Letter: Foster Care Placement Crisis in Pierce County

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By Erika Thompson

Pierce County has a desperate need for foster families. Each night there are children sitting in the Tacoma office waiting for placement. On Monday there were eight children, on Tuesday six children ranging from age 2-14 years still without a place to rest their head at 10 pm. [Read more…]

Letter: An interview with Ben Gonter, candidate for Lakewood City Council

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“Clearing the mouth of the Columbia with a cold wind kicking up whitecaps around them, the Susquehanna lay over on her side and took the bone in her teeth, pointing her bows into the cold northern seas as if anxious for the green water that lay ahead.”

– “Sitka” by Louis L’Amour.

Ben Gonter is not the pilot of a ship but has piloted a plane and now wants with the same firm hand required of both challenging and adventuresome pursuits to help steer the direction for Lakewood as candidate for City Council. [Read more…]

An open letter to Donald Trump

Mr. Donald Trump:

My family and I came across the border of Mexico into America when I was young. We were not drug dealers, criminals or rapists. At age 17, I became a naturalized citizen and took an oath to defend our country and obey the laws of the land. I fought for my country, so that everyone—yes, even you, could be free to express themselves. I fought for freedom and democracy, but I cherished the idea that my sacrifices would make our country better and stronger—not more divisive or destructive. I had in mind not only the family that raised me, but also the family I would raise, law-abiding patriotic citizens who care deeply about the future of all Americans and hold to the ideals of democracy and equality. [Read more…]

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…]