December 19, 2013 at 7:32 PM
Both parties need to join and support the USA FREEDOM Act
Thank you for the Editorial, “Cut down big brother” [Opinion, Dec. 17].
Even the intelligence-connected independent White House panel favors controls on NSA surveillance.
Shame on those who would join Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., to codify the limitless, secretive and self-serving practices of the NSA.
Everyone in Washington state’s delegation to Washington, D.C., must be held accountable for their support — or nonsupport — for the USA FREEDOM Act, the bipartisan House and Senate bills to dial back the NSA’s overreach. Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Seattle, has joined Reps. Suzan DelBene, D-Medina, and Rick Larsen, D-Everett, to be a co-sponsor.
December 19, 2013 at 7:01 PM
We need an alternative to our failing public schools
Hats off to King County Superior Court Judge Jean Rietschel for declaring the charter school initiative constitutional [“A charter schools victory,” Opinion, Dec. 15].
Voters have finally seen the light and approved the initiative, which had been voted down twice in the past eight years. The Washington Education Association continues to fight the constitutionality of the initiative, and it appears that our public schoolteachers don’t care that 30 percent of students drop out of high school, primarily minorities in low-income areas.
December 19, 2013 at 7:31 AM
First vote happened too fast and was based on emotion
The International Association of Machinists’ no-vote was short-fused and largely based on emotion. Union leadership is being urged to let the membership vote on the new Boeing contract offer [“Desperate for lift, Long Beach pitches a skilled workforce,” page one, Dec. 18].
My hope is that members will focus on the contract and on what a yes or no vote means for them and their union brothers and sisters. Emotional issues of Boeing management’s compensation, stock performance and profits are distractions. These are not contract issues.
If the 777X is built here, there is also a good case to continue to build future new airplane models here.
December 19, 2013 at 6:30 AM
Politicians, glaciers, and the tortoise and the hare
As The Times reminded us last week, the gradual disappearance of Arctic sea ice is being driven by anthropogenic climate change, which is also contributing to the increased likelihood of wildfires and a host of devastating effects linked to climate change [“Report links extreme weather, melting of Arctic sea,” News, Dec. 13].
Meanwhile, back home in Washington, it seems as if glaciers are moving faster than our politicians as our state’s climate panel led by Gov. Jay Inslee has been unable to progress on implementing climate policy. The process to develop legislation to deal with climate change, which began five years ago, has come to a deadlock as Republicans refuse to take on policy citing cilmate change’s potential impacts on the economy.
December 18, 2013 at 7:32 PM
Frequent crimes on buses should send a message to Metro management
At a time when the number of bus routes in Seattle has been reduced and more frequent violent incidents on Metro buses have been reported in the media, we are now treated to the news that a hardworking man simply doing his job — in what must be a trying and potentially dangerous circumstances — has been fired for reacting to a personal attack [“Metro bus driver fired after assault on passenger,” NWSaturday, Dec. 14].
Exactly how much abuse should Metro drivers take from an increasingly uncivil public? I would feel much safer taking the bus if I knew that the bus driver has the authority to maintain order — yes even to the point of self-defense or retributive violence.
December 18, 2013 at 7:01 PM
Businesses would rather buy labor-saving equipment
A $15 minimum wage would prove to be a cruel hoax on those currently making minimum wage [“$15 wage efforts gaining steam in Seattle,” page one, Dec. 18].
At this point low-level workers cannot compete with someone qualified to earn $15 an hour. If they could they would have a job making $15 right now. For that matter, there would be displacements among all wage earners between minimum and $15 an hour.
December 18, 2013 at 11:15 AM
Many of our letters this week have been in response to Boeing, the Machinists and a possible vote. Gov. Jay Inslee and Rep. Rick Larsen want the members of International Association of Machinists District Council 751 to have another vote on a revised contract from the company. This would allow union members to make up their own minds on the adequacy of the offer. Times columnist Lance Dickie agrees that the union members should vote and have the power to decide their own future.
Below our readers share their perspectives.
With record-breaking profits, Boeing should be the one to compromise
The issue between the Machinists and Boeing is getting to a point were there are no winners [“Maybe another 777X vote,” page one, Dec. 13].
The Machinists are split into two different sides themselves. A large number of the workers are happy with the current offer from the company and are willing to agree to the new contract in order to continue supporting their families.
The heads of the union, however, claim that the new contract is too similar to the old one and would let Boeing to find a new plant location sooner than agreed upon in the new contract. The union needs to get on the same page with its goals before it is too late and neither it nor Boeing gets what they are looking for.
December 18, 2013 at 7:36 AM
Government is not capable of running our nation’s health-care system
The system giving access to the insurance products is flawed so severely that those who need it have to pick up the phone and call [“People stymied by error codes on state health exchange may get more time to enroll,” Online, Dec. 15].
Now the government is asking insurance companies to guarantee coverage to those who tried to sign up but were unable to complete it.
It is embarrassing that in this technically advanced world, with computers, software and Internet that this is happening.
This is unfair to the providers and those trying to purchase it. It is a perfect example of why the government is not capable of running our nation’s health-care system. It is welcome to regulate it, but they obviously should not be this much involved.
December 18, 2013 at 7:04 AM
Those not concerned about the dangers of nuclear waste need to weigh the threats
I fully agree with the views expressed by Sid Morrison and K.C. Golden [“Decarbonizing our future,” Opinion, Dec. 16].
I believe discussion of nuclear power needs to be broadened. I recently learned that a large part of the nuclear fuel used in this country comes from enriched uranium and plutonium salvaged from nuclear weapons dismantled by Russia and sold to the U.S. as part of a nuclear-arms reduction agreement. Interestingly, there is concern that the cost of nuclear power will soon increase because that source is running out. I regard this as good news in that it represents a reduction in the nuclear weapons threat.
Those of us who are concerned about the dangers of nuclear waste need to seriously weigh the relative threats. Which threat is worse: weapons grade nuclear material or spent fuel?
December 18, 2013 at 6:26 AM
As a former gun owner, I support Initiative 594
Thanks for the informative article regarding the gun summit organized by supporters of Initiative 594 [“Anniversary a call to action” page one, Dec. 13]. However, I believe the media coverage of this initiative misses the mark.
I-594 is not about gun control. Rather, it is about gun responsibility.
Alan Gottlieb is the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation and advocates for gun rights. I acknowledge his right to own guns. However, what about the rights of children to be safe at school?
With gun rights comes gun-owner responsibility. King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg stated, “Gun owners are not the problem. In fact, they are the solution.” He stressed that gun owners voting for I-594 is the key to winning.
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