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Seattle Times letters to the editor

October 29, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Affordable housing: Making sure everyone has community’s interest in mind

Given The Seattle Times critique of the Seattle City Council’s recent proposal to assess market-rate housing developers with a linkage fee leaves me wondering how The Times would propose that we finance and build more affordable and low-income housing within our city [“Don’t blame development for the high cost of housing,” Opinion, Oct….

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Comments | More in Housing | Topics: development, housing, Linkage fee

October 29, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Downtown school: School Board hasn’t put in the necessary effort

As I suspected, the Seattle School Board and the schools administration is closing in on a decision to not open a school downtown and to let slip away a rare opportunity presented by the availability of the old Federal Reserve building [“Board unsure it can afford ‘free’ site for downtown school,” Local News,…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, Federal Reserve, Paul Gutowski

October 29, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Marysville school shooting: When will we take action?

I wish to comment on Danny Westneat’s column “We can do more than grieve and move on” [Local News, Oct. 25]. I want to thank him for writing that column and trying to insert some facts into the debate. Our politicians will cry crocodile tears over this shooting carnage and make tearful, mild protest of this violence…

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Comments | More in Marysville-Pilchuck High School school shootings | Topics: Danny Westneat, gun control, Marysville-Pilchuck High School

October 29, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Marysville school shooting: How to prevent this from happening again

A comprehensive study on school shootings found common threads. Most shooters are male, most had been bullied and “over two-thirds of the attackers acquired the (unsecured) gun (or guns) used in their attacks from their own home or that of a relative.” In my opinion, the conclusion we should draw is that gun owners…

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Comments | More in Marysville-Pilchuck High School school shootings | Topics: Brian Wright, gun control, Marysville-Pilchuck High School

October 28, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Death with Dignity: Don’t deny others relief

In response to the letter “It is unethical” [Northwest Voices, Oct. 26], I would simply say, “Tell that to the suffering ALS patient, doomed to die an extremely horrible death, who can’t even avail themselves to ending their misery because they wouldn’t be able to self-administer.” People who are going to die in this…

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Comments | More in Health | Topics: Brittany Maynard, Death with Dignity, Doctor-assisted suicide

October 28, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Marysville-Pilchuck shooting: Fund and ‘de-stigmatize’ mental-health services

The articles on the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting share another gruesome reminder of the pain and anguish that Washington’s youths suffer daily ["5 Marysville school friends invited to lunch, then shot, sheriff says," Local News, Oct. 27]. With the number of school shootings continuing to rise, we must act. The articles point out that Marysville-Pilchuck…

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Comments | More in Marysville-Pilchuck High School school shootings | Topics: Eric Mann, Marysville-Pilchuck High School, mental health

October 28, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Pebble Mine: EPA’s assessment a basis to impose restrictions

In their guest column, Mary Jane Nielsen and Lisa Reimers concluded that they had not decided if the Pebble Mine proposal should go forward or not, but they opposed Environmental Protection Agency restrictions that could block or limit the massive gold and copper mine’s development [“Wait for the facts on Pebble Mine,” Opinion,…

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Comments | More in Environment | Topics: Alaska, EPA, Lisa Reimers

October 28, 2014 at 6:09 AM

GOP candidates: To ignore an election’s outcome is unpatriotic

I read with interest The Seattle Times article “Battle of political ideology pits 4th District GOP rivals,” [Local News, Oct. 18] wherein it states that Clint Didier has declared, “Barack Obama is not my president.” Anyone who considers himself a patriot, anyone who believes in the Constitution, should be able to stand up and say “I…

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Comments | More in Election | Topics: Clint Didier, election 2014, GOP

October 27, 2014 at 8:08 PM

UW innovation: Don’t lose sight of academic goals by building new buildings

I applaud UW President Michael Young’s vision for the role of the University of Washington in a shining technological future [“How the University of Washington plans to lead Puget Sound innovation,” Opinion, Oct. 16]. However, the liability to which we are all subject, gazing consistently upward as we do, is that we tend to lose track…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: academics, education, Michael Young

October 27, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Mental illness: More funding for programs needed to avoid wait lists

Regarding “Judge sets March 16 for trial for mentally ill in jails case” [Local News, Oct. 22], the decision is a positive move forward, but does not address the larger issue. Most people involved seem to agree rights are being violated but there is no remedy. I am concerned by why they are in…

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Comments | More in Mental illness | Topics: King County, Mariah Taylor, mental health

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