Famed author of children’s books and poetry Frederick Ogden Nash said of our venerable forebears, “When grandparents enter the door, discipline flies out the window.” Most fortunately for young 12-year-old Don Podraza the opposite was true.
Letter: Getting answers is RIP-off taxing
Does walking or biking the trails going through our neighborhoods require proof of local residency? Our taxes pay for them so the answer is no. Enjoying an afternoon digging for razor clams along the Washington coast, other than a license permit and a shovel, is there some other elite group membership required? No, as citizens […]
The Few… The Proud… The ‘Young Marines’
The last Saturday of every August, all types of Marines from across Western Washington convoy to Enumclaw, in the shadow of Mt. Rainier. They commemorate the 32 fellow Marines lost seven decades ago on the slopes of Mt. Rainier. Old ‘devil-dogs’ join active duty Marines along with these Young Marines.
Letter: The RIP referendum question
Is Lakewood’s controversial Rental Housing Safety Program (RHSP) subject to a vote of the people by way of a referendum petition for which 3,750 valid signatures of Lakewood residents would qualify the measure for the ballot in one of the designated special elections established for that purpose?
Letter: But I tried, didn’t I?
The other night “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” was a movie my wife and our ‘adopted daughter’ were watching on TV. I’d seen it before and was too tired to stay with it anyway. But as I headed off to bed with my every-evening bowl of rainbow sherbet, I watched the scene where McMurphy […]
Letter: So why wasn’t there a RIP-roaring ‘survey’?
The results of a survey of the strength of Lakewood’s rental market are in. A survey?
Tai Chi and Comfort Foods with Dorothy Wilhelm at The Fair on Sept. 14
Many doctors are prescribing Tai Chi for their older patients as it is helpful in many ways including improved balance, preventing falls, even heightening immune system. If your doctor has suggested Tai Chi but you don’t know how to get started, you have your chance at the Washington State Fair Home Arts Department on September […]
Letter: Lakewood’s landlords run amok
The sticky note from the landlord on their apartment doors said, in effect, ‘like’ me on Facebook or get evicted. Said one of the tenants, complaining to the news outlet, “I don’t want to be forced to be someone’s friend and be threatened to break my lease because of that. It’s outrageous as far as […]
Westside Story – International Survey, Trump or Clinton?
For decades we have been beneficiaries of information garnered from professional political surveys and citizen poles such as the Gallup Poll, Real Clear Politics and USA Today. I recently established a new political pole called, The Suburban Times International Political Pole known by the acronym, TSTIPP, phonetically pronounced tistipp.
Letter: Marshmallow roasts and rental inspection programs
Can you safely roast marshmallows without the government’s help? Are BBQ’s using too much BBQ sauce a fine-able infraction during a burn ban for which surreptitious photographs are taken and mailed – along with the fine – when a courtesy contact might have sufficed? Are rental inspection programs that sweep into the dustbin all landlord […]
Letter: Contrasting the Lakewood Council position on smoking bans vs. rental inspection
Lakewood is in the news again – mentioned in an August 16, 2016 Editorial Opinion of the Tacoma News Tribune – for having created buffers surrounding children in public parks to distance them from obnoxious adult behavior, i.e. smoking. Unlike the Fife City Council whose members voted 4-2 earlier this month to ban “all tobacco […]
Westside Story – KUDOS To City of Lakewood
During the past several months I have suffered from the pain of writing numerous articles critical of an idea promoted and passed by our city council, the Rental Registration & Safety Inspection Program (RRSIP). I strongly support the concept that each of us should be as diligent with our compliments as we are with our […]