More Buses for Northeast Tacoma

Beginning this fall Northeast Tacoma will have more bus service. Pierce Transit, in partnership with King County Transit, will be trying out a pilot program to give residents of the northeast corner of the city more chances to commute by bus.

According to an article in The News Tribune, the pilot project is aimed at reducing long wait times for riders in the area headed to downtown Tacoma, and improving connections to the Federal Way Transit Center. Beginning September 27 service will shift, with King County taking over some Northeast Tacoma service to offer more trips north to Federal Way, where riders can connect with other regional routes. 

For those of you familiar with the bus system in Northeast Tacoma, the changes will include making the current Pierce Transit Route 62 an express route between the QFC on 49th Street Northeast and the 10th and Commerce transit center. King County Metro Route 903 will take over the current Route 62, increasing the number of daily trips to the Federal Way Transit Center (find more details in the TNT article).

The TNT quotes Pierce Transit's inerim public relations officer (and current Tacoma City Council District 3 candidate), Justin Leighton, saying that this will be the first time King County's buses have taken runs into Pierce County. The TNT further reports that Pierce Transit will pay King County Metro $157,930 for the service, in addition to the $268,768 it already pays for service to Northeast Tacoma.

Is this another symptom of the outflow of Seattlites with jobs up north to live in Tacoma? 

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I’d like to see Tacoma join King County’s bus system—we’d likely get much better service than we do tied into the horribly underfunded Pierce Transit system.  In fact, I wouldn’t mind it if Tacoma was annexed by King County completely…

July 23, 2015 at 10:19 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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I would not want to live in (now ML) King County at all.
I prefer (Franklin) Pierce County even if was named after a anti abolishionist fugitive slave act enforcing drunkard former President.

July 23, 2015 at 1:48 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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I would not want to live in (now ML) King County at all.
I prefer (Franklin) Pierce County even if was named after a anti abolitionist fugitive slave act enforcing drunkard former President.

So how do you feel about hundreds of Tacoma’s black teenagers who wish to attend high-school in the neighborhood they live in having the no choice but entering a building named after, and in honor of, the most virulent racist and segregationist to occupy the White House in the last hundred-fifty years?

Here is the text of just one of the emails I have sent to Tacoma City Council members, Pierce County Council members, the Mayor, the County Exec, and the Tacoma School Board and Superintendent.


Wilson High School in Tacoma, which is attended by hundreds of African American teenagers, is named after a virulent racist and segregationist.  Tacoma Public Schools would do well by by stripping the name Woodrow Wilson off of this institution and the City should be out front on this issue.

Woodrow Wilson’s racial bias was on display long before he was elected to the White House. When Wilson was president of Princeton University, a student from a Baptist college in his home state of Virginia applied there.  Wilson answered “that it is altogether inadvisable for a colored man to enter Princeton.”

For me,” biographer Scott Berg said, “the worst thing Woodrow Wilson did as president was what he didn’t do. That was in 1919 when the soldiers came home from the war. Many of them were African-Americans. They came home thinking: ‘This is our moment. We’ve lost brothers, we have shed blood, this is the time we have shown we are full-blooded Americans.’ But he said nothing…

Based on a novel, “The Clansman” by Wilson’s good friend Thomas Dixon, the book and movie rewrote Southern history with a false account of Reconstruction. It presented “noble” whites as dominated by barbaric freed black men tried to sexually force themselves on white women. Like Wilson, Dixon and Griffith were children of Confederate parents.

C-SPAN recently showed the whole three hours of “The Birth,” which remains in circulation because Griffith pioneered nearly two dozen film making techniques, including some still used today and taught in film schools despite its racist message. Griffith invented the use of an original musical score written for an orchestra, night photography (using magnesium flares), the use of outdoor natural landscapes as backgrounds and introduced fancy title cards. He added a card one that quoted Wilson’s praise after the White House viewing. Wilson was quoted as saying, “It is like writing history with lightning, and my only regret is that it is all so terribly true.”

“The Birth of a Nation,” boosted KKK recruitment, but it made black Americans cry, and in some Northern cities resort to rioting. The newly created NAACP tried and failed to get it banned. The black press went to war against it print. But Griffith, who later regretted his negative racial portrayals, prevailed in theaters and in the minds of bigots.



July 27, 2015 at 8:56 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Woodrow Wilson brought Jim Crow to the North. He had been inaugurated on March 4, 1913. At a cabinet meeting on April 11, his postmaster general, Albert S. Burleson, suggested that the new administration segregate the railway mail service; and treasury secretary William G. McAdoo, who would soon become Wilson’s son-in-law, chimed in to signal his support. Wilson followed their lead. He had made a bid for the African-American vote in 1912, and he had attracted the support of figures such as W. E. B. Du Bois, but, as he put it at the meeting, he had made “no promises in particular to Negroes, except to do them justice.” Burleson’s proposal he welcomed, but he wanted “the matter adjusted in a way to make the least friction.”

