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Seattle Times letters to the editor

July 23, 2014 at 6:43 PM

‘The Mikado’: Producers of Seattle production need to respond better to outcry

After Sharon Pian Chan’s column, the defenders of the practice of yellow-face (white actors playing Asian characters with the aid of make-up, costumes and stereotypes) have leaped up in defense of Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s yellow-face production. Mike Storie and Gene Ma have written a guest editorial, defending this production, saying that “The Mikado”…

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Comments | More in Arts, Race | Topics: Gene Ma, Japanese, Ken Narasaki

July 23, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Primary election: Dave Reichert an important voice for the environment

As a proud local Republican who volunteers with Washington Trails and Puget Soundkeeper, I am pleased that The Seattle Times has once again endorsed U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Auburn ["Re-elect Dave Reichert in 8th Congressional District," Opinion, July 15]. Reichert continues his strong leadership in environmental policy. Over his time in office he has…

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Comments | More in Election | Topics: 8th District, Gene Printz-Kopelson, Primary Election

July 23, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Flight 17: Not enough evidence to assign blame

In response to The Times’s view of Russian President Vladimir Putin being shameful: Where is the hard evidence linking Putin, much less Russia, to the downing of the Malaysian Airlines flight? If anything is shameful, it is the rush to judgment by our politicians and mainstream media that is speculative at best, and incitable at worst. How…

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Comments | More in Ukraine | Topics: Gregory Burnworth, Malaysian Flight 17, Russian President Vladimir Putin

July 22, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Reasons for limiting Microsoft contractors’ access are bogus

I appreciate Janet Tu’s article “Microsoft to restrict contractor access” [Microsoft Pri0, July 19] but I would like to point out a few matters. It’s important to get the whole picture and not take whatever Microsoft says at face value. Because of a successful class-action lawsuit against Microsoft, which was settled in 2000, Microsoft worried…

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Comments | More in Microsoft | Topics: A-dash, Arlene Roth, Janet Tu

July 22, 2014 at 8:01 AM

Israel-Palestinian conflict: While Hamas spins story, Palestinians die

Maybe letter writer Michelle Ryder would feel better if the Israelis stayed outside so they might be killed by missiles instead of going into bomb shelters [“Israel has a massive, unfair advantage,” Northwest Voices, July 18]. Or shut down the Iron Dome till Israeli deaths equaled Palestinian deaths. Or build bomb shelters in…

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Comments | More in Middle East | Topics: Arthur DePalma, Gaza Strip, Israel

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

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