looked forward to at the end of a long day traipsing through the forest, clambering laboriously back and forth and up and down switchbacks and bushwhacking our way over and under fallen trees through dense underbrush and other infernal objects that impeded our access to yet another deep dark pool to catch illusive brook trout, it wasn’t toasted marshmallows. [Read more...]

Letter: Longing for Better Days?

Better Days

Whether past or future given the present is most depressing?

So did Nelson Mandela, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert F. Kennedy, Cicely Saunders, Aung San Suu Kyi, Edith Cavell and Raoul Wallenberg.

All the stories of these individuals just listed are found in the book by Gordon Brown entitled “Courage – Portraits of Bravery in the Service of Great Causes.”

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Letter: Garden Party

Photo by Christina Klas

Standing near the green beans that tower over her and her little sister, McKenzie said she wants to be a teacher “to help other people learn.”

Her little sister Gracie meanwhile has more immediate interests – eating her cereal with blueberries from the garden.

“The Garden” is where the TREE “edible education” program involves a number of local children on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 11 A.M. to 2 P.M. behind the Community Center in Tillicum. [Read more...]

Letter: Little Lending Library in town


By Bonnie Magnuson

Little Free Library, which is library that individuals can build in any design they wish; place it on your property, pack it with an assortment of books and hope that it is visited, (not vandalized). The idea is, “…take a book – return a book.” It’s like a neighborhood book exchange to share the joy of reading. The mission is to promote literacy and the love of reading by building a free book exchange worldwide.

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Letter: University Place Police Levy-The Facts

By Howard Lee

Ms. Tainer’s blog UPtaxes.org posted an article in the August 5th Suburban Times which was titled “understand nuances of the UP ballot measure.” While the article covered taxes in general, as well as the Police Services Levy, it started with a mind numbing amount of data which could be used to reinforce any position concerning the Police Services Levy, depending on how the data was dissected. [Read more...]