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Seattle Times letters to the editor

July 22, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Don’t kill spiders based on fear

Erin Heffernan’s article was amusing and interesting but she completely missed the most important point [“An idea that shouldn’t catch fire: Using a blowtorch to kill a spider,” Local News, July 16]: Spiders are good, and killing them is not a good thing. Exterminators are in the business of playing on spider-phobia and make…

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Comments | More in animals | Topics: Erin Heffernan, Janet Wainwright, spiders

July 21, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Airline fees: Just tell me what the bottom-line price is

Nancy Ohanian / Op Art

With regard to guest columnist Lee Moak’s opinion piece [“The hidden fees in an airline ticket," Opinion, July 16], there is way too much spin and disinformation contained.

For instance: “In 2012, the U.S. Department of Transportation made a little known rule change that requires airlines to hide government taxes and fees within the advertised price of a ticket.” Or is it true that what they did was to inform the paying public what the true cost of that flight was going to be? Moak tries to compare buying a ticket to

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Comments | More in aviation | Topics: airlines, Alan Zelt, FAA

July 21, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Rewarding teachers: The key difference from the military is motivation

At the end of his guest column, Dick Dickinson asks: If military instructors maintain such a high morale while also educating their personnel effectively, why can’t civilian educators do the same? [“Reward teachers like military officers,” Opinion, July 17]. The answer is simple: Military personnel want to be there. They are all motivated, because they signed…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Dan Magill, Dick Dickinson, education

July 21, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Road infrastructure can’t fix traffic problems, support public transportation

This week’s state Department of Transportation warnings miss the significance of next week’s traffic snarl [“I-90 closures ahead: Eastside drivers might want to just stay home,” Local News, July 15]. The scenario is not a temporary crisis. It is a view of our future if we choose to continue our present path of highway…

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Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: Department of Transportation, Douglas K. Stewart, public transportation

July 21, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Primary election: Peterson the better pick for District 21 because he collaborates

This is a note to underscore my unqualified support for Strom Peterson for District 21 [“The Times recommends in District 21 races Scott Whelpley, Lillian Ortiz-Self,” Opinion, July 16]. The Times is right to focus on the need to send people to Olympia who can reduce partisanship. However, it is unrealistic to expect someone…

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Comments | More in Election | Topics: Bob Rinehart, District 21, Lillian Ortiz-Self

July 20, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Focus less on use-of-force, more on support for police

Federal monitor Merrick Bobb, Seattle’s mayor, the City Council and The Seattle Times are ignoring a basic law-enforcement issue by focusing exclusively on the Seattle Police Department’s use-of-force policies [“Federal monitor impressed by O’Toole as police chief so far,” Local News, July 16]. Procedures that keep cops safe on the street are vital, and…

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Comments | More in Seattle Police Department | Topics: Chief Kathleen O’Toole, Merrick Bobb, Phillip Johnson

July 19, 2014 at 4:03 PM

‘Mikado’: Many operas contains racial and cultural stereotypes

The column by Sharon Pian Chan taking umbrage at the Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s production of the “The Mikado” is based on the racial stereotypes she found in it, and because of them she feels “The Mikado” should no longer be produced [“The yellowface of “The Mikado” in your face,” Opinion, July…

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Comments | More in Arts, Race | Topics: arts, Bagley Wright, Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society

July 19, 2014 at 8:34 AM

U.S.-German relations: Stand for our principles that create world order

Jacob Heilbrunn’s guest column is alarming [“The German-American breakup,” Opinion, July 16]. As a World War II veteran and Seattleite who dropped everything in 1952 to help Germany re-enter the modern world, then stayed on in diplomacy to help develop the new European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty, I feel as if it…

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Comments | More in NSA | Topics: Edward Snowden, Germany, Jacob Heilbrunn

July 18, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Primary election: U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert is not a moderate

In The Times’ editorial endorsing U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert for re-election, some of the statements lacked support [“Re-elect Reichert, but with a message, Opinion, July 16]. While Reichert has been hailed as a moderate who represents a purple district, he has joined extremist factions in his party on multiple crucial votes. He has supported…

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Comments | More in Congress | Topics: 2014 primary, Congress, Olivia Engle

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