Why Silence is CRITICAL at Tacoma Rescue Mission

the Tacoma Rescue Mission vs. Sound Transit Tacomic
posted Jul 27, 2010
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For an throughly non-partisan account of this news item I would direct you, idle reader, to this exceptional Exit 133 readers digest blog posting. You could probably cut and paste the whole text below this cartoon.  However, this cartoon tries to address a very real possibility that the already unstable inhabitants of the Tacoma Rescue Mission could mistakenly interpret harsh industrial scraping and whistle sounds (commonly associated with rail transport) as the second coming of Jesus Christ a.k.a. Judgement Day and thus trigger an unhappy, premature 'mass suicide' event.  It COULD happen!  Thus and so, it is imperative Sound Transit spare no expense in the latest soundproofing technology. It is a matter of faith-based life and death.  Thank you for your consideration.

 Previously on 'the tacomic' 

by The Jinxmedic on 7/27/2010 @ 7:55am
Hey Kool Aid! with a "Mr Yuk" face- that's fantastic.

I also like the homage to the "True Grit" homeless-types- well done, sir.

by NineInchNachos on 7/27/2010 @ 8:17am
thank you sir... this imagery haunts me.

by NineInchNachos on 7/27/2010 @ 9:07am

by tacoma1 on 7/27/2010 @ 9:14am
I especially like the guy (Mr. Curry, I presume) leaning out of the top of the steeple with said koolaid pitcher in hand.

The smiley face on the train is a nice touch too.

by fredo on 7/27/2010 @ 9:14am
Why does Thomas the Tank Engine hate poor people?

In a few years, a more enlightened group of Tacomans will realize the harm we've done to these poor people by waking them up in the middle of the night. They will then begin a multi- million dollar fund raising / tax raising effort to construct the tourist-attracting "City Mission Hobo Reconciliation Park." Imagine some day in the distant future a little boy will get a postcard from Grandma and Grampa postmarked Tacoma Washington. It might say something like this:

"Dear Billy, today we toured CMHRP. We rode in a shuttle bus shaped like a shopping cart. There was a display case full of cardboard "will work for food" signs. Even a showcase with some old malt liquor cans. There was a framed cartoon by some long dead artist named RR which even made fun of us! We certainly learned what life was like for these poor unfortunates, what with all the noise and so forth. Someday we hope you will be able to visit this place and enjoy the feelings of reconciliation that we have. Love as ever, gramps and grams."

by NineInchNachos on 7/27/2010 @ 10:58am

by NineInchNachos on 7/27/2010 @ 11:22am
I would like to see O&J sharpen their beaks on all this Sound Transit stuff.

by Erik on 7/27/2010 @ 1:18pm
David Curry is a cool guy with mojo.

He deserves a lot of credit for making a one man Moses like stand against Sound Transit berm dispensing forces.

Raw info. Here is Curry's statement on Sound Transit train issue:

Sound Transit v. Rescue Mission

Now that the media has picked up on Sound Transit suing the Rescue Mission let me fill in a few details for those who are interested.

Sound Transit is putting in a rail line for commuter trains/Amtrak from the Tacoma Dome to Lakewood which will run just a few feet behind the Rescue Mission Downtown Tacoma Campus on South Tacoma Way. I’ve attached a link to the news article which articulates most of the details pretty well. Yet there are a few details which I’d like to give you a back story on:

1. Rescue Mission can’t and won’t stop the train. The railroad has all the power they need to condemn the land and there is little we can do to affect this. That is why we need the public to be aware of this problem and to speak out against Sound Transits insensitivity towards the homeless.

2. The Rescue Mission is not concerned that they haven’t offered a plan to mitigate, but that the plan is completely insufficient and uses standards that are not going to allow for habitation and sleep in the downtown campus. We are seeking for a noise standard that is common in HUD housing, 45 decibels, and they are hoping to achieve 65 decibels. This one point alone is reason enough for us to hold firm on, as our sound expert assures us that this is not a standard which will be sufficient.

3. The Rescue Mission also has asked that every surface that is exposed to the noise of the train; the east, west and north sides of the building; be giving the same level of mitigation, which they have refused. That means they have refused even to replace the windows in the Challenge Learning Center, conference rooms and to mitigate sound on the walls of the dormitory sleep quarters because it doesn’t fit their narrow viewpoint.

4. There is also a damages portion of the negotiations which has not even been addressed. But we are miles apart on this point as well.

My hope is that we’ll be able to get Sound Transit to commit to a going all-out to reinforce the building against the sound of the 20+ trains each day that will run on this line, but I can’t guarantee that this will happen. They are in a litigation mode and have not budged in their confidence that they are going to get their way.

Nevertheless, I’ve received assurances that they want to be a good neighbor. My fear is that it may take a judge or overwhelming negative public opinion to force them into that role.

David Curry

by captiveyak on 7/27/2010 @ 1:22pm
As is customary for me, I strongly agree with AND resolutely abhor this cartoon.

I would invite you all to a party at my house, but my neighbor also has a party at his house that I believe in strongly. So, I suggest you go to both parties and tell me how much you enjoyed each one.

But srsly... I think I need to lay off Sound Transit issues for a few days. 3 articles in 2 weeks on a single subject is probably overkill. E133 readers can read the TNT just as ably as I can....


by NineInchNachos on 7/27/2010 @ 1:39pm

they [TRM] certainly have a history of producing born-again candidates of integrity.

by NineInchNachos on 7/27/2010 @ 1:50pm
well any ideas for next week? Otherwise i'm doing a strip about bare foot bandit.

by NineInchNachos on 7/27/2010 @ 1:52pm
more chickpea CURRY goodness :

I do admire Mr. Curry for his apt marketing skills....

almost no creepy bible verses on the whole site!

by The Jinxmedic on 7/27/2010 @ 2:25pm
"I would like to see O&J sharpen their beaks on all this Sound Transit stuff."

I wanted you to do the snarky one, first.

Oh, yeahhh! >;-)

by NineInchNachos on 7/30/2010 @ 8:21am
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---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Nina Klepach
Date: Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 10:54 PM
Subject: Re: FeedTacomic
To: "R. R. Anderson"

Ah my friend, best of tacoma is sad. Tacoma is such a small dot on the map of our great country. Not everyone can make it big so I am glad your taking the job of home town great. So your not in the way of any real artists. :)

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On Jul 29, 2010 10:44 PM, "R. R. Anderson" wrote:

Ha! I ran out of ideas long long ago. Yes, it is very sad. If you pick up an edition of the weekly volcano's "Best of Tacoma" you might see my name next to readers choice of 'most creative person' What that says about the readers of the volcano I dunno... but you think you're depressed!?

Your humble servant,

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On Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 10:17 PM, Nina Klepach wrote:

Stop nut swinging. Thoes homeless characters look pretty familliar. I wonder why someone so full and sure of himself keeps copying the works of others. Running out of ideas r.r.? Sad.

by NineInchNachos on 7/30/2010 @ 8:33am
how many times I gotta post this apology ! jeez!

sorry sorry sorry!

by fredo on 7/30/2010 @ 9:18am
Are your glasses really held together with a bandaid or is that just a prop?

by NineInchNachos on 7/30/2010 @ 9:35am
Baby Max likes to grab glasses of of daddy's face. they're fixed now.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 7/30/2010 @ 9:44am
Is not using "True Grit" to title a cartoon about Tacoma life a form of parity?

by NineInchNachos on 7/22/2013 @ 10:19pm