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Seattle Times letters to the editor

November 27, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Oil trains: Imaginable tragedies are inevitable

Thank you for publishing the opinion piece from Peter Goldmark and the tribal leaders regarding the dangers of oil transport through our state [“Unacceptable risks from oil trains,” Opinion, Nov. 20). The issues raised are serious and immediate. I ask you to imagine a train derailment and explosion in Sodo during a major sporting…

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Comments | More in Oil train | Topics: Bakken oil, Mark Vossler, oil trains

November 26, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Zoo elephants: Former director advocating to send them to a sanctuary

Watoto, an African elephant at Woodland Park Zoo, died in August. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Woodland Park Zoo’s elephants have never had a decent break their entire lives [” Should Woodland Park Zoo elephants go to zoo or sanctuary?” Opinion Northwest, Nov. 24].

At last, however, Chai and Bamboo have the opportunity for a better life. A chance still exists for them to spend their remaining years at a sanctuary in California, where space and standards of care exceed those at any zoo.

But zoo administrators, who

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Comments | More in Woodland Park Zoo | Topics: David Hancocks, elephants, sanctuary

November 26, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Initiative 1351: A funding plan for smaller class sizes

The editorial “Homeless students hurt by funding competition” [Opinion, Nov. 22] implies that those who voted in favor of Initiative 1351 are blind or stupid because we “bought into the initiative’s promise of smaller classes” without having a funding plan. It’s not us “yes” voters who are pitting homeless children against small classes —…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: class sizes, education, homelessness

November 25, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Animals in captivity: Echoes of Woodland Park Zoo elephants in caged UW monkeys

Kudos to The Seattle Times editorial board for trumpeting a clarion call to the Woodland Park Zoo on behalf of Chai and Bamboo, the zoo’s elephants [“Mayor and City Council should ensure elephants don’t end up in another zoo,” Opinion, Nov. 19]. The Times handed Seattle City Council members an electoral mandate: ensure…

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Comments | More in animals | Topics: elephants, Mitzi Simmons, monkeys

November 25, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Student-athletes: Paying college athletes disincentivizes drive to professional level

In response to Jonathan Martin’s post, “Should college athletes be paid for their performance?” [Opinion, Northwest, Oct. 30], I do not think that college student-athletes should get paid for playing on their school’s sports team. I understand the idea that these players are employees, but they should be in school for education. Playing…

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Comments | More in Sports | Topics: college, Jonathan Martin, NCAA

November 25, 2014 at 6:16 AM

Midterm elections: There’s no mandate for GOP with such low voter turnout

Those who are saying that the midterm election results are some sort of mandate as to what to do, or not to do, about immigration and affordable health care are ignoring the fact that there was only about a 36 percent turnout of eligible voters [“Obama is being hypocritical,” Northwest Voices, Nov. 22]. Our…

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Comments | More in Politics | Topics: Democrats, health care, immigration

November 24, 2014 at 1:08 PM

A reader’s letter about his work experience at Paseo

Matthew Crane lights a candle and leaves a flower Tuesday in front of the shuttered Paseo restaurant in Fremont (the Ballard shop closed, too), under a sign saying it closed due to “unfortunate circumstances.” (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

In 2007, a chubby 16-year-old version of myself walked timidly into Paseo Fremont with a résumé in hand [“Day after closing, Paseo files for bankruptcy,” Local news, Nov. 13]. With almost no former work experience, I didn’t have high hopes that I would have any sort of a shot at working at my favorite restaurant in the world.

To my astonishment Lucas, the older brother in the Lorenzo family offered me a job on the spot after we bonded over lacrosse. Throughout my time as a new employee, I was met with nothing but encouragement and support from Lucas, his brother Julian and their dad Lorenzo. “Anything you need, come to us,” I was told over and over.

At the end of my first summer working there, I was

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Comments | More in Labor | Topics: food, Lorenzo family, Paseo

November 24, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Immigration: Republicans aren’t remembering past executive orders

According to syndicated columnist David Brooks, Obama’s use of executive power to alter existing immigration law is a “calculated insult” to Republicans [“Obama has become more partisan after the election,” Opinion, Nov. 18]. Brooks, however,  seems to forget that both Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush used their executive powers to extend amnesty to family…

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Comments | More in Immigration | Topics: David Brooks, executive orders, Gary Nelson

November 24, 2014 at 6:05 AM

National Parks: Congress needs to step up and provide funding

With recent coverage surrounding proposed fee increases at Olympic and Mount Rainier National Parks and others, it’s important to note that while visitor fees help to a small extent the National Park Service’s fiscal crisis, Congress needs to do its share. Entrance fees have remained stagnant for many years while the need for park improvements and…

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Comments | More in National Parks | Topics: Jamie Herrera Beutler, Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park

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