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Seattle Times letters to the editor

December 18, 2014 at 5:53 AM

U.S. Senate torture report: We’ve lost the moral high ground

I am saddened, but not entirely surprised, to learn that more than 50 percent of Americans condone our government’s use of torture [“Majority of Americans think CIA justified in use of terror tactics,” Nation & World, Dec. 15]. What have we become? To inflict the same abuses and terror on those who attack us…

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Comments | More in torture | Topics: CIA, Lori Lisowski, Torture

December 17, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Surgeon general confirmation: Dr. Vivek Murthy is a vibrant spokesman

When the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy as the new surgeon general [“Senate approves Obama pick for surgeon general,” Nation & World, Dec. 15], the American people gained a vibrant spokesman and strong proponent of our public health. As the youngest surgeon general in history, he will bring entrepreneurial and organizational…

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Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Doctors for America, Dr. Vivek Murthy, Lisa Plymate

December 17, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Federal budget: Fund programs that promote peace efforts

In a year of deep divide in our government, I appreciate that our elected officials came together to pass a bill to keep us solvent through September 2015 [“Senate OKs nominees and tax bill as term ends,” Nation & World, Dec. 17]. While the budget passed doesn’t include funding for Homeland Security, it does…

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Comments | More in Budget | Topics: Federal budget, peace, Seattle Peace Alliance

December 16, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Highway 99 tunnel: Give Bertha a burial service

The Alaskan Way Viaduct with CenturyLink Field and Mount Rainier in the background (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times).

I recommend that the reality of the situation be accepted and addressed before the downtown sinks any further [“WSDOT explains the settling, liability and safety of the Highway 99 tunnel project,” Opinion, Dec. 15]. It is well known that Seattle sits on unstable ground, and tunneling has now disturbed it.

Stop pumping. Leave Bertha where it is and give it a decent burial service. Get on with a workable solution — either a new viaduct or

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Comments | More in Viaduct | Topics: Bertha, Gretchen Lambert, highway 99

December 16, 2014 at 6:01 AM

School discipline: It’s a cycle that perpetuates difficulty in classes

The article on suspending high school students by Claudia Rowe hit home for me [“Suspending kids doesn’t fix bad behavior; schools look for answers,” Education, Dec. 5]. I’m a high school student from the suburbs of Seattle and the truth of the article is unavoidable. I have had friends that even have been suspended…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Claudia Rowe, discipline, education

December 15, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Senate torture report: A gray area has been created to hide torture

Once again, Orwellian doublespeak attempts to justify the unjustifiable [“Owning up to actions after terror report,” Opinion, Dec. 13]. Unacceptable and illegal torture has been re-branded by our government as “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques,” but apparently that euphemism is too descriptive for even former Vice President Dick Cheney, so he’s now describing torture by the…

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Comments | More in torture | Topics: Clarence Moriwaki, dick cheney, Enhanced Interrogation Techniques

December 14, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Conversation starter: Reader responses on the state of the medical, recreational marijuana markets

(Photo by Steve Ringman / Seattle Times)

Editor’s note: The Times asked readers of last Sunday’s editorial on medical marijuana: “How is marijuana legalization going so far?” and “What would you change?”

How’s it going so far?

The medical system has been treated poorly in legalizing recreational marijuana. Marijuana is an effective medicine for many conditions.

There seems to be a rush to eliminate the medical system entirely. This would be a disservice to the many people who depend on marijuana to treat debilitating conditions.

Paul Lyons, Seattle

It’s doing well. Yes, the medical aspect has to be changed. Make them pay taxes and regulate them just like retail. Too many people hide behind a medical card.

Wena Coffman, Goldendale

Dispensaries always check my ID and medical card, so I don’t think they are letting underage or people without authorization buy.

Ronald Felthoven, Marysville

When Gov. Chris Gregoire vetoed large portions of medical-marijuana reform, she harmed the industry and our state, putting us in the medical-marijuana quandary we are in now.

Had our medical pot been regulated, it would have been simple to follow the Colorado model of allowing medical stores to be the first recreational stores.

Sharon Whitson, Kirkland

The state Liquor Control Board has made some harsh and strict rules for recreational growers, while medical growers have none at all. Somehow the playing field has to be leveled between growers, or the board can have my grow license back.

Mary Gress, Vashon

The medical-marijuana suppliers have created a bigger market, and the products cost about one-quarter the cost for only a limited number of strains available from the recreational growers.

Steve Kuehn, Olympia

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Comments | More in Marijuana | Topics: marijuana, medical marijuana, recreational marijuana

December 12, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Highway 99 tunnel: Think about sunk cost

In The Seattle Times editorial “Digging out from the tunnel mess” [Opinion, Dec. 10], the editorial board stated, “The lack of a clear path forward is emboldening the doomsday prognosticators demanding that the plug be pulled on the tunnel. With $1 billion of the $1.44 billion contract already spent, that would be grievous…

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Comments | More in Viaduct | Topics: Bertha, David Goodkin, highway 99

December 12, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Ferguson: Current event lessons for students

I believe that having discussions throughout the classrooms in this country while the Ferguson issue is still going on is a great idea. I strongly agree with Christine Armario’s article “Nation’s classrooms reflect on Ferguson decision” [Nation & World, Dec. 2]. In order to change the problems in this country to make a better country…

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Comments | More in Protests | Topics: Christine Armario, education, ferguson

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