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September 30, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Preserve its purpose

Ensign Alan Armstrong died in the South China Sea in 1969. (USS Frank E. Evans Assoc.)

In response to the article “Hoping ‘Lost 74’ will finally be counted” [Local News, Sept 28]:

Alan Armstrong’s sister makes the point that he would not have been participating in this training mission in the first place had it not been for the war. This is undeniably true. But if I may, I’d like to advance the opposing point by relating it to my experiences.

I was also a member of the military in Vietnam. By the same token, I would not have been drafted had we not been embroiled in this action. Had I been

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Comments | More in Veterans | Topics: Alan Armstrong, Tom Likai, Vietnam Veterans Memorial

September 30, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Electricity rates: A business case against flat rates

After reading the article on Kshama Sawant’s proposal to charge a single rate for electrical power, I felt bad for her ["Sawant wants Seattle City Light to flatten rates, help residents," Local News, Sept. 24]. Being an activist apparently leaves little time to learn about how a business works. I really wanted to…

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Comments | More in Seattle City Light | Topics: electricity, Kshama Sawant, seattle city light

September 30, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Popularity of sports: Follow the money

Thanks to guest columnist Alex Alben for comments in “An unhealthy obsession with sports” [Opinion, Sept. 26]. He points to a few major problems in the sports world that deserve more attention. Then in two brief paragraphs he hints at antidotes to this unhealthy diet, but it lacks any real adequate healthy alternatives. “Follow the money” has been popular in our…

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Comments | More in Sports | Topics: Alex Alben, Bob Fitzgerald, sports

September 29, 2014 at 7:06 AM

Gay marriage: The Catholic Church isn’t the ‘author’ of norms

Syndicated columnist Frank Bruni skips over the real question when he charges the church for “punishing a same-sex couple for formalizing a relationship that was already obvious, as these men’s partnership was ["When ‘I do’ means you’re done in the Catholic Church," Opinion, Sept. 24]. Are all interpersonal relationships really “marriages” simply awaiting…

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Comments | More in Catholic Church, Gay marriage | Topics: Frank Bruni, gay marriage, Peter D. Beaulieu

September 29, 2014 at 6:05 AM

I-1351: Opponents are not offering ideas to improve education

Washington’s class sizes rank 47th out of 50 in the nation and, as a parent, I know we can do better for our students ["Questions to ask candidates before the November 2014 election," Opinion, Sept. 20]. I find it aggravating and infuriating that elected officials and others are attacking Initiative 1351, which would reduce…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: class sizes, education, Initiative 1351

September 28, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Gay marriage: The church is being hypocritical

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black ["When ‘I do’ means you’re done in the Catholic Church," Opinion, Sept. 24]. The Roman Catholic Church has a lot to answer for going back throughout history and in recent times. For 30 years, two men lived together and shared their lives together. No one raised…

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Comments | More in Catholic Church, Gay marriage | Topics: gay marriage, Leo Shillong, Roman Catholic Church

September 28, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Public education: A more accurate view of the system

Finally, there is something in the newspaper that is candid toward public education [“The myth about public schools,” Opinion, Sept. 21]. For the last 15 years or so, private companies and citizens have tried to dismantle and modify education using skewed statistics backed by financial agendas. It’s about time the truth is told,…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Catherine Rampell, education, public schools

September 27, 2014 at 4:09 PM

High-speed Internet: If it’s a public service, require public programming

As The Times editorial on high-speed Internet emphasizes, “As efforts to develop publicly owned networks have failed, competition between multiple providers seems the best way to improve service. Service boxes are really no different from old fashioned utility poles. If they are the price of cutting-edge service, then full speed ahead.” [“Full speed…

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Comments | More in Internet | Topics: CenturyLink, high-speed Internet, Marc Pease

September 27, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Corporal punishment: Use ‘third way’ to discipline children

Leonard Pitts’ column in last Sunday’s Seattle Times was very upsetting [“What is and is not child abuse,” Opinion, Sept. 21]. Pitts should take a look at the readily available photographs of the bloody wounds all over the body of Adrian Peterson’s son before blithely writing, “I have no idea of the severity of…

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Comments | More in Children | Topics: Adrian Peterson, child discipline, Corporal punishment

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