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Seattle Times letters to the editor

September 22, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Climate Change: All candidates for public office need to work on global warming

Thank you for your coverage of the People’s Climate March in New York, as well as the thousands of rallies held around the world ["Worldwide rallies call for action now on climate change," Nation & World, Sept. 21]. People from all parts of the country and around the world are seeing the effects…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: Citizens Climate Lobby, climate change, Fran Koehler

September 22, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Middle East: Palestinians have not been interested in a two-state solution

In a recent column Jerry Large sings the praises of Seattle professor John McKay who is on assignment in the Middle East trying to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians ["McKay Sees Palestine as an Ireland," Local News, Sept. 17]. McKay believes that the conflict can be solved the same way the…

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Comments | More in Middle East | Topics: Ireland, Israel, John McKay

September 22, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Editorial endorsements: Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos is an independent voice

It’s not unusual for The Times to criticize legislators who differ with its views on education. To wit, Times’ editorials (July 31, September 7, 2014) repeatedly paint Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos as an obstructionist or tool of the state teachers’ union. Far from it. Tomiko Santos remains an independent, strong-willed and hard-working member of the Legislature….

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos, Ricardo Sanchez

September 22, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Increase foreign aid budget to deal with conflicts

As conflicts flare up in Iraq, Syria, Ukraine, and throughout the world, Americans once again are left to ponder: Should we get involved? ["France joins US against Islamic State over Iraq," Nation & World, Sept. 19]. More pointedly, we should be asking: how should we get involved? Support for military intervention is fickle and…

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Comments | More in war | Topics: iraq, Paul Deckard, Robert Gates

September 20, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Conversation starter: What would you ask state candidates?

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

Get ready for the barrage of candidates and campaign information heading toward your doorstep.

Since May, throughout the state, legislative candidates have been doorbelling, speaking at rallies, riding in parades, glad-handing at fairs, meeting with newspaper editorial boards. The Seattle Times editorial board continues to publish its recommendations for voters to consider when they cast their ballots.

But voters themselves can find plenty of opportunity to ask candidates about important topics. The Times editorial board has published its suggestions voters can ask, along with explanations of why they are important.

What would you ask candidates, given the chance? What would you say they need to focus on? Why? Leave your comment in the form below and it might be featured in print and online in the next week.

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Comments | More in Conversation starter, Legislature | Topics: candidates, Conversation Starter, Legislature

September 20, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Domestic violence: Don’t only assign blame

The high-profile instances of domestic violence in the NFL underscore a prevalent and deeper problem [“How to send chills down NFL’s spine,” Opinion, Sept. 18]. Domestic violence and familial trauma affect as many as 60 percent of adults in the U.S. This is common, pervasive and occurs in a culture that keeps such matters…

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Comments | More in Domestic violence | Topics: domestic violence, Jody McVittie, Karen Schrantz

September 19, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Marijuana: Grow more to hurt the black market

Killy Nichelin, who didn’t get a lottery spot, said some winners looked to profit from their license alone, which they viewed as “golden tickets” to barter with. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

In the time since marijuana has been legalized in Washington, I fear that the state and the Liquor Control Board have lost sight of the most fundamental thing: Marijuana was legalized on a promise to drive out criminality and replace the black market [“Rocky start for state’s pot stores,” Local News, Sept. 17 ].

In order to do this, two things will have to happen: Much more marijuana will need to be

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Comments | More in Marijuana | Topics: Adam Schuetzler, Liquor Control Board, marijuana

September 19, 2014 at 7:05 AM

I-594: Gun background checks won’t deter criminals

Supporters of Initiative 594 claim a study shows a supposed benefit of gun background checks. The premise is that I-594 “could have prevented those deaths because some of the guns used had been stolen…” They assert it “could prevent some questionable transactions and make it more difficult for criminals to get guns.” This is the logical…

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Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: background checks, Bob Wiley, gun conrol

September 19, 2014 at 6:04 AM

McCleary decision: Blame Tim Eyman for our funding woes

Legislators, both Republican and Democrat, have struggled to balance the needs of the state with the available resources. And now they are held in contempt by the court because there are not enough resources ["Supreme Court finds Legislature in contempt on education funding," Politics Northwest, Sept. 11]. The people of Washington should direct their…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Edward Roe, Legislature, McCleary decision

September 18, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Fight against the Islamic State: Other countries are smart to not become involved

Do you hear the countries of Japan, India and China’s mentioned in all this talk about the Middle East, when it comes to eradicating the world of the Islamic State ["Islamic State group issues new curriculum in Iraq," Nation & World, Sept. 15]? While our money and time is spent on this unattainable goal, they’re…

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Comments | More in Middle East | Topics: Barb Kelley, iraq, Islamic State

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