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October 23, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Proposition 1A: A ‘bait and switch’ by its backers

The backers of Proposition 1A cannot see the contradictions in their own advertising [“Seattle Prop 1B’s design get city’s youngest citizens off to best start,” Opinion, Oct. 20]. The top of a recent flyer reads: “Research shows retaining experienced teachers is critical to early childhood brain development.” Below is this sentence: “But Proposition…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, Michael W. Shurgot, preschool

October 23, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Ebola: Start constructing Ebola-specific medical centers

It is now time for America to come into the age of Ebola and treat patients in specific Ebola centers in prefabricated buildings designed for this specific pestilence ["Why virus kills some, other people survive," Nation & World, Oct. 22]. It has been done successfully in Africa. Our hospitals in North America are not…

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Comments | More in Ebola | Topics: disease, Ebola, hospitals

October 23, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Catholic Church and gays: Bishops are acting childish

So, U.S. Catholic bishops resist the pope’s welcoming message to gays and divorced Catholics ["Bishops scrap welcome to gays in sign of split," Nation & World, Oct. 18]. Wow. Who saw that coming? Not that the pope’s message was all that remarkable: “Be nicer to those we’ve tormented for the last two thousand years.”…

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Comments | More in Catholic Church | Topics: Catholic Church, David M. Buerge, divorce

October 22, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Happy cities: We’re disconnected from each other

The column by Jerry Large “Evangelist on creating a happy city” [Local News, Oct. 20] was eye-opening and made a strong argument for face-to-face interactions being part of a happy city. I have not read Charles Montgomery’s book, “Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design.” Reportedly, one point he makes is that we…

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Comments | More in technology | Topics: Carole Martens, Charles Montgomery, cities

October 22, 2014 at 11:34 AM

I-1351: Costs of reducing class size would be too high

The most important thing we can do to improve public K-12 education in America is to create a system where every student in every classroom is served by a competent, well-trained, supported and compensated teacher ["Initiative 1351 is the wrong tool to reduce class sizes," Opinion, Oct. 6]. Accomplishing this would require considerable increases…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Class size, education, Initiative 1351

October 21, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Seattle congestion woes: Keep the viaduct to ease congestion

In regard to “Regional commute times worsen” [Local News, Oct 20], there is one, maybe only one, measure that far-sighted planners interested in truly alleviating the problem of impending grid lock might take: Continue theHighway 99 tunnel project, but stop the removal of the viaduct and rebuild or retrofit what remains. During the planning…

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Comments | More in Traffic congestion | Topics: Charles Larkin, congestion, Highway 99 tunnel

October 21, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Campaign financing: Just ignore political advertising

The editorial commentary of E.J. Dionne in The Seattle Times regarding political campaign financing is right on. My solution to this problem is to ignore most of what it pays for [“Money is driving partisanship,” Opinion, Oct. 12]. Posters, yard signs, handouts, mailings, advertisements, candidate speeches and most commentators on radio and TV are…

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Comments | More in Campaign finance | Topics: campaign financing, elections, political advertising

October 21, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Metro funding: There are many more priorities for taxpayer money

This is in response to the editorial “This time, vote to expand Metro’s service” [Opinion, Oct. 11] regarding Seattle Transportation District Proposition 1. We all need to step back and regroup. Metro’s financial circumstances have improved dramatically since the proposal to add .01 percent to the sales tax and $60 to car-tab fees was…

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Comments | More in Metro | Topics: Janet Michaelsen, Metro Transit, Proposition 1

October 20, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Mental health: After addressing ‘boarding,’ look to comprehensive care

Washington state is one of the most progressive parts of the country. But when it comes to providing emergency psychiatric beds to individuals undergoing mental health crisis, Washington ranks a dismal 47th in the United States [“Escaping the mental-health abyss,” Opinion, Oct. 13]. Providing more beds in order to cut down on the prolonged…

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Comments | More in Mental illness | Topics: Ara Badayos, boarding, James Hnida

October 20, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Fund local public health to combat all communicable diseases

Not one city in Snohomish County is contributing a dime toward ensuring our public-health system is strong and ready to respond to health situations that impact us all [“Fund Public Health — Seattle & King County, for much more than Ebola response,” Opinion, Oct. 13]. Communicable diseases such as tuberculosis and the emergence of…

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Comments | More in Health | Topics: Ebola, public health, Public Health — Seattle & King County

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