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Seattle Times letters to the editor

December 22, 2014 at 5:45 PM

I-405 traffic: Ideas for fixes

The question “why is it so bad?” is easy to answer but hard to fix [“I-405 misery: 2 megaprojects could tackle chronic delays,” Local News, Dec. 21]. Politics: The problem with this state is its division of need. Eastern Washington could not, wrongfully, care less about Western Washington’s needs. The intrastate commerce is at…

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Comments | More in Traffic congestion | Topics: I-405, Jim Morris, mass-transit

December 22, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Pakistan school massacre: What kind of monsters kill innocent children?

My immediate reaction to the mass murder of young students in Pakistan [“Pakistan makes arrests in Taliban school carnage,” Nation & World, Dec. 21] was to ask: What kind of monsters would kill innocent children? Then I recalled that for a decade after the 1991 U.S. attack on Iraq, under both Republican and Democratic presidents, the…

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Comments | More in Iraq war | Topics: Afghanistan, children, education

December 21, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Sinking oil prices: Oil prices don’t reflect its true cost

Low oil prices aren’t really so great for consumers or the economy when the full cost is taken into account [“Why oil prices are plunging, what it means for you,” Nation & World, Dec. 16]. Major insurers, the Pentagon, most major employers and even some oil companies agree that there will be immense…

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Comments | More in Oil | Topics: carbon tax, climate change, Davis Oldham

December 19, 2014 at 6:45 AM

Trade: Obama needs to face the realities of NAFTA

President Obama spoke recently to the Business Roundtable, as reported in the Seattle Times article [“Obama offers candor, insights in Q&A with top CEOs,” Nation & World, Dec. 4]. Since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), U.S. presidents promised shared prosperity, while our economy de-industrialized and millions of family-wage manufacturing jobs disappeared. Our…

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Comments | More in trade | Topics: Maralyn Chase, NAFTA, President Obama

December 18, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Stop asking the middle class to subsidize businesses like Boeing

On Monday, Boeing announced a new $12 billion buyout of their stock after just completing a $6 billion buyback of stock last year. This makes shareholders wealthier while not producing a single new job. Boeing is able to do this thanks to a tax system that has increasingly favored corporations over individuals. Boeing is a good…

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Comments | More in Boeing, Taxes | Topics: Boeing, buyback, Joe Curiel

December 18, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Highway 99 tunnel: A comparison to a past boondoggle

Those with some years and who still have memory will remember the nuclear power fiasco during Gov. Dan Evans’ reign, which came to be known as “Whoops,” a morph of the acronym for Washington Public Power Supply System. That resulted in the abandonment of half-built nuclear power plants around the state at great expense to…

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Comments | More in Viaduct | Topics: Bertha, Gov. Chris Gregoire, Gov. Dan Evans

December 18, 2014 at 5:53 AM

U.S. Senate torture report: We’ve lost the moral high ground

I am saddened, but not entirely surprised, to learn that more than 50 percent of Americans condone our government’s use of torture [“Majority of Americans think CIA justified in use of terror tactics,” Nation & World, Dec. 15]. What have we become? To inflict the same abuses and terror on those who attack us…

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Comments | More in torture | Topics: CIA, Lori Lisowski, Torture

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