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Seattle Times letters to the editor

September 1, 2014 at 7:06 AM

Net neutrality, FCC: The Internet is already open

It’s great that so many are interested in preserving and nurturing the Internet; unfortunately, much of the discussion is misguided. The Seattle Times’ editorial [“Innovation would be stifled under FCC’s plans,” Opinion, Aug 19] is one example of well-intentioned, but misguided. The Federal Communications Commission did not propose a “two-tiered” Internet, and has said there…

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Comments | Topics: broadband, Federal Communications Commission, net neutrality

August 31, 2014 at 7:08 AM

Seattle police lawsuit: Criticism should come from within

In a free society there is a need for law and order [“SPD officers say city ‘playing politics’ with their lives,” Local News, Aug. 28]. That need requires personnel of quality and, in many cases. quantity. Criticizing the very body that provides this need has got to be truthful and logical. At any company there…

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Comments | Topics: department of justice, law enforcement, Seattle Police Department

August 31, 2014 at 6:48 AM

Beacon Hill International School: Cheating unfairly implied

I would like to express my extreme displeasure in the unfounded characterization of in an article on Beacon Hill International School [“Seattle school under review for big jump in state test results,” Local News, Aug. 27]. I appreciate that the Seattle Public Schools felt compelled to report that, “Passage rates in math and reading at…

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Comments | Topics: beacon hill, education, standardized testing

August 29, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Woodland Park Zoo elephants: Provide a bigger area

While there is no doubt that the conditions for the elephants at the Woodland Park Zoo are deplorable, the fact remains that these magnificent animals are, and always have been, a major attraction for zoo attendees [“Elephant’s death a wake-up call,” Editorial, Aug. 26]. There is an alternative to removal of the two surviving elephants…

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August 29, 2014 at 7:28 AM

Mental illness and faith communities

Partnerships can help The decision by the Washington State Supreme Court to close the door on warehousing psychiatric patients and the extensive reporting in The Seattle Times about the shambles of the mental-health system have been most encouraging [“What’s troubling mental health,” Opinion, Aug. 17]. Valiant mental-health officials are scrambling to respond to the crisis. But…

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Comments | More in Mental illness | Topics: faith communities, mental health care, NAMI

August 29, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Better credit and financing for marijuana industry

Need to operate like other commercial entities No industry can operate safely, transparently or effectively without access to banks or other financial institutions [“Feds drag feet on banking for marijuana industry,” Opinion, Aug. 27]. While it is encouraging to see that a small but growing number of financial operators are beginning to provide necessary services…

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Comments | More in Economy, Marijuana | Topics: Cannabis commerce, economy, marijuana

August 28, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Change the narrative surrounding police

A police tactical team prepares to disperse a group of protesters in Ferguson. The protests were sparked after Michael Brown, an unarmed black man was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer on Aug. 9. Photo: Jeff Roberson)

They are not the enemy I was pleased to read that police officials invited black community leaders and activists to discuss police engagement with the community [“Community, SPD talk about preventing a Ferguson here,” page one, Aug. 27]. I grew up in an immigrant neighborhood where cops walked the beat and kids went to the…

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Comments | More in police, Race | Topics: law enforcement, police, race

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