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Seattle Times letters to the editor

August 29, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Woodland Park Zoo elephants: Provide a bigger area

While there is no doubt that the conditions for the elephants at the Woodland Park Zoo are deplorable, the fact remains that these magnificent animals are, and always have been, a major attraction for zoo attendees [“Elephant’s death a wake-up call,” Editorial, Aug. 26]. There is an alternative to removal of the two surviving elephants…

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August 29, 2014 at 7:28 AM

Mental illness and faith communities

Partnerships can help The decision by the Washington State Supreme Court to close the door on warehousing psychiatric patients and the extensive reporting in The Seattle Times about the shambles of the mental-health system have been most encouraging [“What’s troubling mental health,” Opinion, Aug. 17]. Valiant mental-health officials are scrambling to respond to the crisis. But…

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August 29, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Better credit and financing for marijuana industry

Need to operate like other commercial entities No industry can operate safely, transparently or effectively without access to banks or other financial institutions [“Feds drag feet on banking for marijuana industry,” Opinion, Aug. 27]. While it is encouraging to see that a small but growing number of financial operators are beginning to provide necessary services…

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August 28, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Change the narrative surrounding police

A police tactical team prepares to disperse a group of protesters in Ferguson. The protests were sparked after Michael Brown, an unarmed black man was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer on Aug. 9. Photo: Jeff Roberson)

They are not the enemy I was pleased to read that police officials invited black community leaders and activists to discuss police engagement with the community [“Community, SPD talk about preventing a Ferguson here,” page one, Aug. 27]. I grew up in an immigrant neighborhood where cops walked the beat and kids went to the…

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August 28, 2014 at 4:02 PM

What we can learn from the Uzi tragedy

Firing-range instructor Charles Vacca shows a 9-year old girl how to use an Uzi. Vacca was standing next to the girl at the Last Stop range in Arizona when the girl squeezed the trigger, causing the Uzi to recoil upward and shoot Vacca. Photo: Mohave County Sheriff Department.

Teach children that weapons are not the answer The U.S. and world face multitudinous complex problems of our own making. Among these is our increasing reliance on weaponry to solve both domestic and international conflicts. Teaching young children who lack cognitive capability, coordination and strength how to use weapons is one of the problems [“9-year-old…

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August 28, 2014 at 7:35 AM

U.S. tax code needs reform

Reform tax code Danny Westneat’s column regarding American companies not paying their fair share of income taxes overlooks two important reasons [“Europe calls out tax schemes,” NWWednesday, Aug. 27]. The first is human nature, as all Americans will try to avoid having to pay taxes. The second is that no federal legislation is forthcoming to…

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