Wilson prided himself on having pioneered the new science of rational administration, and he shared the conviction, dominant among his brethren, that African-Americans were racially inferior to whites. With the dictates of Social Darwinism and the eugenics movement in mind, in 1907, he campaigned in Indiana for the compulsory sterilization of criminals and the mentally retarded; and in 1911, while governor of New Jersey, he proudly signed into law just such a bill. Prior to the segregation of the civil service in 1913, appointments had been made solely on merit as indicated by the candidate’s performance on the civil-service examination. Thereafter, racial discrimination became the norm. Photographs came to be required at the time of application, and African-Americans knew they would not be hired. The existing work force was segregated. Many African-Americans were dismissed. In the postal service, others were transferred to the dead-letter office, where they had no contact with the general public. Those who continued to work in municipal post offices labored behind screens — out of sight and out of mind. When the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the National Independent Political League objected to the new policy, Wilson — a Presbyterian elder who was nothing if not high-minded — vigorously defended it, arguing that segregation was in the interest of African-Americans.

All of the above is documented fact.  Today we cannot turn on the news without being aware that American is having a national debate regarding the appropriateness of having the Confederate Battle Flag displayed on our public institutions.  I have a larger question for the politicians of Tacoma and Pierce County Washington: how much longer are we going to allow this public high school to be named after such an avowedly racist individual as Woodrow Wilson?


FYI, most have ignored this email, of those who have responded they are not interested in even opening a dialog regarding this travesty.  And it is a travesty. 

Here are a couple links to document this information:

You can learn more about Wilson and his vile racist and segregationist views by typing Woodrow Wilson Racist or Woodrow Wilson Segregation into any search engine.

July 27, 2015 at 9:01 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Hmmmm…......  so no one, save myself, is the least bit concerned about this?  Well, if you are ignorant of history and too shiftless to do a little research on your own, let me introduce you to someone you have probably never heard of Mr Monroe Trotter.

Mr Trotter, among other notable civil rights leaders form the Wilsonian era, took exception to the degradation being heaped on his fellow black Americans, and went straight to the White House with his concerns. 

Mr. Monroe Trotter - Mr. President, we are here to renew our protest against the segregation of colored employees in the departments of our National Government. We [had] appealed to you to undo this race segregation in accord with your duty as President and with your pre-election pledges to colored American voters. We stated that such segregation was a public humiliation and degradation, and entirely unmerited and far-reaching in its injurious effects. . . .

President Woodrow Wilson - The white people of the country, as well as I, wish to see the colored people progress, and admire the progress they have already made, and want to see them continue along independent lines. There is, however, a great prejudice against colored people. . . . It will take one hundred years to eradicate this prejudice, and we must deal with it as practical men. Segregation is not humiliating, but a benefit, and ought to be so regarded by you gentlemen. If your organization goes out and tells the colored people of the country that it is a humiliation, they will so regard it, but if you do not tell them so, and regard it rather as a benefit, they will regard it the same. The only harm that will come will be if you cause them to think it is a humiliation.

Mr. Monroe Trotter - It is not in accord with the known facts to claim that the segregation was started because of race friction of white and colored [federal] clerks. The indisputable facts of the situation will not permit of the claim that the segregation is due to the friction. It is untenable, in view of the established facts, to maintain that the segregation is simply to avoid race friction, for the simple reason that for fifty years white and colored clerks have been working together in peace and harmony and friendliness, doing so even through two [President Grover Cleveland] Democratic administrations. Soon after your inauguration began, segregation was drastically introduced in the Treasury and Postal departments by your appointees.

President Woodrow Wilson - If this organization is ever to have another hearing before me it must have another spokesman. Your manner offends me. . . . Your tone, with its background of passion.

Mr. Monroe Trotter - But I have no passion in me, Mr. President, you are entirely mistaken; you misinterpret my earnestness for passion.

July 27, 2015 at 4:07 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Just in case you are not able to get your mind around what Woodrow Wilson was saying re: Monroe Trotter… let me help you out here. 

“If this organization is ever to have another hearing before me it must have another spokesman. Your manner offends me. . . . Your tone, with its background of passion.” 

Basically, what Woodrow Wilson was saying was:  Get this uppity N**** out of my sight and don’t ever let him confront me with the facts of what my Administration has been up to with regard to re segregating the federal Civil Service and the US Military.  Both of which had been desegregated for the previous fifty-years.  Both the federal Civil Service and the US Military had been providing black Americans a chance at a better life, Woodrow Wilson’s Administration slammed the door to those opportunities in the face of blacks as well as other minorities, such as Catholics and immigrants form southern Europe.  But it was against blacks that his policies had the most far reaching and lasting effects.

July 27, 2015 at 4:18 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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