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Seattle Times letters to the editor

April 17, 2014 at 12:04 PM

McCutcheon v. FEC: Citizens can’t compete with Corporate America

Guest columnist William R. Maurer ends his guest column concerning the U.S. Supreme Court’s McCutcheon ruling with the following statement, “ … for proponents of open and unrestrained political debate, the decision is something to celebrate.” [“Supreme Court McCutcheon ruling protects political speech,” Opinion, April 8] The Supreme Court’s McCutcheon decision will now allow…

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0 Comments | More in Campaign finance, U.S. Supreme Court | Topics: James J. Farrell, McCutcheon ruling, U.S. Supreme Court

April 17, 2014 at 7:34 AM

Marijuana: Pot industry background checks encourage illicit activity

Two of the biggest arguments for marijuana legalization are keeping it out kids’ hands, and keeping the business out of criminals’ hands. The two are closely related. A liquor store can lose its license if it sells liquor to minors, but a pot dealer has no such disincentive. I see that the state is going to…

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0 Comments | More in Marijuana | Topics: background checks, feds, Howard Hance

April 17, 2014 at 6:31 AM

King County Prop. 1: While buses are valued, we can’t afford more taxes and fees

Lurking within the current debate about Proposition 1 for Metro and roads funding is a significant irony [“King County Metro Transit still has work to do; vote no on Prop. 1,” Opinion, April 7]. Backers of Proposition 1 are right that seniors rely on the bus for most transportation around Seattle. While we, my…

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0 Comments | More in Metro | Topics: metro, Michael W. Shurgot, Proposition 1

April 16, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Minimum wage: If tips are counted as wages, why not tip everyone?

Much to my surprise, I discovered through The Seattle Times that I have been paying tip workers parts of their salaries [“The ‘theoretical’ and ‘practical’ of a Seattle $15 minimum wage law on tipping,” Opinion Northwest, March 28]. I always thought when I tipped a hardworking waiter, waitress, bellhop, barber, that I was giving…

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0 Comments | More in minimum wage | Topics: David Rader, low-wage workers, Minimum Wage

April 16, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Gender wage gap: Family leave important for gender parity

I commend The Seattles Times’ editorial board for calling upon the city to pay women equal wages for equal work in the editorial “Gender wage gap persists; city should provide equal pay” [Opinion, April 11]. I was surprised, however, by the recommendation for increasing women’s access to training instead of advocating for the City…

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0 Comments | More in Womens rights | Topics: gender equity, Jane Oliphant, Seattle City Council

April 16, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Boeing: Tax break better spent on education

I read with dismay and deep anger in The Seattle Times that Boeing will pull 1000 engineering jobs out of our state [“Boeing moving 1,000 more engineering jobs to California,” Business/Technology, April 10]. As a retired public-school teacher, this hurts me deeply in two ways. First, my state Legislature agreed to grant Boeing almost 9…

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0 Comments | More in Boeing | Topics: Boeing, education, James W. Hauser

April 15, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Initiative 1351: Pay the bills, and sign class-size petition

In 2009, editorial boards gushed over an education-reform bill to be fully funded by 2018. This future liability was unfunded, a concern for many legislators, including myself. As I asked then, how could we expect future Legislatures to possess the courage of our convictions if we didn’t possess that courage ourselves? The Washington Supreme Court has…

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0 Comments | More in Education | Topics: Brendan Williams, Class size, education

April 15, 2014 at 12:52 PM

EPA: More change might be needed, but don’t overlook what’s been done

M. Ryder / Op Art

The guest column in The Seattle Times charging that the EPA has failed in its duty to protect public health and the environment brings the EPA’s dilemma front and center [“How the EPA has failed its duty,” Opinion, April 12].

The EPA is attacked from the right by Republicans, as being a rogue agency attempting to over regulate, and from the left for being in the pocket of business, consistently doing its bidding.

The EPA’s principal charge is to protect America’s public health and environment, and to do so by balancing other social concerns such as economic prosperity. This is a hard, complex job. When the agency

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0 Comments | More in Environment | Topics: climate change, EPA, William D. Ruckelshaus

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