I want to applaud Mike Lawrence's recent letter supporting a full pension for Congressman Norm Dicks. I grew up in Tacoma and started working with Norm when I was regional director of the federal Economic Development Administration in the mid-1970s.
I am currently writing a biography of Sam Volpentest, and in doing my research I am learning how important Norm was to the Tri-Cities during his 18 terms in Congress -- something we rarely heard about in Tacoma.
Over the years, even though they sometimes disagreed politically, Norm has supplemented the efforts of a succession of 4th District congressmen to attract and keep jobs in the Tri-Cities.
Norm has always been a workhorse, not a show horse, but is nothing less than the most effective Member of Congress to be elected from Washington in the 20th century. He deserves his full pension.
C. MARK SMITH, Richland