Letters to the Editor

City needs to get a grip on its budget problem

In the State of the City address by Mayor Dana Ralph, she acknowledges the annual deficit of $2 million, the Panther Lake annexation dollars going… Continue reading

  • May 4, 2018

Fund police without putting the burden on taxpayers

Kent voters overwhelmingly rejected higher utility taxes to fully staff the Kent Police Department. Concerning another measure in August, Mayor Dana Ralph said, “It’s that… Continue reading

  • May 4, 2018

Stop asking for more from those with less

I am a senior citizen and I voted, with reservations, for the April 24 ballot items. I do have thoughts regarding the clear voter rejection.… Continue reading

  • May 4, 2018

Backing our superintendent amid difficult times

I would like to express my support and appreciation to Kent School District Superintendent Calvin Watts. He is being responsible by balancing the district budget.… Continue reading

  • Apr 26, 2018

Join, continue to fight against Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Association 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report reveals that, for the second consecutive year, the total national cost of caring for people… Continue reading

  • Apr 26, 2018

Getting by on limited means

With the exception of education and health care, nothing could be more important to the public than our police and firemen. I would love to… Continue reading

  • Apr 20, 2018

No more tax increases

The city of Kent has and is continuing to look for a “blank check” from the residents of Kent. For more than a decade, the… Continue reading

  • Apr 20, 2018

We need efficiency with our tax dollars

It would appear that our local government and service agencies are not particularly adept at heeding their own recommendations to the citizenry. In another example… Continue reading

  • Apr 20, 2018

Vote yes on Prop 1

These days it seems more fashionable to cast stones and criticize than to lay bricks and collaborate to help build a safer community. I have… Continue reading

  • Apr 20, 2018

Regional fire authority well worth our support

I am a Kent resident of two years and a former resident of Covington for more than 30 years who has been actively involved in… Continue reading

  • Apr 20, 2018

The Facebook problem

How did this social-media behemoth evolve from a college project to an international phenomenon with the insidious potential to sway democratic elections both in America… Continue reading

  • Apr 13, 2018

When does the taxpayer and property owner get a break?

Using the Kent Reporter (April 6) and the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority’s Emergency Responder (Spring 2018), they want more money. The city of Kent… Continue reading

  • Apr 13, 2018

Clarifying city’s role as Prop A comes before voters

I have received a lot of questions in recent weeks from Kent residents who are unclear about the relationship between the city of Kent and… Continue reading

  • Mar 30, 2018

Unified against sexual assault

As a longtime resident of Kent, I’m writing to thank and commend Mayor Dana Ralph and City Council members for supporting survivors of sexual assault… Continue reading

  • Mar 30, 2018

More reasons for gun violence, deaths

Ken Paul says that there are three reasons why gun control won’t work (“The wrong weapons; there’s more we can do,” March 16, Reporter). I… Continue reading

  • Mar 30, 2018

Clearing the air on our climate

In Bonnie Lawlor’s letter (What do patriotism, freedom mean?” Reporter, March 16), she claimed the “conservatives” changed the term “global warming” to “climate change.” Fact… Continue reading

  • Mar 30, 2018

‘Crisis pregnancy centers’ pose problems

As a resident of Washington and King County for 37 years, I have worked for decades on behalf of a woman’s right to receive the… Continue reading

  • Mar 22, 2018

‘Trump Peace Tower’: hope in diplomacy

President Trump quickly accepted Kim Jong Un’s invitation. Preparations are now underway for a meeting between Trump and Kim before the end of May, on… Continue reading

  • Mar 15, 2018

Keep Kent safe, support Proposition A

National concerns about public safety, such as the Parkland, Fla., occurrence, simply remind us that we are responsible for supporting our own local institutions. Proposition… Continue reading

  • Mar 15, 2018