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Seattle Times letters to the editor

July 29, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Lack of judgement in security decision by the State Patrol in billing issue

The most disturbing aspect of this situation with the Veterans Affairs was the part regarding the Washington State Patrol removing the computer interface that allows the VA security to access the criminal database for information about contacts ["Lapses plague security forces at local VA facilities," Local News, July 28]. This seems to be an…

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Comments | More in Veterans | Topics: Dirk Roberts, veterans affairs, washington state patrol

July 29, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Victoria sewage: The city is being a bad neighbor

The people of Victoria, B.C., apparently are special ["Victoria’s sewage does not pollute Washington shores," Opinion, July 25]. They get to do what most First World cities do not — discharge raw sewage, in this case into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It never ceases to amaze me that when somebody just doesn’t…

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Comments | More in Environment | Topics: B.C., environment, Paul Gutowski

July 28, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Maybe women just might not be interested STEM education

Why aren’t more women choosing STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers? ["State needs to do more to get girls interested in STEM learning," Opinion, July 25]. Schools, the media and society are all promoting STEM for students, including girls. Even the workplace is friendly and accommodating with supportive policies, environments and good wages. And…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, engineering, mathematics

July 28, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Court secrecy: Privacy rights best determined by the Legislature

The Seattle Times provided a good discussion regarding the litigants in state court proceedings who seek to keep their identities from public disclosure [“Open-court issues in the spotlight with state Supreme Court ruling,” Opinion, July 27].  As The Times noted, the state Supreme Court arrived at the correct decision regarding the Burien tenants…

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Comments | More in courts | Topics: court secrecy, David Voyles, Legislature

July 28, 2014 at 7:04 AM

President’s visit: An idea on how to ease traffic in the future

As I was waiting for traffic to clear during the president’s visit, I came upon the idea of using the Museum of Flight as a venue for solving the financial crisis of fundraisers for candidates in the Northwest ["Obama visits Seattle for two fundraisers," Local News, July 22]. Our museum is a flamboyant display…

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Comments | More in Politics | Topics: fundraisers, Mark Wilson, Museum of Flight

July 27, 2014 at 4:23 PM

State’s fires: Encouraging to see workers’ efforts

The Seattle Times’ story about the courageous people who lost everything in the wildfires moved me to tears [“Laborers lost a lot to fast-moving wildfire, now work to rebuild lives,” Local News, July 23]. It is amazing that some workers stayed behind as the inferno approached to rescue farm equipment that was not even…

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Comments | More in Wildfire | Topics: Anne Trench, forest fires, immigration

July 27, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Government dysfunction: The power of pledges

Our words and our promises matter. That’s why the Independent Women’s Voice created the Repeal Pledge, for repeal of the president’s health law. Recently, columnist Danny Westneat wrote that pledges make Washington, D.C., “dysfunctional” [“No new taxes’ means no new anything in D.C.” Local News, July 15] But pledges like ours are not responsible…

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Comments | More in Politics | Topics: Danny Westneat, Hadley Heath Manning, Independent Women’s Voice

July 26, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Boeing should end aloof management practices

Boeing CEO Jim McNerney states that he will not retire when he turns 65 next month, even though it is Boeing company policy [“Boeing profit rises, but tanker program worries analysts,” Business/Technology, July 23]. He then goes on to state that, “The heart will still be beating, the employees will still be cowering, I’ll…

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Comments | More in Boeing | Topics: Boeing, CEO Jim McNerney, James J. Farrell

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