Letter: Music education–more important to our kids lives than ever before

Hello! My name is Christiaan Garcia and I am proud to call the Pacific Northwest my home. I grew up in this area, attending school in Lakewood/Steilacoom.  Now that I have a family of my own, I am carefully evaluating some of the changes that I have seen in education, specifically in the arts programs offered by our public schools. [Read more…]

Letter: Thank you 2015 Cherry Blossom Sponsors

Elizabeth Sierra-Arruffatt, Photographer

Two hundred ladies and gents attended the DuPont Historical Society’s 2015 Annual Cherry Blossom Tea and Vintage Fashion Show on Saturday, May 2 at Chloe Clark Elementary School. This year’s theme was Women in Action: A Hundred Years of Ladies’ Sports Fashions. The Fashion Show was written and produced by Nancy Barones with the Tacoma Goodwill Industries Olden Goldie Guild. Guild members modeled ladies’ sportswear fashions from the past century that were pulled from the Goodwill vintage fashion collection. Tables were decorated in athletic themes (past and present) by volunteers and table hosts. [Read more…]

Letter: An open letter to the Lakewood Police Department

Lt. Chris Lawler,

Per the link here – the Lakewood Police Department’s Press Release found on the city’s website and dated April 22 but as of this date, May 4, not seen in any media publication – “regarding the officer involved shooting (fatal) that occurred on 04-21-15 in the City of Lakewood,” there are indeed “a lot of questions and requests for additional information.” [Read more…]

Letter: Where are our civic leaders?

Andie Gernon

I attended the Thursday vigil at the Lakewood Police Station in memory of Daniel Covarrubias, killed last week by two Lakewood Police officers at a lumber yard near Lakewood’s Park and Ride.

The small crowd, mostly fairly young and diverse, plus a few members of the victim’s family, listened to a few short speeches, and, carrying candles, marched to the scene of the homicide, to place a memorial there.

The crowd’s burning question was why hadn’t the officers been interviewed as of a full week after the shooting? Speakers pointed out that a civilian shooter would have immediately been arrested and interrogated, possibly at some length. [Read more…]