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Seattle Times letters to the editor

August 21, 2014 at 7:01 AM

Education: Class-size reduction necessary to McCleary compliance

In its editorial “One budget-buster down: pension lawsuits; another around the corner: Initiative 1351,” [Opinion, Aug. 15] The Seattle Times suggests that Initiative 1351’s class-size improvements go beyond what is required by the state Supreme Court’s McCleary decision ordering the Legislature to fully fund K-12 public education. This is simply wrong. In fact, the…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: ESHB 2261, Gary Plano, Initiative 1351

August 21, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Militarized police forces: Armament needed

Syndicated columnist Ross Douthat recently wrote about how ridiculous it is for police to equip as though the Symbionese Liberation Army were about to return [“Playing soldier in the suburbs,” Opinion, Aug. 18]. We don’t have to imagine such a scenario — just read the news. Imagine that each day you step outside your…

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Comments | More in police | Topics: Betty Keeton, military, police

August 20, 2014 at 3:40 PM

State ferries: Eyman to blame for ferry woes

The problems with the state ferry system can be traced back to a single source: Tim Eyman [“Lawmakers turn up the heat on troubled ferry system,” Local News, Aug. 19]. The people of this state blindly followed his dismantling of the state highway funding source. You want quality people, from deckhands through management, to…

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Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: highways, Paul Gotz, taxes

August 20, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Andy Hill’s endorsement: Support his opponent for reproductive rights

Sen. Rodney Tom might be retiring, but his slippery legacy lives on in the form of Andy Hill ["In 45th District, The Times recommends to keep Sen. Hill, Reps. Goodman and Springer," Opinion, Aug. 12]. Tom’s “Majority Coalition Caucus” started two years ago and was advertised as being bipartisan — but voters quickly learned…

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Comments | More in Legislature | Topics: Andy Hill, Matt Isenhower, Reproductive Parity Act

August 19, 2014 at 9:19 PM

State medical school: Look for other sources of primary care

What we need is a new primary-care school [“Washington state needs another medical school,” Opinion, Aug. 13]. Primary care does not have to be done by physicians. And since reimbursements and salaries are much higher for medical specialists than they are for primary-care people, training more physicians would not likely improve the primary-care shortages…

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Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Frank K. Mitchell, health care, medical school

August 19, 2014 at 7:01 AM

Grain exports: Workers were locked out, not on strike

The Seattle Times’ negative editorial regarding Gov. Jay Inslee’s intervention on the side of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union’s labor dispute with United Grain is incredibly slanted and biased ["Close call on grain exports offers a lesson," Opinion, Aug. 13]. The editorial’s glib pass over of the fact workers were locked out, not…

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Comments | More in Exports | Topics: Gov. Jay Inslee, Grain exports, International Longshore and Warehouse Union

August 19, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Lakeside basketball: Part of a trend of forgoing students’ futures

Steve Ballmer, center, and Lakeside coach Tavio Hobson, left, play basketball with youths at Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club as part of the A PLUS Youth Program. Hobson had met Ballmer in the mid-2000s and had led workouts with Ballmer’s oldest son. (DEAN RUTZ / The Seattle Times, 2011)

The Steve Ballmer crusade at Lakeside School to buy athletics success at the high school level leaves me feeling incredibly sad ["With Ballmer’s aid, elite school pushed limits of prep-sports rules," Local News, Aug. 17]. As a society, we have corrupted so many of the ideals and institutions that create opportunities for individuals to better themselves.

As an academic surgeon at the UW, I have witnessed continued erosion of academic standards in

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Comments | More in Sports | Topics: athletics, Lakeside School, Marc Coltrera

August 18, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Urban livability: Resist population growth

In “Walking the walk on urban livability” [Local News, Aug. 17], Matt Lerner says we must accommodate population growth by building cottages in our backyards, and getting out of our cars and onto our bicycles. Instead, I say we must resist growth rather than accommodate it. The only people who benefit from population growth…

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Comments | More in Urban growth | Topics: crime, growth, Maggie Willson

August 18, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Clean coal: Invest instead in solar energy

Earth-moving machines push coal to an intake area, where it is then moved to the units inside the Ameren coal-burning power plant in Meredosia, Ill. (J.B. FORBES / St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2010)

Thanks to The Seattle Times for the article on clean coal [“Promise of a ‘clean coal’ future far from reality,” Local News, Aug. 17]. Once again, though, this article reinforces just how much of a myth clean coal is.

Coal harms the environment and climate from the very start: It produces toxic waste and dust when it’s mined; it sheds harmful coal dust when it’s transported by rail; and when burned it’s one of the dirtiest energy sources that

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Comments | More in Energy | Topics: clean coal, climate change, energy

August 18, 2014 at 6:09 AM

Universal pre-K: After-school programs important as well

Letter writer Jack McCarthy didn’t fully explain why parents of disadvantaged families are unable to provide their children with pre-K school as well as education support during their school years [“Good preschool is an ‘academic rocket boost’,” Northwest Voices, Aug. 11]. Many disadvantaged parents are poorly educated themselves and might not value education as…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Bob Dorse, education, pre-K

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