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January 29, 2015 at 4:56 PM

White House drone crash: Establish rules and licensing for drones

I read with interest the article on the quadcopter that landed on the White House grounds [“The drone debate hits close to home for White House,” Nation & World, Jan. 26]. If laws are not enacted to deal with the potential problems of these commercially available drones, how long until we hear of commercial…

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Comments | More in aviation | Topics: Drones, FAA, quadcopter

January 29, 2015 at 12:09 PM

Campaign financing: Kochs’ money shows need to undo Citizens United

Thanks to The Seattle Times for its coverage of the Koch brothers [“Kochs plan to spend $900M on campaign,” Nation & World, ], their plan to buy our democracy and the Republican hopefuls who are quite prepared to sell it to them. And no thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court for its disastrous…

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Comments | More in Campaign finance | Topics: Brooke Rolston, campaign financing, Citizens United

January 28, 2015 at 5:23 PM

Arctic National Wildlife Reserve: Alaskans are addicted to oil

Listening to the outrage of Alaskans over interference with what they think are their resources and protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve reminds me of people so hooked on cigarettes that they smoke through the hole in their throats after their cancerous larynx has been removed. They just can’t get enough of that gas and…

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Comments | More in Oil | Topics: Alaska, Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, John Ariel Murphy

January 28, 2015 at 7:08 AM

Fast-track authority: Designed to cut Congress out of the loop and empower corporations

I’m concerned about the false ideas in the editorial “Congress should enact trade-promotion authority” [Opinion, Jan. 20]. Trade-promotion authority (“fast track”) is not actually about trade, but about cutting Congress out of secret so-called trade deals, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). These deals are kept secret because they would never stand the light…

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| More in trade | Topics: Fast-track authority, Jennifer Keller, North American Free Trade Agreement

January 28, 2015 at 6:08 AM

Education for inmates: Create valuable members of society

Bravo, for The Seattle Times’ endorsement of Washington state providing education for convicted inmates [“Educating inmates is a wise investment for Wash.,” Opinion, Jan. 23]. To use the tired phrase, this would seem to be a no-brainer. You would wish that when an inmate is released that he or she would be able to…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, inmates, justice

January 27, 2015 at 4:08 PM

Death penalty: Systemic inadequacies in the criminal justice process

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

The Times’ editorial “No reasonable argument for keeping death penalty” [Opinion, Jan. 21] makes a brief and insufficient mention of the “ultimate mistake,” presumably a reference to the potential execution of an innocent person. The editorial then goes on to express, at length, the view that capital punishment is not justified because of the enormous expenses and delays involved and its uneven application.

However, if none of these factors existed, if there were no money, delays, or other costs or frustrations involved, the single fact that would forever outweigh any

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Comments | More in Death penalty | Topics: American Bar Association, Amnesty International, capital punishment

January 27, 2015 at 1:16 PM

Port slowdown will have repercussions on markets into the future

There is a window of opportunity in just about everything in agriculture, including getting a crop to market. As a wheat farmer, if I can’t satisfy my customer, all the hard work I spend meeting deadlines won’t matter. While most wheat grown in Washington moves across the ocean in bulk carriers and is not subject to…

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Comments | More in trade | Topics: International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Pacific Maritime Association, port slowdown

January 26, 2015 at 5:08 PM

Port slowdown: We’re all in this together

Gabriel Campanario, The Seattle Times

I hope the port labor dispute is resolved soon [“West Coast ports are in rough seas due to slowdown,” Opinion, Jan. 24]. It has lingered destructively for too long.

A lot of people don’t realize just how many workers have been displaced from their jobs in recent months as a result. Whether it is due to congestion problems in Los Angeles, an unacknowledged slowdown in area ports or a nighttime West Coast lockout, the result is the same. The result is that innocent third parties are hurt as collateral damage from battling giants of

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Comments | More in trade | Topics: Don Ricks, port of seattle, port slowdown

January 26, 2015 at 12:43 PM

Reader callout: Parents, teachers share ideas for fixing discipline

As part of The Seattle Times’ ongoing series on school discipline, Education Lab recently asked readers to share their experiences with student discipline. A selection of these responses are below. Go the the original post in Education Lab for more responses.

Want to add your own two cents? Go here to share your thoughts. The blog may publish another round of responses at a later date.

How have you seen discipline handled well?

Discipline has worked when I’ve seen adults willing to be a mediator for helping students listen to each other. Establishing agreements (not rules) beforehand and continuing to revisit them is also helpful. When children know they can trust, they will be heard, they are more willing to listen and learn and be guided.

–Marcia Christen, Poulsbo

I see more schools using positive behavioral supports. We have to teach kids how to behave and the right social skills to get their needs met. Suspending them only makes it worse.

–Lori Lynass (teacher), Shoreline

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, Education Lab, school discipline

January 24, 2015 at 9:05 AM

Marijuana: Liquor Control Board needs to clean up its act

Chris Marr, what have you been smoking? “Regulating medical marijuana” would be comical if it did not come from a member of the Washington State Liquor Control Board, the entity responsible for the muddle known as recreational marijuana [“Medical-marijuana patients deserve a regulated system that is safe and affordable,” Opinion, Jan. 19]. “Highly trained individuals who…

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Comments | More in Marijuana | Topics: Kristy Fox, marijuana, medical marijuana

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