Opioid Addiction the scourge of our times… Is there hope?

It is difficult to turn on the news or visit any online property which delivers news without finding new and disturbing information about the opioid epidemic plaguing our society.  The truly discouraging issue here is that this lethal epidemic started in our own doctor’s offices and because of big Pharma’s desire for profit.  It seems hard to believe now that the pharma companies did not know how addictive and dangerous these drugs were when they pushed them on the medical industry who were compliant in believing that the drugs were not addicted.   This epidemic is reaching all walks of society and nobody is untouched by it.  … Read the rest

Tacoma Star Hit by U Boat

Tacoma Star VirginiaThe Tacoma Star was a British steam merchant ship owned by Blue Star of London.  It was attacked by a U Boat (U-109) (Heinrich Bleichrodt) on 1 February 1942 on route from Buenos Aires – Liverpool.   The ship sank with 5107 tons of cargo.  There were 87 people on board and no survivors.  Prior to that on 4 May, 1941, the Tacoma Star sank in dock at Liverpool as result of an air raid, but was salvaged and repaired.

At 03.30 hours on 1 Feb, 1942, U-109 fired a spread of three torpedoes at the unescorted Tacoma Star (Master Robert George Whitehead) and hit her with two torpedoes and caused the ship to sink by the bow after four minutes about 500 miles east of Hampton Roads, Virginia.… Read the rest

Phuket, Sumatra Hit By Quake

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Residents of Phuket and Sumatra got shaken up a bit yesterday when the area was hit by two earthquakes. One of was believed to have hit in the center of the island of Phuket, while the other hit of the coast of Sumatra. A report from Today Online indicates that the damage seems to be minimal; however people in lower areas are being evacuated in case of tidal waves . Although it can be a bit unnerving it shouldn’t interfere with travel plans or those that have a hotel in Phuket booked but it’s always a good idea to contact your travel agent to make sure.… Read the rest

Tips for Driving in the Rain

For the first-time visitor to the Pacific Northwest, it’s common to worry about driving in the rain. It’s perfectly natural to worry, as there are always large numbers of accidents every year where rain plays a factor. The most hardened locals, however, will insist that this has everything to do with the driver. They don’t have experience, and make the wrong prediction at the wrong moment. While Tacoma has its share of road hazards, it’s also one of the nicer cities for learning the ins and outs of driving in the rain .

For one thing, there is a friendliness here that is particular to the area.… Read the rest

Cultural Tacoma

The Museum of Glass  boasts an iconic structure standing near the Thea Foss Waterway; the steel cone of the hot shop is one of the most recognizable structures in the city.

Tacoma Art Museum was founded in 1935 and reopened in 2003 in a new building on Pacific Avenue in Tacoma – now one of three organizations forming the “museum district” (others are Museum of Glass and Washington State History Museum). It is considered a model for mid-sized regional museums.

The Broadway Center for the Performing Arts is the home to three theaters, two of which are on the National Historic Register.… Read the rest

Tacoma History

Tacoma was inhabited for thousands of years by American Indians, predominantly the Puyallup people, who lived in settlements on the delta of the Puyallup River and called the area Squa-szucks. It was visited by European and American explorers, including George Vancouver and Charles Wilkes, who named many of the coastal landmarks.

In 1852 a Swede named Nicolas Delin constructed a sawmill powered by water on a creek near the head of Commencement Bay, but the small settlement that grew up around it was abandoned during the Indian War of 1855-1856. In 1864, pioneer and postmaster Job Carr, a Civil War veteran and land speculator who hoped to profit from the selection of Commencement Bay as the terminus of the Transcontinental Railroad, built a cabin (a replica of Job Carr’s cabin, which also served as Tacoma’s first post office, was erected in “Old Town” in 2000 near the original site), and later sold most of his claim to developer Morton McCarver (1807–1875), who named his project Tacoma City.… Read the rest

About Tacoma, Washington

Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city in and the county seat of Pierce County, Washington, United States.  The city is on Washington’s Puget Sound, 32 miles (51 km) southwest of Seattle, 31 miles (50 km) northeast of the state capital, Olympia, and 58 miles (93 km) northwest of Mount Rainier National Park. The population was 193,556, according to the 2000 census, while the Census Bureau estimated its population at 199,637 in 2009.   Tacoma is the second-largest city in the Puget Sound area and the third largest in the state. Japanese automaker Toyota has a truck named after the city.… Read the rest