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Seattle Times letters to the editor

October 22, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Happy cities: We’re disconnected from each other

The column by Jerry Large “Evangelist on creating a happy city” [Local News, Oct. 20] was eye-opening and made a strong argument for face-to-face interactions being part of a happy city. I have not read Charles Montgomery’s book, “Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design.” Reportedly, one point he makes is that we…

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Comments | More in technology | Topics: Carole Martens, Charles Montgomery, cities

October 22, 2014 at 11:34 AM

I-1351: Costs of reducing class size would be too high

The most important thing we can do to improve public K-12 education in America is to create a system where every student in every classroom is served by a competent, well-trained, supported and compensated teacher ["Initiative 1351 is the wrong tool to reduce class sizes," Opinion, Oct. 6]. Accomplishing this would require considerable increases…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Class size, education, Initiative 1351

October 21, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Seattle congestion woes: Keep the viaduct to ease congestion

In regard to “Regional commute times worsen” [Local News, Oct 20], there is one, maybe only one, measure that far-sighted planners interested in truly alleviating the problem of impending grid lock might take: Continue theHighway 99 tunnel project, but stop the removal of the viaduct and rebuild or retrofit what remains. During the planning…

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Comments | More in Traffic congestion | Topics: Charles Larkin, congestion, Highway 99 tunnel

October 21, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Campaign financing: Just ignore political advertising

The editorial commentary of E.J. Dionne in The Seattle Times regarding political campaign financing is right on. My solution to this problem is to ignore most of what it pays for [“Money is driving partisanship,” Opinion, Oct. 12]. Posters, yard signs, handouts, mailings, advertisements, candidate speeches and most commentators on radio and TV are…

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Comments | More in Campaign finance | Topics: campaign financing, elections, political advertising

October 21, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Metro funding: There are many more priorities for taxpayer money

This is in response to the editorial “This time, vote to expand Metro’s service” [Opinion, Oct. 11] regarding Seattle Transportation District Proposition 1. We all need to step back and regroup. Metro’s financial circumstances have improved dramatically since the proposal to add .01 percent to the sales tax and $60 to car-tab fees was…

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Comments | More in Metro | Topics: Janet Michaelsen, Metro Transit, Proposition 1

October 20, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Mental health: After addressing ‘boarding,’ look to comprehensive care

Washington state is one of the most progressive parts of the country. But when it comes to providing emergency psychiatric beds to individuals undergoing mental health crisis, Washington ranks a dismal 47th in the United States [“Escaping the mental-health abyss,” Opinion, Oct. 13]. Providing more beds in order to cut down on the prolonged…

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Comments | More in Mental illness | Topics: Ara Badayos, boarding, James Hnida

October 20, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Fund local public health to combat all communicable diseases

Not one city in Snohomish County is contributing a dime toward ensuring our public-health system is strong and ready to respond to health situations that impact us all [“Fund Public Health — Seattle & King County, for much more than Ebola response,” Opinion, Oct. 13]. Communicable diseases such as tuberculosis and the emergence of…

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Comments | More in Health | Topics: Ebola, public health, Public Health — Seattle & King County

October 20, 2014 at 7:05 AM

A strange decision by the League of Women Voters to oppose Proposition 1B

As a longtime member of the League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County (LWVS-KC) active in education issues, I was deeply disappointed by the LWVS-KC Board’s decision to oppose the city’s quality preschool program — Proposition 1B [“The Times recommends to vote for Proposition 1B to bolster quality preschool in Seattle,” Opinion, Oct. 8]. This decision…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Education Committee, King County, League of Women Voters

October 20, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Spanking: Some punishment is warranted by those who ‘just do not get it’

With all due respect for guest columnist Roslyn Ann Duffy, we, as a society, are witnessing the results of a total lack of consequences when bringing up a child [“Spanking teaches the wrong life lessons to children,” Opinion, Oct. 14]. We see every day young people breaking into homes or vehicles, and when they…

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Comments | More in Children | Topics: Child abuse, Leonard Pitts Jr., spanking

October 19, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Zoo elephants: City Council needs to up the pressure on the zoo

You won’t hear the City Council or mayor admit it, but the fact is this: The City of Seattle has authority to compel the Woodland Park Zoo to transfer its two surviving elephants, Bamboo and Chai, to a sanctuary and permanently close its live elephant exhibit [“Learn from the death of zoo elephant…

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Comments | More in animals | Topics: elephants, Rick Hall, Washington Alliance for Humane Legislation

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